On behalf of the search committee and Weatherspoon staff, director Nancy Doll says, “Emily is just the person we were looking for, with her combination of skills and experience in organizing exhibitions and working with artists, commissioning new work, writing, lecturing, and great interest in collaborating across campus and the community.”
She began on October 19.
Stamey comes to the Weatherspoon from the Scottsdale (AZ) Museum of Contemporary Art, where she has been Curator of Contemporary Art. In that capacity, she organized a number of thoughtful and engaging exhibitions such as Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon, an exhibition featuring video installations that blend scientific research and the traditions of romantic landscape painting to offer imaginative glimpses of the future; and Leslie Shows: Surfacing, which premiered new, multimedia paintings that explore the histories of how humans have transformed matter. Her current research examines the ways in which artists have used canonical fairy tales to explore current events and contemporary cultural debates.
Prior to her work in Scottsdale, Stamey was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita (KS) State University. Among well received exhibitions there, she organized Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles; Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary; Alfred Jaar: We Wish to Inform You That We Didn’t Know; and Odili Donald Odita: Television, to name a few.
She received her Ph.D. from The University of Kansas, Lawrence. Her dissertation was titled Pop, Place, and Personal Identity in the Art of Roger Shimomura, and she published the catalogue raisonné on the artist’s prints from 1968-2005. While working on both her master’s and doctoral degrees at KU, Lawrence, she held progressively responsible positions at the Spencer Museum of Art there.
Stamey has written a number of catalogues and exhibition essays, has taught university level classes and lectured at various conferences, and has served on a number of selection panels. She is a member of the College Art Association, Association of Art Museum Curators, and Art Table.
Photo credit: Sean Deckert-Calnicean Projects.