Independent Art Historian and Curator,
MaryAnne Stevens specializes in 18th-, 19th- and early 20th- century art, with particular reference to British, French and Nordic art in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following a full-time career in the academic world, she worked at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where, as Director of Academic Affairs, she established the Learning Department and the Architecture Programme, professionalized the Collections, Library and Archive, and, for three years from 2005 - 2008, served as Acting Secretary. She also curated many major loan exhibitions, including those on aspects of the history of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and on historical and contemporary Architecture. She left the Royal Academy in January 2013 to pursue a career as an independent art historian and exhibition curator. Future exhibition projects are being presented at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA and the National Gallery, London and Pushkin State Art Museum, Moscow. She is academic consultant to the Sparebankstiftelsen DnB and to the Astrup Research Centre KODE Art Museum of Bergen. She was co-editor and contributor to the recently published The Royal Academy of Arts: History and Collections (Yale University Press / Paul Mellon Centre, 2018). She has been a member of the Advisory Board, Paul Mellon Centre, London, and the Faculty of Archaeology, Humanities and Letters, British School at Rome, She currently serves as Chair of the Watts Gallery Trust, sits on Maggie’s Art Advisory Board and the Architecture Advisory Board of the British School at Rome. She is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.