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March 29, 2018

Stephanie Wiles Named Director of the Yale University Art Gallery

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—Stephanie Wiles will serve as the next Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery. Wiles comes to the Yale University Art Gallery from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, where she has been director since 2011. Her tenure begins July 1, 2018; current director Jock Reynolds announced his retirement from the museum in February 2017 after serving as director for twenty years.

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Stephanie Wiles,” Yale University president Peter Salovey said. “She is an inspiring leader who is excited by the power of art to help us make connections and spark new ideas. I know she will steward the gallery—one of Yale’s finest treasures—while, together with other arts leaders on campus, envisioning new possibilities for the arts at our university.”

In addition to leading the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Wiles served on the board of Cornell Tech, the university’s science and technology graduate school in New York City and secured funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for semester-long courses incorporating the arts, humanities, science, and engineering. Prior to her time at Cornell, Wiles held leadership positions at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University, as well as in the department of drawing and prints at the Morgan Library & Museum. She holds a master’s degree from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City Univeristy of New York.

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