Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison, CMA curator of Decorative Art & Design

Stephen Harrison, CMA curator of Decorative Art & Design


  • 2005 to Present – Curator of Decorative Art & Design, the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • 2002 to 2005 – Curator of Decorative Arts, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta
  • 2000 to 2002 – Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art
  • 1996 to 2000 – Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art
  • 1994 to 1996 – Curator of Decorative Arts & Technology, the Louisiana State Museum


  • Diploma, Attingham Summer School, England
  • M.A. in Early American Culture, University of Delaware
  • M.S. in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in British Studies, University of Virginia

Recent Exhibitions:

  • Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, Cleveland Museum of Art, October 19, 2008-January 19, 2009; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, February 14-May 31, 2009.
  • Animals in Art: Creatures by Viktor Schreckengost, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, April 29, 2006-August 29, 2006.
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920: Design for the Modern World, Cleveland Museum of Art, October 16, 2005-January 8, 2006. Curator of Cleveland venue.
  • Reinstallation of Permanent Collection, High Museum of Art, completion June 2005.
  • Richard Meier: The Architect as Designer and Artist, High Museum of Art, September 19, 2003-April 2004.
  • Out of the Vault: Silver and Gold Treasures, Dallas Museum of Art, September 10-December 10, 2000.

Published Works:

  • Co-author with Emmanuel Ducamp and Jeannine Falino. Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique (Cleveland: CMA, 2008).
  • “Helene Kröller-Müller and the Furniture of H.P. Berlage,” in Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kröller-Müller Museum (Atlanta: High Museum of Art, 2004), 132-139.
  • Co-author with Charles L. Venable, Katherine C. Grier, and Ellen Denker. China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Abrams, 2000).
  • “Painted Furniture at the Dallas Museum of Art.” 1998 Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show Catalog (Dallas: Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show, Inc., 1998), 49-51.
  • Contributor. The Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (Dallas: DMA, 1997).
  • “The Nineteenth-Century Furniture Trade in New Orleans.” Antiques (May 1997), 748-759.
  • “C. Lee: Maker of Bedsteads for the Southern Market.” Maine Antique Digest (April 1994), 28-29a.
  • “A Curator’s Odyssey: The Search for the True Identity of 19th-Century Cabinetmaker C. Lee.” Louisiana Cultural Vistas (Spring 1995), 4-7.
  • Research Assistant. David Brownlee and David De Long, Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture (New York: Rizzoli, 1991).






3 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Cary said


    My name is Cary Andrews and I’m working on behalf of Positively Cleveland. One of the things we’re doing is getting the word out about your Artistic Luxury exhibit and in my search for blogs to promote on I stumbled across yours! Just wanted to say that from everything I’ve seen excitement is really running high for this exhibit. Congratulations on some great work!


  2. Hello,

    Just wanted to write and say how much I am looking forward to the Artistic Luxury exhibit! As a local jewelry artisan, I am eagering awaiting my visit to the museum. Thank you for putting together what will surely be a wonderful exhibit.
    Leah Gilbert

    PS. David De Long was one of my professors at Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program. (I graduated in 1982.)

  3. Lisa said

    Hello Steven!

    As a web designer, I often try to explain to clients why blogs are a good thing or a bad thing based on their particular needs. I must pull in about 100 feeds and spend a few minutes scanning them. Yours is about one of three that I actually read – and I am always happy when you have a new post.

    Our friend Sarah seems to be pushing us towards a vacation in 2009 that involves seeing this exhibit. I really hope it works out!

    Thanks so much for your great work –
    Lisa McCade

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