The High Museum of Art in Atlanta recently announced the appointment of Stephanie Heydt as the new Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art. Heydt will be responsible for the High’s American art collection, comprising nearly nine hundred objects, which includes significant works by renowned 19th- and 20th-century American artists such as William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Twachtman, and Childe Hassam.
Previously Heydt had served as the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, since January 2008. Heydt received her Phd in art history from Boston University in 2008 and also holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. Prior to her position at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, she served as the Jakob Rosenberg Research Fellow in American art at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, from 2002 through 2005. Heydt also served as an assistant curator at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation) in Chicago and has lectured and published widely on 19th- and 20th-century American art and culture.
Heydt replaces Sylvia Yount who left the High Museum in January 2007 to become the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.