Decorative Arts & Design History

Smithsonian Associates in partnership with
The George Washington University

Stefanie Walker

Stefanie Walker

Art History: European sculpture and the decorative arts from the 16th through the 18th centuries


Stefanie Walker studied art history, classical archaeology, and European history at the Universities of Würzburg and Munich and earned her doctorate in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1994. Her primary research interests are European sculpture and the decorative arts from the 16th through the 18th centuries. She has curated exhibitions and taught at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York from 1995-2005. She has been editor or co-editor and contributor to several publications, including Life and the Arts in the Baroque Palaces of Rome: Ambiente Barocco (1998), Vasemania: Form and Ornament in Neoclassical Europe (2004), and The Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry (2004). Since 2008 she is Senior Program Officer in the Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stefanie has held fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Academy in Rome and Villa I Tatti in Florence. She is also a certified goldsmith and jeweler and an honorary member of the Nobil Collegio degli Orafi, the Roman Goldsmith’s Guild.