Curator of Decorative Art and Design
Stephen Harrison is the curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he is responsible for European and American collections of decorative art from 1500 to the present. He joined the museum in 2005 and has curated numerous projects, including the recent exhibition, The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, co-organised with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.
Before coming to Cleveland, Mr. Harrison held curatorial positions in New Orleans, Dallas, and Atlanta. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including the award-winning catalogue for the 2008 exhibition Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, and lectures widely on the subject of decorative art and historic interior design around the world.
Harrison is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He holds graduate degrees in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and in early American material culture from the Winterthur Museum Program at the University of Delaware.