Curator of Decorative Art and Design
Stephen Harrison is responsible for a diverse collection of ceramics, glass, metalwork, and furniture representing European, American, and Asian export material from 1500 to the present. He joined the museum in 2005 and has worked on numerous projects, including the complete redesign and reinstallation of the museum’s decorative arts collection.
Harrison has held curatorial positions in New Orleans, Dallas, and Atlanta. Among his many articles and publications is the award-winning book Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique. He is co-curator of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s (and co-author of the accompanying catalogue) currently on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and soon to be seen in Cleveland in the fall of 2017.
Harrison is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He also earned a master of science degree in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts in early American material culture from the Winterthur Museum Program at the University of Delaware.