Cornell Art Museum Names Stephanie Wiles Director

The new director of Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Stephanie Wiles. (Photo: Janine Bentivegna Photography)

Stephanie Wiles, the director of Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, has been picked by Cornell University to run its Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Ms. Wiles will replace Franklin W. Robinson, who held the position for nearly two decades.

Ms. Wiles is a university museum veteran. Prior to running the museum at Oberlin, she served as curator of Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center, after beginning her career at New York’s Morgan Library, as a curator in its department of prints and drawings. She holds an M.A. in art history from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

The Johnson Museum, which is housed in a 1973 building designed by architect I. M. Pei, is home to 32,000 works of art, including about 15,000 photographs. A new wing, measuring 16,500 square feet, will open to the public on Oct. 15.

Prior to the opening of the Johnson Museum, Cornell’s art collection was shown at the Andrew Dickson White House on campus, where the late artist Willoughby Sharp organized the 1969 exhibition “Earth Art,” one of the first major museum exhibitions about contemporary artists using the land to make work. Cornell Art Museum Names Stephanie Wiles Director