Board of Directors

Jill Sterrett

Jill Sterrett , Emeritus Board Member

Jill Sterrett is the Interim Director at The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. She joined The Smart Museum as Deputy Director for Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact in 2018. Under this newly created leadership role Jill has lead the strategic planning and interdepartmental efforts that reimagine the Museum’s role as a catalyst for learning in the 21st century, making it a site to better serve students and faculty at the University of Chicago, the surrounding communities, and national and international partners. The position aligns innovative methods of exhibitions and collections management with sound financial oversight and fosters a work culture to support the long-term success and sustainability of The Smart Museum and its vital role within UChicago Arts. Jill comes to The Smart Museum from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she served as Paper Conservator (1990–2000), Head of Conservation (2000–2002), and Director of Collections (2002–2018), placing the voices of living artists at the center of collaborative approaches to art stewardship and research. She has also worked at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. Jill is a graduate of Denison University with a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Art History. She earned her M.A. in Art Conservation from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She has published and taught on the subject of museums, conservation and contemporary art, including as a Fulbright scholar in Portugal. Jill was the VoCA Board President of VoCA from 2014-2020.

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