STEFANO CATALANI, DIRECTOR OF ART, CRAFT, & DESIGN
Stefano Catalani joined Bellevue Arts Museum in 2005 as Curator and was appointed Director of Art, Craft, & Design in February of 2010. He has conceived and organized 20 (and rising) acclaimed exhibitions exploring the dynamic field of art, craft, and design. Major exhibitions include the launch of the BAM Biennial, The Mysterious Content of Softness, ÜberPortrait, Ed Pien: Haven, Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room: The Jewelry of Ron Ho, and Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker, among others. Paying special tribute to Northwest artists, Catalani has showcased the work of some of the most promising talents of this region, including Mandy Greer, John Grade, Etsuko Ichikawa, and Tip Toland. Six exhibitions curated by Catalani have gone on nationwide tours to other museum venues, introducing on-the-rise craft artists to new audiences across the continent. Traveling exhibitions include The Mysterious Content of Softness, A Tapestry of Memory: The Art of Dinh Q Lê, Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce, Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker, and Ed Pien: Haven.
During his tenure at BAM, Catalani has written and/or contributed to nine exhibition catalogues published by Bellevue Arts Museum; among them an award winner from the American Association of Museums (2007, Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room: The Jewelry of Ron Ho).
Highly regarded in the field of contemporary art, Catalani has been chosen as a nominator and juror for many awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, the Neddy Fellowship Award (Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA), the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Artist Trust, Seattle, WA), and the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR). He also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, and other educational institutions.
An Italian native, Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001. His classic studies in Italy provided him with a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy. At BAM, he focuses on the fluidity between art, craft, and design, emphasizing both tradition and innovation.