Stephen D. Allee

Associate Curator for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Stephen Allee

Stephen D. Allee is associate curator for Chinese painting and calligraphy at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. In 1975, he received his BA in Chinese language and literature from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and then pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington. Selected as a fellow by the Committee for Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China (National Academy of Sciences), he was among the first eight graduate students from the United States to study in the People’s Republic of China, attending the University of Nanjing from 1979 to 1980. After receiving his PhD candidacy (1983) and master’s degree from the University of Washington (1986), Allee joined the Freer and Sackler in 1988.

Since then, he has curated or co-curated more than fifty exhibitions at the museums, and his research and translations have appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications, including Challenging the Past: The Paintings of Chang Dai-chien (University of Washington Press, 1991), Brushing the Past: Later Chinese Calligraphy from the Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (Freer Gallery of Art, 2000), In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy by Bada Shanren from the Estate of Wang Fangyu and Sum Wai (Freer Gallery of Art, 2003), and in the online web resource Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy (February 2010).

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