Alice Gray Stites is Chief Curator and Museum Director of 21c Museum. With more than 70,500 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum is North America’s first multi-venue museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century. Stites curates site-specific installations, rotating exhibitions, and a range of cultural programming at all 21c Museum Hotels, now in seven cities. Under Alice’s leadership, 21c collaborates on arts initiatives with artists and cultural organizations worldwide including North Carolina Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Crocker Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Creative Capital Foundation, Creative Time, and others. 21c has presented more than 100 exhibitions. Drawing from a collection of nearly 3,000 works, augmented by loans from artists and arts institutions, recent curated exhibitions include Cuba Now!; Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea; Hybridity: The New Frontier; Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion; Seeing Now; Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs; Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity; Albano Alfonso: Self-Portrait as Light; Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art; Labor&Materials, Fallen Fruit: The Practices of Everyday Life; The Future is Female; and Truth or Dare: A Reality Show.
Prior to joining 21c, Stites was director of artwithoutwalls, a non-profit, non-collecting public arts organization, and served as adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Stites serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville, and advises both the University of Kentucky Art Museum and the University of Arkansas’ Department of Art. She has lectured at universities and conferences, including Art Basel Conversations, Leaders in Software and Art, TEDx Stockholm, the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and has served on selection committees for ArtPrize, PULSE art fairs in New York and Miami, and the Moving Image Award. Stites graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.