Annette de Stecher
Assistant Professor, Critical Museology, Visual Arts of America • Associate Chair for Art History
Art History

Professor Annette de Stecher is an American art scholar; her focus is histories of integrated visual arts across cultures. Prof. de Stecher is a specialist in women’s histories and critical museology: historical and contemporary practices of museum representation.

Her courses cover historical and contemporary American and Indigenous visual arts topics, as well as graduate seminars in critical museology and exhibition practices. Study of collections and exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado University Art Museum, and the Colorado University Museum of Natural History are an integral part of her course work.

Prof. de Stecher’s book, Wendat Women's Arts, forthcoming in February 2022 with McGill-Queen’s University Press, was supported by a Millard Meiss Award, Social Science and Humanities Research Council awards and a Kayden Award. Her book- in- progress, Chiefly Gifts: The Power of Trade Silver, 1750-1820, was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant.

Prof. de Stecher earned an M.A. in Art and Its Institutions and Ph.D. in Cultural Mediations from Carleton University, and a B.A. in Art History from McGill University. Her research was supported by a Fellowship at the Canadian Museum of History, a Curatorial Fellowship at Carleton University, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellowship.

Selected Publications

  • “The Art of Community.” Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review 42 no. 2 (2017): 54-71.
  • “Of Chiefs and Kings: Wendat and British Diplomatic Traditions, 1838-1842.” Ethnologies 37, no. 2 (2017): 103-130.
  • “Souvenir Art, Collectable Craft, Cultural Heritage: The Wendat of Wendake Quebec,” in Craft and Community: the Material Culture of Place and Politics (February 2014).
  • “Les arts wendats au service de la diplomatie et de la traite.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec 44, no. 2-3 (2014): 65-77.
  • “Integrated Practices: Huron-Wendat Traditions of Diplomacy and Museology,” in Journal of Curatorial Studies (April 2014).