University Place, Syracuse University
Stephanie James

School of Art
Director
Doris E. Klein Endowed Professor of Art

Stephanie James is director of the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

James is a fine artist previously serving as associate dean and head of the School of Visual Arts at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), United Kingdom. Her research focuses on curation and the dynamic between space and the creative process. She creates artworks and engages in exhibition making--organizing, curating, and developing strong working external partnerships to realize major projects, including Boite-En-Valise at the Venice Biennale.

Recent funded research has focused on developing a framework for determining the way in which leaders assess effectiveness and evaluate the impact of the “art school” gallery; she believes that the gallery is an important space for pedagogy and a rich site for developments in research in arts, design, media, and performance.

James is a member of several professional organizations: European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), National Council of Art Administrators (NCAA), and the College Art Association (CAA). She is a member of the steering group of Paradox Fine Art European Forum, affiliated to ELIA.

James holds a master of fine art degree in sculpture from Newcastle University, United Kingdom; a bachelor of art degree from Hull College, United Kingdom; and a bachelor of fine art degree from Concordia University, Canada.