Miami, Florida,
26
October
2021
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12:00 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

The Wolfsonian-FIU Appoints Casey Steadman as New Director

Hal Fischer, Signifiers for a Male Response from Gay Semiotics , 1977. Carbon pigment print, 20 x 16 inches. Museum purchase, 2021.20.1. Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant, London, © Hal Fische

Acting Director Casey Steadman has been named Director of The Wolfsonian–FIU, bringing years of leadership, business experience, and civic engagement to his now-permanent role. Steadman has led the institution for 18 months as Acting Director following the departure of Tim Rodgers.

“Director Steadman has successfully steered The Wolfsonian–FIU through the trying times of the pandemic, one of the most challenging chapters in its 26-year history. University leadership applauds his accomplishments, as well as his dedication to student success,” said FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton. “We are looking forward to having him lead The Wolfsonian into a new era, one we know will be game-changing.”

The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum, library, and research center devoted to art and design, with a collection of about 200,000 items from the period 1850–1950. The collection includes a variety of media, from furniture and art to rare books and propaganda posters.

Museum founder Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson Jr. praised the selection of Steadman as Director. “Casey Steadman is a natural successor to build on my promise to the City of Miami Beach and its esteemed citizens of a bustling research center brimming with ideas and activity,” said Wolfson. “With his steady hand and the marvelous Wolfsonian staff at the helm, it has been a thrill watching my concept of The Wolfsonian as a public resource and world-recognized authority on design be fully realized. This is a true confluence of vision and passion for culture.

As Director of The Wolfsonian–FIU, Steadman plans to continue The Wolfsonian’s critically acclaimed exhibition program while also expanding the institutional footprint. Committed to student success, he also plans to work collaboratively with The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab to create not only a resource for students, but also one for the entire community, driving a renewed interest in the humanities that bridges public, academic, and civic spheres.

Casey Steadman has been a member of Wolfsonian leadership since 2013, as Deputy Director of Business Affairs and most recently as Acting Director. His key areas of focus include the museum’s strategic plan, digital engagement, and an investment in public humanities. In 2020, he engaged the community in a successful City of Miami Beach ballot referendum vote to secure the rights to a Wolfsonian expansion, which will ultimately establish The Wolfsonian Arts District.

Steadman brings years of strategic leadership, as well as financial and operational experience to his new role, having steered capital projects and strategy for The Wolfsonian. Before that, he served as the Atlanta History Center’s longtime Chief Financial/Operating Officer.

“I want to ensure that The Wolfsonian is prepared for the future, with an eye towards inclusion, accessibility, preservation, and sustainability. I am honored to be tasked with the stewardship of an institution that has played such a significant role in both South Florida and, for many years, my own life,” Steadman said.

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About The Wolfsonian–Florida International University
The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. Our holdings comprise more than 200,000 items dating from 1850 to 1950—the height of the Industrial Revolution through the aftermath of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial design; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare and reference books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; sculptures; textiles; and medals.

The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, and children ages 6–18; and free for Wolfsonian members, State of Florida residents, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under 6. The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am–6pm; Friday, 10am–9pm; and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Contact us at 305.531.1001 or visit us online at wolfsonian.org for further information.

The Wolfsonian receives generous and ongoing support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

About FIU
Florida International University is a Top 50 public university that drives real talent and innovation in Miami and globally. High research (R1) activity and high social mobility come together at FIU to uplift and accelerate learner success in a global city by focusing in the areas of environment, health, innovation, and justice. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of more than 58,000 and 270,000 Panther alumni. U.S. News and World Report places dozens of FIU programs among the best in the nation, including international business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks FIU among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good.

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