Paving the Way: The Critical Role of an Arts Administrator

Stephanie Moore
(c) Jennifer Cole

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The Corcoran’s annual Dudley Memorial Lecture will feature Stephanie Moore, the Executive Director at the Center for Craft, with a talk starting at 6 pm. A reception with drinks and light bites, open to all, will start at 5 pm in the atrium of the Flagg Building. This event is free and open to all.


Stephanie Moore is the executive director at the Center for Craft, located in the cultural oasis of Asheville, N.C. Moore is a mentor to the next generation of arts administrators, having led small teams toward big visions over the past 25 years. She engaged the Center for Craft’s board and staff in critical discussions that paved the way for the Center’s relocation to downtown Asheville and the renovation of the building into a National Craft Innovation Hub, and she strengthened operations and programs. 


This lecture will offer a personal account of Moore’s career in the visual arts, including candid revelations to those aspiring to do the same. Moore is driven by the desire to create opportunities for those who are underrepresented, to give those who have chosen the arts a place to practice as well as to preserve their memory and forge their legacy.  


Prior to joining the Center, Moore was the director of Visual Arts for VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Moore launched the first-ever artists’ registry for artists with disabilities, founded an emerging-artist program supported by Volkswagen Group of America, and provided oversight for the statewide career forums in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Moore also curated over 40 exhibitions, including Revealing Culture, a groundbreaking exhibition held at the Smithsonian Institution’s International Gallery and designed by Michael Graves & Associates. 


Moore holds a B.A. in art history and studio art from James Madison University and an M.A. in museum studies/nonprofit management and visual culture/material studies from George Washington University.


The Dudley Memorial Lecture was established in 1984 by Argentina Copello Dudley’s husband, Robert Whittier Dudley, and their six children to commemorate and perpetuate her life’s work and interests. In keeping with Argentina’s vision, the objective of the program is to provide memorable and enriching cultural experiences to diverse audiences. The Dudley family established this endowment fund to secure in perpetuity the annual Dudley Memorial Lecture.

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