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Stephen Allee

Associate Curator for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy


Stephen D. Allee received his BA in Chinese language and literature from George Washington University. Stephen was among the first eight graduate students from the United States to study in the People's Republic of China, attending the University of Nanjing from 1979 to 1980. After receiving his PhD candidacy (1983) and master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from the University of Washington (1986), Stephen joined the Freer and Sackler in 1988. Since then, he has curated or cocurated more than twenty-five exhibitions at the museums, and his research and translations have appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications including Challenging the Past: The Paintings of Chang Dai-chien (1991), In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy by Bada Shanren from the Estate of Wang Fangyu and Sum Wai (2003), and, most recently, in the Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy web resource (2010).


The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.