The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn., has hired Amy Smith-Stewart as its new curator. Smith-Stewart serves on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts and Sotheby's Institute of Art, both in New York. She was the founder of Smith-Stewart, a nomadic gallery that formerly operated on New York's Lower East Side.


Alyson Baker, the museum's executive director, praised Smith-Stewart's "extensive knowledge of contemporary art, broad curatorial and teaching experience, and ability to mentor" in a press release.

The curator post has been vacant since the 2012 departure of Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, who had been with the museum full-time since 2008, and as a curatorial intern since 2003. After a short stint as senior curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, Calif., Ramírez-Montagut is now the associate director and senior curator at the Movimiento Arte Y Cultura Latino Americana, also in San Jose.

Smith-Stewart, whose prior experience also includes curatorial roles at MoMA PS1, the Peter Norton Collection and Mary Boone Gallery (all New York), starts May 14.