Kristen Stewart

Kristen E. Stewart joined the Valentine as the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume and Textiles in the fall of 2014. Stewart  was most recently a curatorial assistant in San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums, where she has worked since 2013 in the Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts.

Before residing in San Francisco, Stewart lived and worked in New York with the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She held a research position in the collection and lectured throughout the U.S. and in England.  Stewart earned her M.A., Cum Laude, in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Prior to completing her masters, Stewart worked with the Calvin Klein Archive and as an assistant designer and fashion illustrator in the garment district. Stewart earned a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Fashion Design, the school that ignited her passion for fashion.

Meg Hughes

Meg Hughes, Curator of Archives, joined the Valentine in 2004 and manages the museum’s archival holdings and research services. She holds an M.S. in Information (Archives and Records Management) from the University of Michigan and an A.B. in History from Princeton University. Prior to the Valentine, Meg worked and interned at Princeton’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Yale University Library (Manuscripts and Archives) and the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.

Liz Reilly-Brown

Marisa Day

Marisa Day joined the Valentine in June 2013 as Student Programs & Tours Manager from her work as Programs Assistant and Educator with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has worked with a number of cultural institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She earned a B.A. in History from University of Mary Washington and a M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies from V.C.U.  She has also served as an adjunct professor in the art museum studies program at University of Mary Washington.

Sarah M. Kim

Sarah M. Kim, Deputy Director, joins the Valentine from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts where she was assistant director of development,expanding alumni networks and major donor support. Kim served on the volunteer and staff team that raised $32 million for the VCU Institute of Contemporary Art, which broke ground in June 2014 and is slated for completion in 2016.

Before VCU, Kim was Executive Director of the Neighborhood Resource Center in Richmond’s Fulton Hill and oversaw capital campaigns and program growth at the Science Museum of Virginia, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and the James River Association. Kim has also traveled the country promoting civics education programs for high school students. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Art History.  She is part of the TEDxRVA leadership team and serves on the board of Art 180.

William J. Martin

William “Bill” Martin, director of the Valentine, leads over 50 museum staff members in telling the story of Richmond lifestyle and culture.  For more than 20 years, Martin has diversified the Valentine’s programming, expanded Richmond walking tours and group tours, and worked collaboratively in the community to promote city tourism initiatives. Martin holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Following years of experience directing museums in Georgia, Florida, and Virginia, he joined the then-Valentine Museum in 1993 as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Under his leadership, the institution has expanded civic involvement, developed more than 300 themed tours and raised millions for capital improvements, renovated historic structures and expanded programming.

Martin serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Business Council and Leadership Metro Richmond. He chairs the Richmond Region Museum Directors and is a member of the Richmond Mayor’s Tourism Commission. Martin has been actively involved in community conversations about societal issues and cultural enrichment and recently collaborated with many educators and scholars to create a downtown heritage walking trail, the Richmond Liberty Trail, which joins the Richmond Slave Trail.

Before joining the Valentine, Martin was Director, Tourism and Museums for the City of Petersburg, Virginia; Executive Director of the Jacksonville Museum of Arts & Science in Florida, and Executive Director of the Okeefenokee Heritage Center/Southeastern Forest World in Waycross, Georgia.

Martin shared his philosophy about Richmond’s future in an interview with Richmond-based company, Ledbury in 2014:

“We can think about a future of Richmond that’s not totally embedded in what we think our past looks like. The past doesn’t define the future, it informs it. There’s this tension between how we think about our past and what our past was. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that tension, because that’s where our energy is. In the tension from our past is where we might find ourselves better.”