Museum and Arts educator Marta Reid Stewart serves as chair/teacher of the Museum Studies department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Ms. Stewart became founding chair of Museum Studies in the 1991-1992 school year, by developing its core curriculum, making Ellington' the only secondary education museum studies department in the United States. Ms. Stewart is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art history. She went on to earn her graduate degree from George Washington University in Museum Education. Before coming to Ellington, Stewart taught at Georgetown Day School, was guest lecturer at George Mason University in museum studies, and Duke University in art history, museum educator for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of African Art. As an intern at the Phillip’s Collection Stewart developed a workshop for families based on works from the permanent collection.
Over the course of her professional career, Ms. Stewart received the Marcella Brenner Award for excellence in the field of museum education and the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. She is a recipient of grants from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment of Arts, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Institute for Museum and Library Services Stewart was most recently awarded the National Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Stewart is the co-author of the teacher’s guide for elementary and secondary teachers that was developed in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s special exhibition “To Color America: Portraits by Winold Reiss” that toured the United States. Recent publications include “Musing in High School” in the American Association of Museums’ journal, Museum News and “Women in the Works: A Psycho-Biographical Interpretation of Jacob Lawrence’s Portrayal of Women as Icons of Black Modernism,” for Source: Notes in the History of Art journal.
Stewart developed lesson plans for Arlington House, the former home of General Robert E Lee, which is available for online use by teachers nation-wide since 2007. In the spring of 2008, Ms. Stewart was invited to participate as a panelist for f Hottentot to Hip Hop: The Black Female Body in Art and Visual Culture, a seminar at Atlanta’s Spelman College.