Gallery 400 Staff

Lorelei Stewart, Director

Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400 since 2000, has organized over 40 exhibitions, including the Joyce Award-winning exhibition Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy...Stupid (2006). In 2002 she initiated the acclaimed At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago series, a commissioning program that encouraged Chicago area artists' experimental practices. Stewart currently serves as Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, a BA from Smith College, and a BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Naomi Blumberg, Interim Assistant Director

Anthony D. Stepter, Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement

Ionit Behar, Gallery Graduate Assistant

Ionit Behar joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013. She is the archivist and community engagement assistant. She received an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD student at UIC. Her interests are focused on the history of exhibitions, sculpture and site-specificity after 1960, and curatorial practice.

Stephen Gropp-Hess, Gallery Graduate Assistant 

Stephen Gropp-Hess joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013 as the communications assistant. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and is currently pursuing an MA in Art History at UIC. His focus is on the history of private space in the 20th century and beyond.

Pınar Üner Yılmaz, Gallery Graduate Assistant

Pınar Üner Yılmaz joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013 as the exhibition assistant. She received her MA in Art and Design in 2009 from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and is currently a PhD student in Art History at UIC. She is interested in contemporary cross-cultural curatorial studies, with a focus on Istanbul Biennials.