Niki Ciccotelli Stewart is currently the Vice President and Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at the Frank Llyod Wright Foundation. She oversees tours, events, and educational explorations as she leads the Foundation in a pursuit to transform what a unique living museum experience can look like in the future. Stewart most recently served as Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She was instrumental to the art foundation Art Bridges where she created and initiated grant-making, collection sharing, and exhibition programs that continue to serve people across America.

Notably, Stewart brings over eleven years worth of experience in a variety of roles at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. During her time with Crystal Bridges, Stewart was part of the inaugural team that conceptualized and launched the museum. She went on to create an endowed school visit program, designed and curated a variety of exhibitions which included programmatic design for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House and was a vital part of the museum’s expansion to a second site. 

Overall, Niki has worked in the arts for twenty years, as an artist, educator, and administrator. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Niki worked at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida; and in Florida public schools. She also spent nearly a decade with The Walt Disney Company, working in entertainment, costuming, and educational programming. She was part of the opening team of The Disney Institute and helped build and launch the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line’s fleet: The Disney Wonder.

Niki holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where she majored in Illustration and minored in Photography. She has studied at Johns Hopkins University, The College of New Jersey, and Moore College of Art and Design.

GLI Peer Mentor (2016)