Stephanie Hornbeck is Director of Conservation at Caryatid Conservation Services, Inc., the private practice she founded in 2010. From 2010-2011 Stephanie served as Chief Conservator of the Smithsonian Institution Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, which operated in Port-au-Prince after Haiti's 2010 earthquake. From 1998-2009 she served as Conservator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.
Stephanie received her B.A. in art history from Wellesley College and her diploma in fine art conservation (objects) and M.A. in art history from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She completed her graduate internship in archaeological conservation at the Smithsonian's Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL), now the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI).
Stephanie is a past chair of the Smithsonian Forum for Material Culture and the AIC Education and Training Committee. She is a Professional Associate of AIC.
Stephanie's research interests include the identification and regulation of ivory; the intersecting approaches of ethnographic and contemporary conservation methods; and post-disaster recovery of cultural heritage.