Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York, has been accepted as a Visiting Scholar at The American Academy in Rome. He will complete a two-week study term there in November.


Miller has been in the museum field since 1971. He has served as a curator, director, consultant, trustee, and educator.  For the past fourteen years, he has been an adjunct professor in the Seton Hall University M.A. program in Museum Professions. He holds a B.A. in Sculpture from Bard College and an International Graduate Certificate in the Principles of Conservation Science from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy. Miller joined Boscobel as Executive Director in 2013.


During his time as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Miller will complete a book about how museums remove collections, a practice referred to in the profession as “deaccessioning.” He has made it something of a specialty over the years, having written, lectured, advised, and consulted extensively on the subject.


An important part of any collection management practice, deaccessioning can be highly controversial and must take place under stringent professional guidelines to remain ethical. Miller’s deaccession book will follow Wiley-Blackwell’s forthcoming publication of his museum studies textbook in the fall of 2017.


Speaking about this opportunity at the American Academy in Rome, Miller says, “I am delighted to have been selected for this competitive honor. It will be time well-spent in a distinguished learning environment in a remarkable city teeming with stellar art, exciting history, and awesome museums.”




Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. It is the only privately funded not-for-profit institution among the national academies. In addition to its Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships, the Academy invites a select group of Residents, Affiliated Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Scholars to work together within this exceptional community in Rome.

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