A nationally recognized authority on California Impressionism, Mr. Jean Stern has extensive experience as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher. He is Senior Curator of California Impressionism at the Institute and Museum of California Art, University of California, Irvine. He is also Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum. In over twenty-eight years, first at The Irvine Museum, and now at the Institute and Museum of California Art, he worked to established a national presence for California Impressionism through a noteworthy series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles and video documentaries. In his career, he has presented over 250 lectures and judged and juried more than 100 local, national and international art competitions.
Mr. Stern has presented tours and lectures on California Art in numerous museum including the International Cultural Center, Krakow, Poland; Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, France; National Academy Museum in New York; Terra Museum in Chicago; San Diego Museum of Art; Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gibbes Museum in Charleston; Brigham Young University Museum; Autry National Western Heritage Center; The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and many others. He was a consultant to and appears in IMPRESSIONS OF CALIFORNIA, a PBS documentary video series on art in California, and on PLEIN AIR: PAINTING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE, (PBS 2007).
In 2017, Mr. Stern received the prestigious CHEVALIER OF THE ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS from the French Ministry of Culture. He has also been presented with three LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in 2013; by the Plein Air Painters of America in 2014; and by PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE in 2014.