In a flouncy short Alexander McQueen dress and golden flats, Tacoma Art Museum director Stephanie Stebich was married two weeks ago in a ceremony that made the New York Times Vows column yesterday!
Stebich and her wife, Anne-Imelda Radice, director of the American Folk Art Museum (and before this, first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts!), have known each other for years, but only began dating this spring. They will continue their relationship long distance, they say.
Stebich said she wasn't sure how the story got into Vows, except that maybe it was a case of "ars longa, vita brevis." My suspicion is that it was sheer adorability. Theirs is a good story. I love this especially:
Ms. Radice was already resigned to spending most of her life trying to hide in plain sight as a gay woman.
In the summer of 2015, the two women met in Detroit for a museum directors’ meeting and had a cup of tea together. But while they started talking art and museums, the conversation quickly turned personal: Ms. Radice told Ms. Stebich about her frustrations about living in the closet. Only her close friends knew she was gay.
“I felt I could trust her because she had never hidden her sexuality,” Ms. Radice said. “I looked up to her for that.”
Anne-Imelda (and Stephanie, for that matter), we here at The Stranger have your back. Congratulations, and here's to years of joy and warmth and all the good things.
(If you like a good wedding slide show, you'll love this one.)