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A creative, passionate team

Alongside founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, the leadership team has overseen 14 years of significant growth and a growing team of over 1,400.

21c Founders

LAURA LEE BROWN + STEVE WILSON

21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to share their passion for contemporary art and help revitalize downtown Louisville. Both native Kentuckians, this husband and wife team has found success by letting their passion and intuition serve as a guide in hospitality, farming, preservation, philanthropic giving, investing and collecting contemporary art.

Brown and Wilson also own and operate Hermitage Farm, a historic, working thoroughbred and sport horse farm in Goshen, Kentucky. Native Kentuckians, they share a deep appreciation for the Commonwealth’s rural and urban architectural landscapes alike.

Leaders

SARAH ROBBINS | Chief Operating Officer
A founding partner of 21c and responsible for hotel operations, food & beverage, sales & marketing, brand management, accounting, and human resources. Robbins previously held roles with the group as Chief Hospitality Officer and SVP Operations Prior to 21c, Sarah launched several new concepts for Myriad Restaurant Group and managed New York’s Tribeca Grill.

MOLLY SWYERS | Design Consultant to 21c
Molly oversees architecture, interior design, branding and retail merchandising. Prior to joining 21c, Molly worked in design and merchandising roles for consumer brands such as Gap Inc., Calvin Klein, and Hartmann.

ALICE GRAY STITES | Chief Curator and Museum Director
Alice curates exhibitions and oversees commissions, cultural programming, and museum operations for 21c’s multiple venues, in addition to collaborating with Steve and Laura Lee on art sourcing and acquisitions. Prior to this role with 21c, Alice was Director of artwithoutwalls, Adjunct Curator for the Speed Art Museum, and has served in various editorial roles for ARTnews, Contemporanea, and Art & Auction.

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