Skye Lacerte joined Swann as the Illustration Art Specialist in August, 2023. Prior to her time at Swann, Skye served as Curator of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive (DIRA) at Washington University in St. Louis where she worked with original materials by some of the nineteenth and twentieth century’s most well-known illustrators and graphic artists. She was instrumental in growing the holdings in size, reputation, and impact, leading the acquisition of high-profile collections including Seymour Chwast, Archie Comics, and the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.Skye also served as core faculty in Washington University’s Illustration and Visual Culture MFA program, a unique degree that incorporates special collections practice and materials into the curriculum. She also has curated and developed many successful exhibitions exploring the history, significance, and influence of illustration. Skye studied art history at UC Irvine and went on to earn a master’s degree in library and information science at San Jose State University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, and collecting vintage paperback novels.