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Kathleen Basham

Kathleen Basham

Chief Operating Officer at the Walters Art Museum

Basham was named Chief Operating Officer of the Walters Art Museum in 2012, and has overall responsibility for the effective financial and operations management of the Museum. As COO, she is a member of the museum’s executive management team that engages in strategic planning and will have direct responsibility in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, security, capital projects, retail and café operations, and facilities management.

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Jo Briggs

Jo Briggs

Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th- Century Art at the Walters Art Museum

Jo Briggs is in the 18th- and 19th- Century Art Department. Her published research has focused on nineteenth-century academic painting and its relationship to print culture. In spring 2015, Jo will act as point-curator for a small exhibition showcasing Jenny Carson's research on Maryland sculptor William Henry Rinehart and his studio practice in Rome. Jenny is Chair of the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at MICA, and recently was a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. MORE INFO →


Lynley Anne Herbert

Lynley Anne Herbert

Robert and Nancy Hall Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum

Lynley Anne Herbert was appointed Robert and Nancy Hall Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in 2013, and has previously worked in the department as a Carol Bates Fellow and as a Curatorial Associate (2010-2013). She specializes in Western medieval manuscripts, and her personal research interests focus on the interplay between text, image, theological thought, and the viewer within Carolingian manuscripts. Her most current article, "Le toucher de l’Evêque," stems from a keynote address she recently gave in Poitiers, France, and serves as a precursor to her monograph LUX VITA: The Majesty and Humanity of Christ in the Gospels of Sainte-Croix of Poitiers, now in progress.

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Eleanor Hughes

Eleanor Hughes

Deputy Director for Art & Program at the Walters Art Museum

Eleanor Hughes provides strategic direction and leadership for a program of collection installations, special exhibitions, conservation and technical research, and education/public programs that engages diverse audiences and builds support for the Walters.

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William Johnston

William Johnston

Curator Emeritus of 18th- and 19th- Century Art at the Walters Art Museum

In 1966, William R. Johnston joined the staff of the Walters Art Museum as assistant director. Over the years, he has held various positions at the Walters including chief curator, associate director and senior curator at large as well as director of the archives. He has organized, or co-organized, numerous exhibitions devoted to 18th- and 19th- century European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts and American paintings. He is the author of William and Henry Walters: The Reticent Collectors. Presently, William Johnston is currently cataloguing the Jean M. Riddell collection of Russian enameled silver and the Olga Pertzoff collection of ethnic jewelry.

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Amy Landau

Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum

Dr. Amy Landau is Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, in 2007. She has just completed an international loan exhibition on Islamic Art dedicated to stories about people and the significance of biography in Muslim traditions. This exhibition, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, was generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Julia Marciari-Alexander

Julia Marciari-Alexander

Executive Director

Julia Marciari-Alexander is the fifth Executive DIrector of the Walters Art Museum, and the first woman to hold the post. She came to The Walters from the San Diego Museum of Art where she served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and where she also served as the Interim Co-Director (2009-2010) and Interim Deputy Director for Education (2010-2011). Prior to her work with the SDMA, she spent more than 10 years at the Yale Center for British Art, first as Assistant/Associate Curator of Paintings & Sculpture, followed by Associate Director of Programmatic Affairs and Associate Director for Exhibitions and Publications.

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Jim Maza

Jim Maza

Chief Technology Officer at the Walters Art Museum

Jim Maza oversees the Walters Art Museum's art collection information system, digital imaging services and network infrastructure. He provides strategic guidance regarding the use of technology throughout the organization.

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Joaneath Spicer

The James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum

Joaneath Spicer is Head of the Department of Renaissance and Baroque Art. She is writing a publication on the Walters' Chamber of Wonders. Her other current research interests include: Italian spalliera 15th-century paintings in the Walters (including the Walters' famous  Ideal City painting), the social role and symbolism of the rapier, and the role of the study "from life" in the observational sciences and art of the Renaissance. Her recent exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, explores the world of Renaissance art in Europe to bring to life the hidden African presence in its midst.  MORE INFO →