Martina Bagnoli serves as the head of the Department of Medieval Art and the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Research interests include monumental church decoration, illuminated manuscripts and Western medieval sculpture. She has recently curated an exhibition on medieval reliquaries,
Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, co-organized with the Cleveland Museum of Art and with the participation of the Vatican Museums and the British Museum. MORE INFO →
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.
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 →
Terry Drayman-Weisser has been associated with the Walters Art Museum since 1969 and has been Director of Conservation and Technical Research since 1977. She did her undergraduate work in Art History at Swarthmore College, where she also focused on the sciences and studio art. She studied physical metallurgy in the graduate program at The Johns Hopkins University and received her diploma with distinction in archaeological conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London.
Lynley Anne Herbert was appointed 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.
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.
Amy Landau is in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books. Her research explores shifts in the visual culture of early modern Iran, with particular emphasis on interaction between Safavid Persia and Europe and the Armenian merchant community of New Julfa. She is currently working on an international loan exhibition on the art of the Islamic manuscript,
Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World in Fall 2014.MORE INFO →
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.
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.
Robert Mintz is Head of the Curatorial Division and Department of Asian Art. He has explored topics ranging from Japanese medieval narrative paintings and Chinese legends to contemporary institutional architecture and the post-pop avant-garde in Asia.His most recent publication,
Japanese Cloisonné Enamels (2009) accompanies a 2010 exhibition of the same name. Today his research focuses on issues arising from the interrelationship of Chinese and Japanese works of art with an emphasis on products of the 18th- and 19th- centuries. MORE INFO →
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 →