Joy Peterson Heyrman
Deputy Director for Development
Joy Heyrman has been with the Walters since 1991. As Deputy Director, Development, she is a member of the museum’s senior management, overseeing the functional unit responsible for identifying, soliciting and stewarding all of the sources of contributed income for the museum. This includes a team of 13 staff members, numerous volunteer groups and the Development and Campaign Committees of the Board of Trustees. Development departments include major gifts, individual giving, corporate, foundation and government grants, exhibition and program sponsorships, tribute gifts, planned giving and special events, as well as rental of the museum. She works with leadership volunteers to secure funding for capital projects and endowment, including the Sharing the Gift endowment campaign. Heyrman is in charge of Board relations and is the staff liaison to the Governance Committee.
A career museum professional, Heyrman was selected in 1998 for the Getty Museum Management Institute (MMI) and has served as an arts advocate and development consultant. She holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.A./Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, where her dissertation, inspired by William Walters album of American drawings, investigated the collecting, reception and developing market for drawings in early 19th-century America. As the Walters’ Exhibition Curator for American Art, she organized New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville for spring 2013.
She resides in the Cedarcroft neighborhood of Baltimore with her husband, music producer Jack Heyrman, and daughter Charlotte.