Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Medieval Art at the Walters Art Museum
Martina Bagnoli serves as the head of the Department of Medieval Art. 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 »
Chief Operating Officer
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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Assistant 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. Her current projects are an exhibit entitled The Scottish Colourists for summer of 2014 and further work on Paul Gavarni to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his death in 2016. She is also working on a book manuscript for Manchester University Press that examines representations of the male body in British visual culture between 1848 and 1851. MORE INFO »
Deputy Director for Audience Engagement
Jacqueline T. Copeland has been with the Walters Art Museum, since March 2000. As Deputy Director for Audience Development she provides all day-to-day leadership of the strategic, administrative and operational direction of the museum’s Divisions of Education and Public Programs and Marketing and Communications. She is one of four members of the Walters’ Senior Management Team. Prior to the Walters she was co-director of the Education and Community Programs Department of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten years.
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Director of Conservation and Technical Research, the Walters Art Museum
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.
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Director of Marketing
Matt oversees institutional branding, exhibition and event promotion, graphic design, public relations and the Website. Prior to the Walters Art Museum, Matt spent ten years in traditional advertising at firms like Ogilvy & Mather and ten years as Marketing Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
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Deputy Director for Development
Joy Heyrman has been with the Walters Art Museum since 1991. As Deputy Director for 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.
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Curator Emeritus of 18th- and 19th- Century Art
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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Associate Curator of Manuscripts and Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum
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 »
Chief Technology Officer
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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Chief Curator, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum
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 »
Assistant Curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Art Museum
Marden Nichols is in the Department of Ancient Art. Nichols is interested in relationships between image and text in antiquity, as well as in contexts for the display of classical art across a range of periods. Recent publications discuss ancient Roman domestic decor and the moral discourse of luxury, similarities in the authorial personae of Horace and Vitruvius, and the reception history of plaster cast replicas of classical art. She is currently working on the upcoming exhibition, Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum.MORE INFO »
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 »
Deputy Director for Curatorial, Exhibitions, Conservation the Walters Art Museum
A native of Minneapolis, Nancy Zinn earned her B.A. in Microbiology and Art History from the University of Minnesota. Following a successful research career in the field of transplantation immunology, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Art from The Ohio State University, specializing in Northern Renaissance Art. After holding positions in the curatorial and education departments of the Columbus Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Zinn joined the curatorial staff of the Walters Art Museum in 1998, as Visiting Assistant Curator for the special exhibitions Land of the Winged Horsemen: Art in Poland 1572-1764, and Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures from Ancient Ukraine. She was named Director of Exhibitions at the Walters in 2002.
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