Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum
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. During her tenure at the Yale Center for British Art, she also taught numerous courses in the history of art.
Marciari-Alexander was also instrumental in launching an initiative to publish the SDMA’s collection online, similar to the Walters’ ongoing digital projects. The Walters continues to increase access to its collection and exhibitions by making images of artworks available online for free, inviting audiences to engage with art through online initiatives, and collaborating with art partners around the world in the Google Art Project.
In addition to curatorial and scholarly initiatives, Marciari-Alexander also played a critical role in the SDMA’s community outreach and educational programs. She was a founding member of a “Learning Partnership” focused on community, museums and cultural arts that works to create a bridge between Balboa Park and the communities commonly called the Diamond Neighborhoods in Southeastern San Diego. This four-year partnership resulted in the 2012 opening of the Center for Community and Cultural Arts.
Julia Marciari-Alexander earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art at Yale University. She also received an M.A. in French literature at New York University and a B.A. in art history and French at Wellesley College. Marciari-Alexander is married to John Marciari, curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art. The couple has two children, twins, Beatrice and Jack.