Nancy E. Zinn
Deputy Director for Curatorial, Exhibitions, Conservation
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.
Zinn is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Management Institute and To Be a Director programs, and has participated in seminar programs on Governance, Managing Change, Building Evaluation Capacity, and Leading Innovation sponsored by National Arts Strategies. She served on the Maryland Humanities Council’s Museum Professionals Consulting Panel in 2003 and on the College Art Association’s Museum Committee from 2003-2006. From 2007-2010, Zinn was President of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange (ICEE). She has held the position of Lecturer in the department of Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University since 2005.
As Deputy Director for Curatorial, Exhibitions and Conservation, Zinn provides day-to-day leadership for the strategic, administrative, budgetary, and operational direction of the museum’s Curatorial, Conservation, and Exhibitions and Collections Management Divisions.