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The Walters Research Forum

The Walters Research Forum seeks to foster a congenial setting for sharing new scholarship in art history, conservation, and museum studies. It welcomes proposals for topics relevant to the work of Walters curators, conservators, and fellows. Its format is flexible, including round table discussions and seminars with invited participants from area museums and universities, as well as more conventional lecture-style presentations by Walters curators, conservators, or fellows, or by invited outside specialists. The Walters Research Forum also includes scholarly symposia organized in conjunction with special exhibitions and projects.


The Story of Helen Panels: Examining the Walters' Remarkable, Monumental 15th- Century Spalliera Series
October 13, 2014

Textiles in the Andes: Recent Thoughts on Industry, Significance, and Impact
December 12, 2014

Three Voices: Adam and Eve by Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia (WAM 27.219)
May 28, 2015

For more information on Walters Research Forum events, contact Danielle Horetsky, Curatorial Assistant, at

Academic Outreach

The Walters Research Forum collaborates with a select number of prestigious academic institutions to promote the results of its research. Partnership with the Program in Museums and Society at the Johns Hopkins University provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience in the development of exhibitions and the display of works of art in a museum setting. Classes have been held at the museum in the history of the book in association with Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Members of The Walters Research Forum

  • Martina Bagnoli, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Medieval Art
  • Gregory Bailey, Mellon Conservation Fellow in Objects Conservation
  • Pamela Betts, Associate Painting Conservator
  • Jo Briggs, Assistant Curator of 18th- and 19th- Century Art
  • Meg Craft, Senior Objects Conservator
  • Terry Drayman-Weisser, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation and Technical Research
  • Karen French, Senior Painting Conservator
  • Glenn Alan Gates, PhD, Conservation Scientist
  • Eric Gordon, Head of Painting Conservation
  • Dr. Lynley A. Herbert, Curatorial Associate in Manuscripts and Rare Books
  • Danielle Horetsky, Curatorial Assistant
  • Amy Landau, Associate Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books and Islamic Art
  • Julie Lauffenburger, William B. Ziff, Jr. Conservator of Objects
  • Robert Mintz, Chief Curator and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art
  • Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator
  • Abigail Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation
  • Joaneath Spicer, James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Chiara Valle, Zanvyl Krieger Fellow in Manuscripts and Rare Books

Affiliate Members

  • William R. Johnston, Curator Emeritus of 18th- and 19th- Century Art
  • William G. Noel, Founding Director, Special Collections Center and Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
  • Elizabeth Rodini, Associate Director, Program in Museums and Society Senior Lecturer, History of Art Department, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Hiram Woodward, Research Curator in Asian Art