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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.


Telling Global Stories
September 21, 2015

Gold in the Ancient Americas
October 5, 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 in Charge of of Medieval Art and Manuscripts
  • Gregory Bailey, Assistant Conservator
  • Pamela Betts, Associate Painting Conservator
  • Diane Bockrath, Librarian/Archivist
  • Jo Briggs, Assistant Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art
  • Meg Craft, Terry Drayman-Weisser Head of Objects Conservation
  • Karen French, Senior Painting Conservator
  • Glenn Alan Gates, PhD, Conservation Scientist
  • Eric Gordon, Head of Painting Conservation
  • Lynley Anne Herbert, Robert and Nancy Hall Assistant Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
  • Danielle Horetsky, Curatorial Assistant
  • Amy Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic Art and South Asian Art
  • Julie Lauffenburger, Interim Director of Conservation and Technical Research and William B. Ziff, Jr. Conservator of Objects
  • Robert Mintz, Chief Curator and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art
  • Elisabetta Polidori, Associate Paper Conservator
  • Abigail Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation
  • Joaneath Spicer, James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art