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Staff List

Amy Bogansky Amy Bogansky, Research Associate, joined the Museum in 2011 to help develop and organize the 2013 exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800, bringing her curatorial experience and knowledge of early modern trade goods to the complex, multi-departmental project. In her current role, she manages the process of publishing content from The American Wing to The Met's online collection, in order to create a richer experience for visitors to the Museum's website. She is also a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center, conducting research on the material culture of the slave trade in the Atlantic World.
Elaine Bradson Elaine Bradson, Administrator, has been with the Museum in various positions since 2000. She currently supervises all aspects of the clerical support staff and handles departmental fiscal activities, including the operational budget, donor funds, personnel issues, and gallery maintenance.
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, has published widely and curated exhibitions on American ceramics and glass, as well as late 19th-century decorative arts, especially the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. In 2009, she oversaw the curatorial team that reinstalled The American Wing's Charles Engelhard Court. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned her MA at the Winterthur Program in early American culture. She is currently working on a book on the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Art Pottery, the installation of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, and a complementary exhibition on George A. Schastey.
Jane Ann Dini
Jane Ann Dini, Associate Curator of American Art, was previously the assistant curator of American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She received her PhD and MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jane trained at Sotheby's in London, and has held the NEA Curatorial Fellowship at the Harvard Art Museums, a predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cal State LA. Her publications include essays on California landscape painting and John Singer Sargent. Jane is currently preparing a book on Sargent, and is organizing a traveling exhibition and catalogue, The Art of American Dance.
Alyce Perry Englund
Alyce Perry Englund, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, joined the department in June 2015, and oversees the 17th- to early 19th-century furniture collections. Previously she worked at the Wadsworth Atheneum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Historic New England (SPNEA). She received her MA from the Winterthur Program in American material culture, a BA in art history from the University of Vermont, and is an alumna of The Attingham Study Programme. She has organized exhibitions on topics such as decorative arts from Connecticut, poetry and art, and the Civil War and has published scholarship on japanned furniture, Connecticut's Federal Era cabinetmakers, and folk art.
Medill Higgins Harvey Medill Higgins Harvey, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, works with 19th- and early 20th-century American silver and metalwork, as well as mid-19th-century furniture. She joined the staff of The American Wing to direct research for the exhibition Art and The Empire City (2000). She is co-author of Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013) and contributed to the 2011 and 2009 reinstallations of the American silver and jewelry collections as well as the exhibition Silversmiths to the Nation (2007). She holds a BA in art history from Dartmouth College and was awarded an MA in decorative art history by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons.
Stephanie Herdrich Stephanie L. Herdrich, Assistant Research Curator, focuses on late 19th-century American paintings and drawings. She is co-curator of The Met's presentation of Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (2015). In addition to contributing to the exhibitions and publications Childe Hassam: American Impressionist (2004) and Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered (2014), she has published several essays on the work of John Singer Sargent and is co-author of American Drawings and Watercolors in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: John Singer Sargent (2000). She attended Washington University in St. Louis and is a doctoral candidate at The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
 

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Ronda Kasl Ronda Kasl, Curator of Latin American Art, joined the staff of The American Wing in 2013. Previously, she was senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She received her doctorate from New York University and is a specialist in the art of Spain and Spanish America. During her 20-year career she has curated numerous exhibitions, including Giovanni Bellini and the Art of Devotion (2004) and Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World (2009). She is the author of The Making of Hispano-Flemish Style: Art, Commerce, and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Castile (2014).
  Sally Ketchum, Associate Manager of Friends Groups, manages, administers, and stewards the department's support groups—the William Cullen Bryant Fellows and the Friends of The American Wing. She received a BA in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and studied at Trinity's Rome Campus. Prior to joining The American Wing, she worked in development offices at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the New York Public Library.
Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, oversees the American paintings collection and participated in its 2012 reinstallation. She co-curated Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered (2014) as well as The Met's 2015 presentations of Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and George Caleb Bingham and the River. She served as deputy director, chief curator, and Krieble Curator of American paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, where she organized and authored catalogues for major exhibitions ranging from Ralph Earl to the Hudson River School to Marsden Hartley. She received a PhD from Boston University in American studies and an MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Programs in American folk culture.
 

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Catherine Mackay Catherine Mackay, Associate for Administration, has been with The American Wing for six years. Catherine manages the department's exhibitions, outgoing loans, and departmental library, and assists with various other administrative tasks. She received her BA in history in 2008 from Fordham University and her MA in visual arts administration from New York University in 2014.
Leela Outcalt Leela Outcalt, Collections Manager, is responsible for the ongoing daily care of The American Wing's permanent collection. In this capacity, she facilitates activities in the galleries and storerooms, documenting best practices and managing the department's technicians and collections management assistant. She also oversees the maintenance of permanent-collection files. As an organizer of the Collections Care Group, she works to create a forum for individuals to share their knowledge across departments.
Amelia Peck Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts and Manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, graduated from Brown University and received an MS in historic preservation from Columbia University. Her areas of expertise include American textiles and period rooms. In her more than 30 years at the Museum, she has curated numerous exhibitions and installations and has been the author or general editor of many publications, including Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 (2013).
 

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Lillian Paulson
Lillian Paulson, Administrative Assistant II, joined the department in 2015. She is responsible for coordinating accessions, deaccessions, curatorial travel, and other administrative duties. Previously, she held internships at The Forbes Collection in New York and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BA in art history and architectural studies from Trinity College and her MA in art history and museum studies from Tufts University in 2015.
Lauren Ritz Lauren Ritz, Administrative Assistant II, joined The American Wing in 2011 and is responsible for all administrative duties regarding gallery installations and labels, incoming departmental loans, and curatorial travel. Previously, she worked in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. A graduate of Yale, she is currently pursuing an MA in visual arts administration at New York University.
Adrienne Spinozzi Adrienne Spinozzi, Research Associate, works closely with the collections of American ceramics and glass, as well as the late 19th- and early 20th-century decorative arts. She was part of the curatorial team for the reinstallation of The American Wing, with a particular focus on the ceramics and glass collections in The Charles Engelhard Court. Her current projects include research for the publication on the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Art Pottery, currently installed on the mezzanine balcony in the courtyard. She is a graduate of Hartwick College and the Bard Graduate Center in decorative arts, design history, and material culture.
Thayer Tolles Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, joined The American Wing staff in 1992. A sculpture specialist, she served as editor and co-author of a two-volume catalogue of the Museum's historic American sculpture collection (1999, 2001), participated in the department's renovation and reinstallation between 2001 and 2012, and organized numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009) and The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 (2013–15). A graduate of Williams College, she received her MA from the University of Delaware and her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
 

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Beth Carver Wees Beth Carver Wees, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts, oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry, and other metalwork. Prior to joining the Museum's staff in 2000, she was curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is the author of two major collection catalogues—English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (1997) and Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). She holds degrees in art history from Smith College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Currently, she is organizing curator for a Museum-wide jewelry exhibition.
  Laura Wile, Collections Management Assistant, has been with The American Wing since 2014, working primarily in the permanent-collection galleries and period rooms. She provides preventative conservation for the decorative art objects on display as well as regular gallery up-keep.
Sylvia Yount Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, joined The American Wing in September 2014, after holding curatorial leadership positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations, she has organized major exhibitions with accompanying publications on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other late 19th- and 20th-century topics. She received her PhD and MA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Italian from New York University.