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Staff List

Sean Belair, Assistant Conservator, was a graduate intern and a fellow in the department before becoming a staff member in 2016. His primary duty is the care and treatment of the department's collection of firearms, armor, and edged weapons. He also constructs display mounts and mannequins for the permanent galleries and special exhibitions. Sean received his BA in European history from Union College, New York, and his MA in objects conservation from the University of Lincoln, England. Previously, he worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation restoring Louise Nevelson's Night Presence IV.
A man with grey hair and glasses, wearing a dark grey shirt Stephen Bluto, Collections Manager, works with curators, conservators, and the collections team to oversee the daily care and documentation of the Arms and Armor collection. Stephen started at The Met in the Security Department in 1998 before becoming the art technician for the Department of Islamic Art in 1999. He joined the Arms and Armor team as the collections specialist in 2001 and became the collections manager in 2008. Stephen is also an artist; his work can be seen at his personal website.
John Byck, Assistant Curator, holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. His graduate research focused on relationships between early northern engravings and decorative arts design, particularly metalwork. A specialist in ornament, he joined the Department of Arms and Armor in 2015 after serving as research assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints since 2009. His recent projects include the research and publication of select firearms and smallswords in the department's Reserve Collection.
A woman with wavy grey hair tied back, dark-rimmed glasses, and a grey and black dress. Catherine Chesney Carotenuto, Associate for Administration, came to The Met in 1998 and held various positions in the President's Office and the Office for Construction and Facilities before joining the Department of Arms and Armor in 2016. Her primary responsibilities involve the financial and administrative aspects of the department; she also oversees the Friends of Arms and Armor. Catherine is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has an MA from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Edward Hunter, Armorer and Conservator, is responsible for the care and preservation of the department's collection. As supervisor for the Armor Lab, his primary duty is the treatment and conservation of all types of objects, including armor, firearms, and edged weapons, as well as fabricating custom mounts for displays. Edward enjoys working with the education and digital departments on various projects. He received his BA in art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MSc in conservation from the University College London's Institute of Archaeology. Examples of his work include a close-helmet, a Colt Model 1862 police revolver, and the armor of Henry II, King of France.
 

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A young woman with long blond hair, glasses, earrings, a chainmail necklace, and a black dress. Lindsay Rabkin, Collections Management Assistant, joined the department in 2014 after receiving her MA in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Lindsay is especially interested in the preservation of art and the ongoing care of collections.
Donald J. La Rocca, Curator, joined the department in 1988, following six years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has curated the international loan exhibition Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet (2006), as well as several in-house exhibitions, including The Gods of War: Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor (1996), The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500­–1800 (1998), Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department (2012), and Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014 (2014). He is the author of over 35 print essays on arms and armor.
 

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Stuart W. Pyhrr, Distinguished Research Curator, began his career at The Met in 1971 while pursuing his graduate studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. He became assistant curator in 1977, associate curator in 1982, and curator and department head in 1988. From 1988 to 1991, he supervised the redesign of the department's galleries. Stuart has organized numerous special exhibitions and is the author of nearly 100 scholarly articles. Approximately 400 notable examples of the armorer's art were added to The Met collection during his tenure as department head from 1988 to 2013.
A man with a modern hair style, wearing a navy-blue jacket, lavender shirt, and blue and purple tie. George Sferra, Associate Collections Manager, joined the Museum in 2011. George oversees data standards and project management for the department's collections database and online collection; he also assists with collections care. Previously, he worked at the Association of Art Museum Curators and the Art Institute of Chicago. George earned his BA in classical civilization from Loyola University Chicago, and studied art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has curated exhibitions at the Gowanus Ballroom, and is a vocalist and keyboardist in the synth-pop band Banji.
Pierre Terjanian, Arthur Ochs Curator in Charge, joined The Met in 2012. Previously, he held the dual role of J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor and acting head of the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture before 1700 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A native of Strasbourg, France, he obtained a master's degree in law from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, a master's of science in management from HEC Paris, and a doctoral degree in history from Université de Metz's Faculté de Lettres et Sciences Humaines.
 

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