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Staff List

Michael Baran Michael Baran, Administrative Assistant, joined the department in 1998 after graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in art history. He assisted in the redesign and reinstallation of the Greek, Cypriot, Etruscan, and Roman galleries. He has also assisted with several publications and object acquisitions, and plays an integral role in the department's daily operations. He can be reached by email.
Fred Caruso Fred Caruso, Collections Manager, started as senior installer in the Department of Objects Conservation in 1995, where he worked on many exhibitions and installations of the permanent collection, most notably the reinstallation of the Greek and Cypriot galleries. He became a collections specialist in the Department of Arms and Armor in 2001 and joined the Department of Greek and Roman Art in 2002, where he worked on the planning and installation of the Roman courtyard, galleries, and study center. Fred became collections manager in the department in April 2015.
Katherine Daniels, Departmental Technician, joined the Department of Greek and Roman Art in fall 2015. She has returned to The Met after having worked in the Department of Asian Art and the Department of Islamic Artfrom 1992 to 2000. Katherine is an artist whose work can be seen on her personal website.
Seán Hemingway, Curator, has a particular specialty in Greek and Roman bronzes. A seasoned archaeologist, Seán has excavated prehistoric, classical, and Roman sites in Greece and Spain. He received his doctorate from Bryn Mawr College, studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a Fulbright Scholar, and has been a visiting curator at the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period, a book on Hellenistic bronze sculpture, and the novel The Tomb of Alexander.
 

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Kiki Karoglou, Assistant Curator, joined the department in 2011. She previously taught at the University of Toronto and The College of New Jersey, and held graduate internships at the Getty Research Institute, the Princeton Art Museum, and the Athens Acropolis Museum. Kiki received her PhD in classical art and archaeology from Princeton University and also holds a certificate in nonprofit management. She has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and she is currently involved in the planning of the upcoming exhibition Pergamon: Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World, scheduled to open in spring 2016.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Karoglou, Kiki. Attic Pinakes: Votive Images in Clay. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010.
  • ———. "Mystery Cults in the Greek and Roman World." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
  • ———. Online review of Scolpire il Marmo: Importazioni, Artisi Itineranti, Scuole Artistiche nel Mediterraneo Antico—Atti del Convegno di Studio Tenuto a Pisa Scuola Normale Superior, 9–11 Novembre 2009, edited by Gianfranco Adornato. In American Journal of Archaeology 117.1 (January 2013).
Debbie T. Kuo, Senior Administrator, joined the department in 2002, where her primary role is the fiscal management of the department's operating, donor fund, and exhibition budgets. She organizes special events and lectures, and oversees the department's curatorial friend's group, Philodoroi. Debbie received her BA in art history and business administration from Marywood University. She is also a jewelry designer who finds inspiration throughout the Museum.
 

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Christopher Lightfoot Christopher S. Lightfoot, Curator, joined the Museum in 1999. A specialist in ancient glass and Roman art, he contributed to the reinstallation of the permanent Greek and Roman galleries, which opened in April 2007. He also curated the exhibitions The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel (2010) and Ennion: Master of Roman Glass (2014). Christopher earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in literae humaniores at the University of Oxford. He was formerly a research assistant in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum (1982–1986), and the Director of the Amorium Excavations Project in Turkey (1993–2014). He can be reached by email.
Joan R. Mertens, Curator, joined the staff of the department in 1972. She became curator in 1981, and served as an administrator from 1983 to 1990. For the comprehensive gallery reinstallation (1990s–2007) and subsequently, her work has focused on the collection of Greek vases and Cypriot art.
 

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Carlos A. Picón, Curator in Charge, joined the department in 1990. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carlos received a BA in classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College, and an MA and PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Oxford. Carlos is a widely published authority on ancient and classical art, and he was elected trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass in 1995.
 

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Melissa Sheinheit, Assistant Administrator, coordinates the department's loans, gifts, and purchases, including objects loaned out from the collection for exhibitions, and assists with front-office administration. She began working at the Museum as a research assistant for the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts' exhibition, Hungarian Treasure: Silver from the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. Prior to that, Melissa worked at Sotheby's in New York for over six years. Melissa received her BA in classical civilization with minors in Latin and art history from Boston University, and spent a semester studying at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
Jennifer Soupios, Associate Manager for Collections, has been working in the department since 1996. She assisted in the permanent reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries as the principal technician, coordinating objects conservation, photography, and installation. She now oversees the collections database, cataloguing and documenting the works in the department's collection, and assists in developing its collections plan.
Sarah J. Szeliga, Assistant Visual Resource Manager, has been supervising The Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art since 2013. She maintains library and archival resources, and provides reference support to staff and visitors. A graduate of Montclair State University, she holds an MA from Seton Hall University and an MLIS from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Museum, she served in a reference capacity at several academic and public libraries in New Jersey. She also performed cataloguing and processing duties for Bard Graduate Center Library and, on behalf of The Donohue Group, Inc., for the Frick Art Reference Library and for various departmental libraries at the Museum.