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Staff List

Maryan Ainsworth, Curator of Northern Renaissance Painting, received her BA and MA in art history from Oberlin College and her PhD from Yale University. A Museum staff member since 1977, she has specialized in the technical examination of paintings, initially in the Department of Paintings Conservation and subsequently as curator in European Paintings. Her publications and exhibitions include monographic studies on Bouts, Christus, David, Gossart, and Coecke van Alest, as well as The Met's early German paintings. Maryan is an adjunct professor at Barnard College, and she has been awarded the titles of Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (2001) and Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold (2011), bestowed by King Albert II of Belgium.

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Katharine Baetjer, Curator, is in charge of British paintings from the 18th century and earlier, 18th-century French paintings, pastels of the same period, and portrait miniatures.

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Andrea Bayer, Jayne Wrightsman Curator, received her PhD from Princeton University in 1990, and has been on the staff of The Met since that time, mostly in the Department of European Paintings. She has worked on a wide range of exhibitions including Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, the inaugural exhibition at The Met Breuer. She has been a curator in the department since 2007, and, in 2014, became the Jayne Wrightsman Curator. Outside the department she has also coordinated the Curatorial Studies program at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and is the co-chairman of the Director's Exhibition Committee.

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Jane R. Becker, Collections Management Associate, studied art history at Williams College and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where she completed a PhD with a dissertation on the interaction of painting and sculpture in the work of Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, and Eugène Carrière. She joined the department in early 2015 after many years as a lecturer for The Met, and conducts research on the 19th-century European Paintings collection. In addition to contributing to the Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible exhibition catalogue, she has published a number of essays in catalogues and journals on painting, sculpture, and photography of the period.

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  • Becker, Jane. "Auguste Rodin and Photography: Extending the Sculptural Idiom" and "Medardo Rosso: Photographing Sculpture and Sculpting Photography." In The Artist and the Camera: Degas to Picasso, by Dorothy Kosinski. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1999.
  • _____. "Elegance and Opulence: Art of the Gilded Age." In Elegance and Opulence: Art of the Gilded Age. Greenwich, CT: Bruce Museum, 1999.
  • Weisberg, Gabriel P., and Jane R. Becker, eds. Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Académie Julian. New York and New Brunswick, NJ: Dahesh Museum and Rutgers University Press, 1999.

Rebecca Ben-Atar, Senior Administrator, joined the department in 2011. Her responsibilities include working closely with curators, collection managers, conservators, technicians, and administrative staff within the department and across the Museum on matters relating to the display of the European Paintings collection. She began working at The Met in 2007 as an assistant administrator in the Department of Asian Art. Rebecca studied art history as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland and as a graduate student at Hunter College.

Lisa Cain, Administrator, joined the staff of The Met in 2000—first in the Office of the Registrar working on special exhibitions, then, beginning in 2005, in the Department of European Paintings. Prior to the Museum, she worked as a registrar both at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Jewish Museum in New York. Lisa received a BA in French literature from the University of Colorado and a certificate in French from the Lumière University Lyon 2.

Andrew Caputo, Associate for Administration, received his BFA in art education from Pratt Institute. He first came to The Met in 1978 to work for the exhibition The Treasures of Tutankhamun, and returned to the Museum as full-time staff in 1980, working in what was then called the Admissions Department, now known as Visitor Services. After spending 15 years as the assistant to the manager of Visitor Services, he left The Met for two years, and, in 1998, became the assistant to Everett Fahy, then-chairman of the Department of European Paintings. He is currently the assistant to Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings.

Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, began work at The Met in 1977, and during that time he has organized numerous exhibitions ranging in subject from painting in 15th-century Siena, Andrea Mantegna, and the Renaissance portrait, to Giambattista Tiepolo, El Greco, Caravaggio, Ribera, and Nicolas Poussin. He has written widely on Italian painting and is the recipient of several awards. Keith has also taught at Columbia University and New York University's Institute of Fine Art. Raised in Seattle, Washington, and Concord, California, he attended the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, and received his PhD from Harvard University.

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Adam Eaker, Assistant Curator, studied art history at Yale University and Columbia University, where he received his PhD in 2016. A specialist in Northern European and British painting of the 16th through the 18th century, he was previously a visiting scholar at the Rubenianum Research Institute for Flemish Art in Antwerp. Before joining the staff of The Met, he served as an Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow and subsequently guest curator at the Frick Collection, where he co-curated the exhibition Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (2016).

Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, studied art history at Brown University and at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where she received her PhD for her dissertation on 19th-century Belgian Realism and Symbolism. She began her career at The Met as a research assistant in 2004, while enrolled in graduate school. Since that time she has worked in various capacities on exhibitions ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to Vincent van Gogh.

Theresa King Dickinson, Principal Art Preparator, studied art history and editorial illustration at Pratt Institute. Before coming to The Met, Theresa was a published illustrator in numerous periodicals, including Scholastic, Mother Jones, and the Nation. Theresa has served as chairperson of the Staff Diversity Committee, is a member of the Collections Care Group and the Art in Transit Committee, and also was a mentor to a summer intern in accordance to the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Advisory Committee. In her 30 years at The Met, Theresa has installed numerous exhibitions and the renovated European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800. She volunteers at two New Jersey schools and has been instrumental in the NJ SEEDS program visiting the Museum.

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Gary Kopp, Supervising Technician, has worked at The Met since 1983, and joined the department in 1986. He holds a BFA in drawing and painting from Pratt Institute.

Patrice Mattia, Assistant Administrator

John McKanna, Principal Art Handler, has been hanging pictures in the European Paintings galleries since 1997. He holds a BA from Bennington College and a MMus from Yale University. In addition to his work at the Museum, John is also a painter and musician; his work can be viewed at his personal website.

Jennifer Meagher, Collections Management Specialist

Asher Miller, Assistant Curator, received a BA in history and art history from Bowdoin College and a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Since coming to The Met as a research assistant, in 2001, he has contributed to numerous publications, exhibitions, and gallery installations. A specialist in 19th-century European art, recent areas of interest range from Ingres and Delacroix to Courbet, plein air painting, northern artists working in Italy, and Orientalism.

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Rachel Robinson, Senior Department Technician

Susan Stein, Engelhard Curator of 19th-Century European Painting, joined the department in 1981 after a yearlong Mellon Fellowship at the Guggenheim. At The Met, she has curated/co-curated 19 exhibitions, from Cézanne Watercolors (1988) to Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2013), and contributed to more than 50 Museum publications devoted to artists ranging from Goya to Picasso. Her long-standing work on Van Gogh extends from Van Gogh: A Retrospective (1986), which remains a standard reference source, to recent exhibition projects that include Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings (2005), which received awards from the AICA and AAMC, and Van Gogh: Irises and Roses (2015).

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Gretchen Wold, Senior Collections Manager

Stephan Wolohojian, Curator