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Staff List

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. At The Met, she curated Simple Gifts: Shaker at the Met (2016–17) and co-curated Chippendale's Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker (May 2018 through January 2019).
Lizzie Fitzgerald Lizzie Fitzgerald, Manager of Support 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 Art History and Italian from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, and an MA in the History of Western Art from Columbia University. Prior to joining the American Wing, Lizzie worked in Administration for the Office of the Director at The Met and as a marketing assistant at Perkins Eastman Architects in New York.
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. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned her MA at the Winterthur Program in early American culture. In 2009, she oversaw the curatorial team that reinstalled the American Wing's Charles Engelhard Court, and in 2016 curated the installation of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room and organized the complementary exhibition, as well as co-authored the accompanying Met Bulletin on the Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age. She is currently working on a book on the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Art Pottery.
Moira Gallagher Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant, joined the American Wing in 2014 and conducts research related to the decorative arts collection and special exhibitions, with a focus on American furniture and late 19th-century decorative arts. Her most recent projects include the exhibition Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age (2015) and the installation of Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room. A graduate of James Madison University, she received her MA in the history of decorative arts from George Mason University/The Smithsonian Associates. Presently, she is contributing to upcoming exhibitions on jewelry and American silver.
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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 Curator, focuses on late 19th-century American paintings and drawings. She was 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 received a PhD and a certificate in curatorial studies from 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). Most recently, she curated Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque (2017). She is the author of The Making of Hispano-Flemish Style: Art, Commerce, and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Castile (2014).
Betsy 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 Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, and, in 2018, Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings. 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 with a specialty in American paintings, and an MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Programs in American folk culture.

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Catherine Mackay Catherine Mackay, Administrator, joined the American Wing as an intern in 2008 and became Administrator in 2016. Catherine supervises the department's administrative staff and is responsible for all departmental fiscal activities, including the operational budget, donor funds, exhibition budgets, and personnel issues. She received her BA in history with a minor in art history from Fordham University in 2008 and her MA in visual arts administration from New York University in 2014.
Leela Outcalt Leela Outcalt, Senior 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.
Lily Paulson Lillian Paulson, Administrative Assistant II, joined the department in 2015. She is responsible for coordinating accessions, deaccessions, departmental loans, 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.
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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Lauren Ritz Lauren Ritz, Assistant for Administration, joined the American Wing in 2011 and is responsible for all administrative duties regarding gallery installations and rotations, labels, and special exhibitions. Previously, she worked in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. She received her BA in American studies from Yale University and her MA in visual arts administration from New York University.
Adrienne Spinozzi Adrienne Spinozzi, Assistant Research Curator, 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 the publication on the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Art Pottery, and a forthcoming exhibition on 19th-century stoneware from Edgefield District, South Carolina. 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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Shannon Vittoria Shannon Vittoria, Research Associate, joined the American Wing staff in October 2015. She specializes in American painting and works on paper, with a focus on landscape art and women artists. She contributed to the research and organization of Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings (2018). As an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the department (2013–14), she assisted with the research for Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered (2014–15). She received her PhD in art history from the City University of New York's Graduate Center, where she completed her doctoral dissertation, Nature and Nostalgia in the Art of Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899). In the past, she held curatorial research positions at the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the New-York Historical Society.
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 consulting curator for a Museum-wide jewelry exhibition that will open in November 2018.

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 of the American Wing, is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the historic department of fine and decorative arts from the colonial period to the early 20th century. Before moving to The Met, she held various 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 catalogues on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics, with a particular focus on women and artists of color in regional and national contexts. She received a PhD and a MA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Italian from New York University. She has lectured and published widely on late 19th- and 20th-century American art and culture, as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and current museum practice.