Jessica Walthew is an objects conservator at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She has worked in conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Penn Museum. Her research interests include theory and practice in archaeological and ethnographic conservation, best practices in documentation, and technical research in art history and archaeology. At Bard Graduate Center she was a 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Cultures of Conservation Fellow and worked on a joint project with the American Museum of Natural History, focusing on their Northwest Coast collection. She co-taught Damage, Decay, and Conservation with Ivan Gaskell in Fall 2016. In Fall 2017 she will co-teach “In Focus: Native Arts of the Northwest Coast—Ethnography, Museums, and Conservation” with Aaron Glass.

Recent publications

“Collaboratively Thinking Forward: 3D Data in Conservation and Archaeology.” Jessica Walthew, Eve Mayberger, Alison Hight, David Scahill, and Anna Serotta. Proceedings from the Penn Museum Love Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. (Ch. in forthcoming edited volume, published by Archetype Press)

“Reduced, Re-used and Recycled: The Treatment and Re-display of a Repurposed Seventeenth-century Coromandel Lacquer Screen in the Acton Collection, Villa La Pietra, Florence.” Pamela Hatchfield, Kristen Watson Adsit, Rita Berg, Raina Chao, Diana Johnson Galante, Rebecca Gridley, Erin Kitagawa, Jessica Pace, Megan Randall, Amy Tjiong, Manuela Toro, and Jessica Walthew. Studies in Conservation, 61(S3), 117–123. (corrigendum: