Meet the Staff
Associate for Administration
Marissa Acey (she/they) assists with scheduling visitor appointments in the Study Room for Drawings and Prints, manages the Friends of Drawings and Prints as well as the Visiting Committee, and performs general administrative duties for the department. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Art History, Marissa studied for a year in Florence, Italy with Marist College’s MA in Museum Studies program where she focused on women artists of the Italian Baroque and theatrical exhibition design. Before starting as a temp at the Museum in February 2022 and officially joining the staff later that year, she spent 4 years managing an independent bookstore in Manhattan and is always happy to recommend a good book.
Carmen C. Bambach
Marica F. and Jan T. Vilcek Curator
Carmen C. Bambach (BA, MA, and PhD, Yale University; fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences) is Marica F. and Jan T. Vilcek Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. She is a specialist in Italian art and has authored eighty scholarly articles and ten exhibition catalogues, including the award-winning Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (2017), The Drawings of Bronzino (2010), An Italian Journey (2010), Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman (2003), Correggio and Parmigianino (2000), and The Drawings of Filippino Lippi and His Circle (1997). Other books include her award-winning Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered (4 vols., Yale University Press, 2019); Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300–1600 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Una eredità difficile: i disegni ed i manoscritti di Leonardo tra mito e documento (Florence, 2009).
- Academia.edu: Publications by Carmen Bambach
- MetPublications: Selected publications by Carmen Bambach
Collections Manager, Collections Cataloging
Casey Davignon joined the department in 2022 to oversee the Collections Management team and all cataloging initiatives. She is responsible for the integrity and clarity of collections information in The Museum System, and acts as the project manager for the department’s special exhibitions. Previously she held the title of Collections Specialist for the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Before joining The Met in 2016, Casey worked as an assistant curator at a Washington D.C-based gallery specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art. She received her BA from The George Washington University, where her areas of study were art history and conservation, with a focus on Northern European works on paper.
Ashley E. Dunn
Ashley E. Dunn joined the department in 2016 and is responsible for nineteenth-century French drawings, prints, and illustrated books. Her exhibition projects at The Met include Manet/Degas (2023), Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix (2018), and Rodin at The Met (2017). She holds a BA in French from Emory University, an MSt in the history of art and visual culture from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from Northwestern University (2019).
- MetPublications: Selected publications by Ashley E. Dunn
Jennifer Farrell is responsible for modern and contemporary prints, illustrated books, and artists' books. She joined the department in 2014 after holding curatorial positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the University of Virginia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. At The Met, she has curated World War I and the Visual Arts (2017) and co-curated Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi (2016). Her publications include Get There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (2012), which received The Frick Collection's 2013 Book Prize. She earned a BA from Smith College and a PhD from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
- Farrell, Jennifer. "World War I and the Visual Arts." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 75, no. 2 (Fall 2017).
- Farrell, Jennifer, ed. The History and Legacy of Samuel M. Kootz and the Kootz Gallery. Charlottesville, VA: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, 2017.
- Farrell, Jennifer. Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.
David del Gaizo
Senior Departmental Technician
David del Gaizo has worked in the Department of Drawings and Prints since 1985, where he is responsible for the preparation of the department's objects for exhibition and loan, the installation of special exhibitions, as well as maintaining and upgrading the permanent collection. Since joining the department, he has worked on numerous exhibitions including Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (2017), Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings (2005), Leonardo Da Vinci: Master Draftsman (2003), and Goya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1995). He received a BA in literature from West Virginia University.
Clara Goldman joined the department in 2018. She oversees the development and production of exhibitions in The Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Gallery, manages the department’s outgoing and internal loans programs, and processes new acquisitions. She is also responsible for the operating budget and donor funds, and facilitating appointments in the Study Room for Drawings and Prints. Clara previously held positions at Christie's and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and received her BA in art history and journalism from Ithaca College.
Collections Management Associate
Jasmine Kuylenstierna joined the department in February 2022 to catalogue and research the permanent collection. Prior to this, she worked with administration and collections management for both the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and the Modern and Contemporary Art departments at The Met. Before joining the museum, she digitized plant specimens in the herbarium imaging lab at the New York Botanical Garden. She also worked with cataloguing at a natural history art gallery and auction house. She received her BA in photographic arts from the University of Westminster. Her MA in museum studies and cultural heritage from Uppsala University focused on diversity and minority representation in museum collections, with a thesis on heteronormativity in London art museums.
Ricky Luna is the technician in charge of Old Master drawings, including matting, framing, and installation. He is also responsible for the design and fabrication of specialty display mounts for drawings, books, and ephemera. Ricky studied architecture and industrial design at the Mapúa Institute of Technology, and interior design at the Philippine School of Interior Design. He has an extensive background in the field of architecture and design focused on perspective drawing, rendering, and model making. He has been with the Museum since 2000.
Mark McDonald is responsible for Italian, Spanish, Mexican, and early French prints and illustrated books. He joined the Museum in 2014 after working at the British Museum as curator of Old Master prints and Spanish drawings. His interests embrace Renaissance European graphic art and Latin American printmaking. His The Print Collection of Ferdinand Columbus: 1488–1539 won the Mitchell Prize for Art History, and recent work includes a study of Goya's Disasters of War and a six-volume publication of the print collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Mark has curated exhibitions at the British Museum and the Museo del Prado, among others. He supervises doctoral students, teaches regularly, and holds a BA (Hons), MA, and PhD.
Constance C. McPhee
Constance C. McPhee is responsible for British drawings, and British and American prints and illustrated books before 1900. After joining the department in 2000, she organized the New York venue of Samuel Palmer (1805–1881): Vision and Landscape (2005) and co-curated Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011), The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design (2014), and William Morris: Textiles and Wallpapers (2014). Recently she has explored Shakespeare-related works in the collection, is cataloguing an important body of Thomas Rowlandson material, and is building the Museum's British drawings holdings towards an exhibition. Constance received her BA from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nadine M. Orenstein
Drue Heinz Curator in Charge
Nadine M. Orenstein received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University for her dissertation, Hendrick Hondius and the Business of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Holland (published 1996). She has written and lectured extensively on seventeenth-century Northern European prints and drawings, and her publications include several volumes for the New Hollstein Dutch series. Her exhibitions at The Met include Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (2001), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558–1617): Prints, Drawings, and Paintings (2003), Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011), The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers (2017), and a 2019 exhibition on Renaissance etching. She also co-authored A Centennial Album: Drawings, Prints, and Photographs (2017).
- Academia.edu: Publications by Nadine Orenstein
- MetPublications: Selected publications by Nadine Orenstein
Allison Rudnick is responsible for the visual culture and ephemera collections. Since joining the Department of Drawings and Prints in 2012, she has organized the exhibitions Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s (2023), On the Ropes: Vintage Boxing Cards from the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection (2018), The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball, 1887–1977 (2016), and she contributed to the exhibition World War I and the Visual Arts (2017). She is currently planning an exhibition on American art posters of the 1890s. She holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MPhil from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is a PhD candidate.
Joanna Sheers Seidenstein
Joanna Sheers Seidenstein is responsible for Northern European drawings and prints. Until recently, she was the Stanley H. Durwood Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, in which role she co-organized the 2021 public program Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures and co-curated the 2022 exhibition Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape. Prior to this, she held an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship here in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Met and an Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship at The Frick Collection. She was the curator of the 2017 Frick exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels. She holds a BA from Vassar College and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
Femke Speelberg is responsible for drawings, prints, and illustrated books related to historic ornament, design, and architecture. Femke focuses on the history of design and the transmission of ideas, connecting works on paper with artworks, objects, and architecture from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. She has curated the Met exhibitions Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints (2013), Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620 (2015), and Chippendale's Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker (2018).
- Speelberg, Femke. "A Raffle Ticket to Win a 'Michelangelo'?" Now at The Met, January 16, 2018.
- ———. "Fashion & Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 73, no. 2 (Fall 2015).
- Speelberg, Femke, and Furio Rinaldi. "Vincenzo de' Rossi (1525–1587) as Architect: A Newly Discovered Drawing and Project for the Pantheon in Rome." Metropolitan Museum Journal 50 (2015): 163–177.
Perrin Stein oversees the collection of French drawings, prints, and illustrated books before 1800. She came to The Met in 1995 following three years as assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She holds a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has organized and contributed to numerous exhibition and collection catalogues, including Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections (1999), The Wrightsman Pictures (2005), French Drawings from the British Museum: Clouet to Seurat (2005), Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, 1724–1780 (2007), Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France (2013), and Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant (2016).
Liz Zanis joined the Department of Drawings and Prints in 2003 and holds a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She manages the Study Room for Drawings and Prints and maintains the departmental storeroom. She also manages the department's Instagram account, @metdrawingsandprints, and leverages her knowledge as a printmaker to assist in cataloguing the collection.