Amanda Kodeck has been named the Ruth R. Marder Director of Education and Public Programs, and Julie Lauffenburger has been named the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation and Technical Research.
Lauffenburger was Assistant Director of Conservation before becoming the Walters' Interim Director of Conservation and Technical Research in July 2015.
"After extensive conversations with national leaders in museum education and conservation as well as with members of our own team, it was clear we had the very best candidates for these positions already on staff.
Both Amanda and Julie
are respected and accomplished leaders in their field.
"In the coming years I look forward to expanding our commitment to preservation and technical study, sharing our work with audiences from Baltimore and across the world, and further engaging our visitors with the collection by exposing the unique craftsmanship and human history of their making," said Lauffenburger
Julie Lauffenburger, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation and Technical Research
will oversee a team of seven full-time conservators, a conservation scientist and numerous fellows and interns in her
Founded in 1939, the Walters' department of conservation and technical research is responsible for the care and conservation of the museum's historic collections and also for furthering the field of conservation science.
Prior to joining the Walters, Lauffenburger worked and trained at the Smithsonian Institution and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
She joined the Walters as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in 1991 and has worked as an objects conservator since 1999.
In 2015, she served as conservator and curator for the Gold of the Ancient Americas exhibition.
Lauffenburger is also associate editor for the Journal of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and has lectured and published numerous scholarly essays and articles in her field.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree in History of Art from Cornell University and a master of arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from State University College at Buffalo.