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Jessica Walthew view


  • Researches and treats works in Product Design and Decorative Arts and Digital collections, ranging from ancient to contemporary and across all media, preparing objects for loans and exhibitions and managing conservation imaging research across department areas

  • Applies for and manages external grants for research and treatment of collections; supervises contractors, interns, and fellows

  • Routinely lectures and publishes on issues of conservation of objects and digital media, with particular interests in plastics and sustainability

  • Collaborates in research with Museum Conservation Institute and outside partners

  • Co-curator, with Cynthia Trope and Kira Eng-Wilmot,  "Nature By Design: Plastics" (June 8, 2019 - May 31, 2020).


Background And Education

Education And Training

  • M.A. in Art History and Archaeology, NYU , The Conservation Center, Certificate in Conservation


Selected Publications


  • Exhibit

    • Trope, Cynthia, Walthew, Jessica, and Eng-Wilmot, Kira (Curators). 2019. "Nature by Design: Plastics." New York, New York: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2019-06-08 to 2020-05-31..
  • Presentation

    • Jenks, Joesphine, Lipps, Andrea, and Walthew, Jessica. 2022. Beyond the Archive: Preservation and Access for Web-based Interactive Data Journalism [presentation]. American Institute for Conservation Annual Conference, May 15, 2022.
    • Walthew, Jessica. 2019. Collecting Contemporary Design: Planning for the future right now [presentation]. American Institute of Conservation 47th Annual Meeting, May 16, 2019. Uncasville, Connecticut.
    • Lipps, Andrea and Walthew, Jessica. 2022. Collecting Digital Design Histories [presentation]. Graphic Design Histories graduate course, April 6, 2022. Virtual: Parsons School of Design.
    • Walthew, Jessica. 2018. Conservation in the digital age [presentation]. Memorizing the future: Collecting in the 21st Century, October 5, 2018. Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Walthew, Jessica. 2019. Conserving active matter in contemporary design [presentation]. ICOM-CC Living Matter, June 4, 2019. Mexico City, Mexico.
    • Lipps, Andrea and Walthew, Jessica. 2021. Geographic Decentralization: Mapping Evolutions of a Digital Artwork [presentation]. College Art Association 108th Annual Conference, February 11, 2021.
    • Walthew, Jessica. 2019. Rethinking Plasticity [presentation]. Conserving Active Matter: Materials Science, March 28, 2019. New York.