Faculty and Staff
PROGRAM FACULTY AND STAFF
Teaching faculty and staff at the University of Delaware are organized by Departments or Programs. Faculty and staff at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library who teach classes to the WPAMC Fellows are located primarily in the Academic Affairs Division and the Museum Collections Division. Fellows also benefit from contact with faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Delaware / Winterthur Program in Art Conservation.
Stephanie Delamaire, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Fine Arts
Winterthur, DE 19735
Marie-Stephanie Delamaire is the Associate Curator of Fine Arts at Winterthur and an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. Dr. Delamaire earned her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University where she also worked as a lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She is a specialist of nineteenth-century American painting, print technology and the art market. She has published essays on Antebellum American genre painting in relation to the transatlantic expansion of the publishing industry, and on nineteenth-century American cartoons. Her research has received many awards such as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Library of Congress. Her current fields of interests include American portraits, the materiality of nineteenth-century print and visual cultures, and transnational exchanges.
Linda S. Eaton
Director of Museum Collections, Senior Curator of Textiles, Winterthur Museum
Winterthur, DE 19735
Linda Eaton is Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur. She teaches the Textiles Connoisseurship Block and advises many theses that are related to textiles and clothing.
Linda’s background is in conservation, having trained at the Textile Conservation Centre (at that time based at Hampton Court Palace) with the Courtauld Institute of Art on the post-graduate program. Before coming to Winterthur she worked for the National Museums of Scotland. She came to Winterthur as a textile conservator, shifting gears to the curatorial side in 2000. At Winterthur she has curated a number of exhibitions including Deceit, Deception & Discovery, This Work in Hand: Philadelphia Needlework from the 18th Century, Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework, and Quilts in a Material World, and published a book by the same title in 2007. Working with Alison Buchbinder and Samantha Dorsey, she co-curated Who’s Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework; with Marla R. Miller and Katie Knowles she has co-curated Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend.
Her current projects include a revised edition (in color) of Florence Montgomery’s seminal book Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850. Her other research interests include early 20th century interior design, and the interconnections between traditional and modernist art and design.
J. Ritchie Garrison, Ph.D.
Director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
Professor of History
University of Delaware
77 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Ritchie Garrison teaches graduate courses for the Winterthur Program and the Department of History, including Material Life in America, Readings in American Material Culture, American Vernacular Landscapes, and Craftsmanship in Early America. He began his career as Director of Education at Historic Deerfield, Inc., in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and came to the University of Delaware in 1985 as the Assistant Director of the Museum Studies Program. In 2006, he became Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.
His fields of interests are the vernacular buildings and landscapes, pre-industrial craft, material culture historiography and theory, the history of agriculture, and the Civil War. He is the author of Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New England, 1799-1859 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006), winner of the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s 2007 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for the best book in North American Vernacular Architecture, and the 2007 Historic New England, Inc. Book Prize. His first book, Landscape and Material Life in Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1770-1860, (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991) was reprinted with a New Introduction in 2003. Garrison was co-editor with Ann Smart Martin of, American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field (Winterthur: The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc. Distrib. By the University of Tennessee Press, 1997). Presently, he is editing a volume tentatively titled A Most Affecting Sight: The Diaries of John Ritchie and George Thompson Garrison of the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Black Regiments, 1863-65.
Winterthur, DE 19735
Dr. Guiler received his Ph.D. in American History from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Scranton. His research interests focus on utopian and intentional communities in 19th and 20th century America and resulted in his dissertation on communal groups in the Arts and Crafts Movement: Roycroft, Byrdcliffe, and Rose Valley. A native of Upstate New York, Dr. Guiler researches and teaches 19th and 20th century American cultural and social history and has particular interests in the history of Upstate, New York, material culture, business, international relations, social protest, decorative arts, and the digital and public humanities. He has published in Pennsylvania History and Communal Societies and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Communal Studies Association, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Popular Culture / American Culture Association, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. He also founded and continues to manage UpstateHistorical (www.upstatehistorical.org), an interactive website that brings the rich history of Upstate New York to life by pinning key historic sites with text, photographs, audio, and video content to tell the story of a particular place, the people that lived there, and events at that location.
NEH Librarian, Printed Book and Periodical Collection
Winterthur, DE 19735
Emily Guthrie joined the Winterthur Library staff in early 2005 as the assistant librarian for reader & reference services. She earned a degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design, after which she spent seven years in North Carolina, doing everything from working as a grape harvester on the Biltmore Estate to apprenticing with a paintings conservator in Asheville. In library school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked in the Southern Historical Collection and Sloane Art Library, and focused on art librarianship and archives management. Emily is presently the NEH Associate Librarian in charge of Winterthur’s Printed Book and Periodical Collection. She very much enjoys teaching the students about design sources and book connoisseurship using examples from the library’s rare book and trade catalog collections.
Leslie B. Grigsby
Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass
Winterthur, DE 19735
Leslie B. Grigsby, Winterthur’s Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, joined the museum staff in 1999 and is responsible for the Museum’s 22,000+ glass and ceramic objects. She received her Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her Post-graduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Manchester in England. Leslie spent the 1980s as Assistant Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. The following decade was spent writing extensively on 17th– and 18th-century English earthenware and stoneware. Her major American and English publications include The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware as well as English Pottery 1650-1800: The Henry H. Weldon Collection (vol. 1) and English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg. Leslie’s catalogue of the English ceramics at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, as well as the fully illustrated text of the Longridge collection book, is available as part of an online database at the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Recently, Leslie has been instrumental in making the entire Winterthur Museum Collection available online on the Winterthur website.
Since joining Winterthur, Leslie has worked intensively on displays in the 175 house rooms and the Ceramics & Glass Galleries and Study Area. Offsite, she curated and redesigned the English earthenware galleries at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. At Winterthur, she has curated exhibitions on English slipware and delftware as well as on objects and traditions relating to alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee. In 2012, she curated the major exhibition, Uncorked: Wine, Objects & Tradition, for the Winterthur Galleries and made the show fully available permanently as an online virtual exhibition, again titled Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition. Also permanently available online is a reproduction of her Galleries display titled Selections from a Promised Gift: The Daniel and Serga Nadler Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain. Currently, Leslie is working on creating several online exhibitions, including one on mocha and dipped wares from England.
Leslie lectures widely, throughout the United States and Canada as well as in the UK, China and Australia.
Gregory J. Landrey
Division Director of Library, Collections Management and Academic Programs
Winterthur, DE 19735
Gregory Landrey’s practical experience began in 1972 when at age 16 he started working part time as a cabinet shop assistant for the Corner Cupboard Antiques in Strafford, PA under the tutorage of David Sloan. He continued restoring furniture at the Corner Cupboard for seven years, serving as the cabinet shop manager for the last two. In addition to the bench training, Landrey went to Gettysburg College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history. He joined Winterthur in 1979 as assistant furniture conservator. He served as the head of the Winterthur furniture conservation laboratory from 1986-1995. He was head of the Conservation Department from 1995-2006. He is now the Director of Academic Affairs. He has focused his research on the preservation of historic surface coatings, techniques of traditional cabinetmaking, conservation management and period rooms at Winterthur. In addition he has researched and published on historic automobiles with an emphasis on Cadillac and Rolls-Royce motor cars. He has written and lectured extensively on furniture conservation and historic furniture. He is currently involved in conservation management projects including administering Winterthur’s collection emergency plan and developing team structures for department tasks. His most recent publications include “Treatment Protocol for a 1929 Phantom I Wood Body Rolls-Royce Automobile” and “Two Gaming tables, A Comparison”. He was a primary contributor to Conservation of Furniture a Butterworth-Heinemann book.
Joshua W. Lane
Curator of Furniture
Winterthur, DE 19735
Josh Lane joined the curatorial staff at Winterthur Museum in 2014 as Curator of Furniture. Previously, he served as Curator of Furniture, and simultaneously, from 2005 to 2012, as Curator of Academic Programs, at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield Massachusetts. At Deerfield, he curated two permanent furniture exhibitions: Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture and Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts (as part of Deerfield’s involvement in the “Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture” collaboration spearheaded by Winterthur staff). At Winterthur, he has curated Cultivating Style in a Multi-Ethnic World: New York Furniture, 1650-1850, and, in conjunction with staff in Winterthur’s Conservation department, Brittle Beauty: Understanding and Conserving Chinese Export Lacquer. After graduating from Amherst College, he earned a Masters degree in American Studies from Yale University; he has taught undergraduate courses in American Studies and material culture at Yale University, Miami University of Ohio and on both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ann K. Wagner
Curator of Decorative Arts
Department of Collections
Winterthur, DE 19735
Ann K. Wagner, Curator of Decorative Arts, is responsible for approximately 20,000 silver and jewelry, metalwork, and related composite material objects such as lighting, firearms, clocks and organic objects at Winterthur Museum in Delaware. She joined the curatorial staff in 2004 immediately following her master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Ms. Wagner previously was the curatorial assistant for the department of European and American decorative arts at the Seattle Art Museum. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Washington in Seattle after graduating summa cum laude from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.
At Winterthur, Ms. Wagner enjoys introducing graduate students and the public to decorative arts and material culture through exhibitions, workshops, and classes. She has lectured to audiences from Los Angeles to Williamsburg and has contributed articles about American silver for publications including The Magazine Antiques, Antiques & Fine Art, and Silver Magazine. With her Winterthur colleague Donald Fennimore, she co-authored the book Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner, 1808-1842, and co-curated an exhibition of the same title in 2007. This first significant investigation of Fletcher & Gardiner’s silver culminated in an exhibition of more than 200 examples of the influential firm’s work in gold and silver. Her recent projects include curating the exhibition Pierced, Punched, Painted: Decorated Tinware from Winterthur for the Brandywine River Museum and The Flowering of American Tinware for Winterthur as well as researching upcoming exhibitions. Ms. Wagner is an alumna of the Attingham Summer School, and member of the London Silver Society, the New York Silver Society, the American Ceramics Circle, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and The Royal Oak Foundation.
Academic Affairs Coordinator, Academic Programs Department
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Chase Markee joined the Winterthur staff in 2014, working part-time in both academic programs and visitor services before accepting a full-time position with academic programs in 2016. As academic affairs coordinator, Chase assists the director of academic affairs and serves as the division liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee. She supports academic programs’ operations, including those of the Research Fellowship Program and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and is a staff reader for Winterthur Portfolio.
Chase earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Delaware. Prior to arriving at Winterthur, she served as a project processor for the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, Chase gained valuable internship experience at Chester County Historical Society; the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum; the National Museum of American Jewish History; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and Hagley Museum and Library; and was a participant in the Chipstone Foundation’s Object Lab Program.
Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
University of Delaware
Laura Olds Schmidt is the Administrative Assistant for the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at University of Delaware. She holds a B.A. in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, Laura received her M.A. from the University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration, with a concentration in Historic Preservation. At UD, she participated in the Delaware Public Humanities Institute (DELPHI) and completed the graduate certificate in Museum Studies.
Laura has extensive experience in graphic design, communications, and education. Before earning her M.A. degree, she worked as a creative director for diverse clients ranging from local cultural organizations to global medical technology firms. She then worked in programs and education for the Delaware Nature Society, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, and the Chester County Historical Society. Most recently, Laura supported land conservation and stewardship through her work in program administration and communications at the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA.