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Museum Research


The Freer and Sackler Galleries maintain research as an integral part of their mission. Research may focus on the permanent collections or be undertaken in preparation for a special exhibition. In addition to studying the objects themselves, researchers' work takes them into the Freer|Sackler Library and Archives, as well as far afield to examine other collections. Their work is generally interdisciplinary, carried out in close collaboration with conservation scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other specialists. F|S researchers are involved in dozens of ongoing projects, often with colleagues from institutions around the world. The results of their work can be seen in a variety of formats, including exhibition catalogues, scholarly publications, and online resources. See below to find out more about research projects, researchers, and their recent publications, as well as awards and prizes given by the Freer|Sackler in recognition of distinguished scholarship.

Research Projects | Research Staff & Publications | Awards and Prizes

Research Projects

Freer and Sackler researchers are involved in dozens of ongoing research projects, often with colleagues from institutions around the world.

Ara G├╝ler Photographs

Curatorial Staff Biographies & Publications

Stephen Allee, Associate Curator for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy [ bio | publications ]
Louise Cort, Curator of Ceramics [ bio | publications ]
Debra Diamond, Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art [ bio | publications ]
Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art [ bio | publications ]
Maya Foo, Museum Specialist (Curatorial) [ bio ]
Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art [ bio | publications ]
Carol Huh, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Asian Art [ bio ]
Nancy Micklewright, Interim Head of Public and Scholarly Engagement [ bio | publications]
Julian Raby, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art [ bio | publications ]
Takako Sarai, Curatorial Assistant for James Ulak, Louise Cort, and Ann Yonemura [ bio ]
Zeynep Simavi, Program Specialist, Public and Scholarly Engagement [ bio | publications]
Mary Slusser, Research Associate [ bio | publications ]
Lizzie Stein, Department Coordinator, Curatorial and Scholarly Programs and Publications [ bio]
Jan Stuart, Curator of Chinese Art [bio]
Weina Tray, Curatorial Assistant for the China Program [ bio ]
James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art [ bio | publications ]
Tom Vick, Curator of Film [ bio | publications ]
J. Keith Wilson, Curator of Ancient Chinese Art [ bio | publications ]
Ann Yonemura, Senior Associate Curator of Japanese Art [ bio | publications ]

Conservation & Scientific Research Staff & Publications

Smithsonian Research Online

Awards & Prizes

Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »