About Me

My Passion

Welcome to the website of Katharine Martinez, a consultant to artists, collectors, and institutions. I am passionate about connecting artists and collectors of prints, photographs, and ephemera with the institution that will appreciate, preserve, and promote your archive or collection in perpetuity.  If you are looking for the best home for your  archive, print collection or collection of historical ephemera I can make that connection for you, and advise you throughout the process.

My Experience

Over the years I’ve enjoyed working as a curator and administrator for museum and university collections of prints, photographs, archives, and ephemera, working with artists, collectors, their estates, and foundations in building great institutional collections.  My professional experiences have given me unique expertise and an international network of artists, collectors, dealers, curators, and archivists that I can tap as I advise you.  These experiences have given me a unique perspective on the joys and challenges of discovering, collecting, preserving, organizing, and publicizing treasures.  I understand the artist’s and collector’s perspective, as well as institutional policies and practices about acquisition, preservation, collection management, exhibitions, and public programs.

My Education

B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Delaware

Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University

Ph.D. degree in American Studies from George Washington University

My Career

I launched my career in art and Americana collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, followed by The Avery Art and Architecture Library at Columbia University, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.  I subsequently held senior positions at the Winterthur Museum, Stanford University Libraries, Harvard University Libraries, and the Center for Creative Photography.  My consulting business engages all the skills and contacts I have gained over the years.

My Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the American Alliance of Museums, American Historical Print Collectors Society, Association of Art Historians of American Art, and the Ephemera Society of America. I was honored with membership in the American Antiquarian Society in 2009.

You can see my CV here.

Contact me at katharine.martinez@gmail.com

Photograph courtesy of Harold and Frances Murray Jones.