Tamara K. Johnston
Adjunct Assoc. Professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
2220 E. Beverly Road
Shorewood, WI 53211 , US map
Tamara Johnston has been working in the museum field for over 25 years, specializing in collections care education; permanent collection management; project management (including all aspects of registration); policy development; and data management. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University and a baccalaureate in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin (UW). In 2014, Tamara completed a four year, NEH funded preservation project at the American Geographical Society Library and Archive at UW – Milwaukee. She now works as a collection management consultant in addition to teaching. Tamara is an assistant professor in art history at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she developed a museum course for art students that hopes to encourage the next generation of artists to preserve and document their own art and she also teaches in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tamara also served on the board of the Registrars Committee of the Alliance of American Museums (RC-AAM), first as treasurer (2000-2002) and then as the chair of Education for the RC-AAM (2002-2012). Before moving to Milwaukee, Tamara worked for 12 years at Bryn Mawr College’s Art and Archaeology Collection where she was the Collections Manager & Registrar of “a museum without walls” comprised of 50,000 objects ranging from photography to classical archaeology. She has also worked at the Kohler Foundation, the Penn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Museum. She has published on various topics in collections care and has designed and conducted many workshops and panel sessions at regional, national, and international conferences in topics ranging from box making to copyright.