Fine art in transit, Venice, Italy. Supervised and documented by Jenna Shaw

Jenna Shaw (United States) is a collections management and museums professional specialising in registration, exhibitions, and fine art transit, with an academic grounding in cultural heritage management and archaeology.

As a Brooks Fellow in partnership with Tate and the Delfina Foundation, Jenna’s research will focus on sustainability in exhibitions that tour. Through collaboration with Tate Collections Management colleagues, and focussing primarily on Tate’s collection, she will specifically investigate methods of identifying and mitigating negative environmental impacts of exhibitions that tour to both national and international partners, and will work to develop practical frameworks for addressing sustainability goals within touring institutions.

Jenna is currently Head Registrar at the American Federation of Arts, a New York-based arts non-profit focused on touring fine art exhibitions. Previously she was Registrar for Outgoing Loans at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Registrar for Exhibitions and Loans at the Minnesota Historical Society. She has extensive experience with modern and contemporary art, archaeology and history collections, and large-scale outdoor sculpture, and has worked in the United States, Ireland and Turkey, with courier travel across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

She was a founding chair of the National Collections Program Working Group on Virtual Couriers and co-author of an NCP position statement on virtual couriering released in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. She has presented on object-centred approaches to fine art shipping, courier transit and virtual couriering at the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists and MuseWeb conferences (2021) and is a current member of the ARCS Committee for Global Partnerships.

Jenna holds a Master’s in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management from Koç University in Istanbul (2016), a BA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA (2009), and has completed coursework in Museum Law and Administration at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN (2023). From 2011-2012 she was a Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, undertaking research focused on cultural heritage and working as a university lecturer.

Jenna was born in USA and is currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.


The Brooks International Fellowship Programme




Spring 2024 & Summer 2024


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