Kate Lewis is MoMA’s Agnes Gund Chief Conservator. She oversees the David Booth Conservation Department, whose activities are focused on the access and display, technical research, treatment, care, and stewardship of MoMA’s collection. With a focus on learning and training, Lewis has led initiatives to address the long-term preservation of media art and broaden access into the field of conservation. She has taught and lectured widely on contemporary art conservation and currently serves on the boards of the time-based media project of the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA).
Prior to joining MoMA as a media conservator in 2013, Lewis worked as a time-based media conservator at Tate, London. Before that she specialized in paper and photograph conservation, working in private studios, regional labs, and museums. She received a BA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and an MA in the conservation of works of art on paper from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.