Tessa Lummis

Tessa Lummis
Senior Collections Manager, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
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Tessa Lummis is the Senior Collections Manager at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. Prior to this role she was the Museum Registrar of The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, where she oversaw all areas of collections management for three unique collections: the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, the Textile Museum collection and the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. She managed the accessioning and deaccessioning of objects, as well as loans to and from the museum, object photography, and object storage.

Mrs. Lummis has worked at a variety of fine arts institutions and historical resource centers including the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC, and the Samek Art Gallery in Lewisburg, PA. Most notably, she worked as part of the team to move The Textile Museum’s 20,000+ object collection to its new home at GW. She received her master’s degree in Museum Studies from GW in 2010, and her bachelor’s degree in Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she first gained a passion for collections management.