Alison Gilchrest oversees grantmaking in art history, conservation, and museums, and works closely with colleagues across the Foundation to develop new initiatives in Arts and Cultural Heritage and in areas of overlapping interest. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Ms. Gilchrest held positions in the conservation departments of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and most recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she conducted spectral imaging research at the intersection of art historical, curatorial, and conservation inquiry. Her ongoing research interests include online cultural heritage documentation and research environments. Ms. Gilchrest holds a MSIS degree with a concentration in museum information systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her thesis received the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Gerd Muehsam Award. She also holds a bachelor's degree in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College and a professional certificate in arts administration from New York University.