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Collections Staff

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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COLLECTIONS STAFF

Senior Staff

David Trobisch, Director of Collections

David Trobisch was born and raised in Cameroon, the son of missionaries Walter and Ingrid Trobisch. David attended elementary and high school in Austria and studied Protestant theology at the University of Tübingen and Heidelberg University in Germany. He earned a Doctor of Theology Habilitation from Heidelberg University. David holds dual citizenship (U.S. and German); speaks English, German and French; and has studied Latin, Hebrew and ancient Greek. David’s scholarly work concentrates on the letters of Paul, the formation of the Christian Bible, performance of texts in antiquity, and New Testament manuscripts.

Trobisch taught New Testament at the Universities of Heidelberg, Yale Divinity School and Bangor Theological Seminary, finishing his teaching career at the rank of full professor holding a named chair. He chaired the section “Working with Biblical Manuscripts” for the international meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature from 2002 to 2009. Since 1995, he has served as an advisor to the translation committee of American Bible Society and was a member of the board from 2007 to 2015. He is on the editorial board of the 29th edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece, has written a users’ guide for the 28th edition in German and English, and has worked extensively with original manuscripts of the Bible.

Trobisch joined Museum of the Bible as director of collections in 2014. He focuses on relationships with various institutions in the U.S., Europe, and abroad for acquisitions and exhibitions, as well as lecturing and writing.


Jeff Kloha, Director of Collections Operations 

Kloha joined Museum of the Bible in the Summer of 2017. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Museum of the Bible Collections Department and is responsible for executing the department strategic plan and collection management policies, along with managing other professionals.

Kloha served 18 years as Professor of New Testament at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. For the past four years he also served Concordia as Provost/Chief Academic Officer. During that time, he oversaw two accreditation processes, transitioned the institution from quarters to semesters, steered the development of new curricula, and managed strategic planning for the institution. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, researching the textual history of the Pauline Epistles. He earned the M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from Concordia Seminary.

His areas of teaching and research include the textual and canonical history of the early Christian writings, hermeneutics, and the Pauline Epistles. He is co-editor of Texts and Traditions: Essays in Honour of J. K. Elliott (Brill, 2014) and The Press of the Text: Biblical Studies in Honor of James W. Voelz (Pickwick, 2017). He has published peer-reviewed essays in the areas of New Testament textual criticism and the use of New Testament texts in early Christianity. He is a frequent conference presenter, radio guest, and television documentary commentator.

Seth Pollinger, Director of Museum Content

Seth Pollinger has a Ph.D. in biblical interpretation from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His studies specialized in functional grammar (linguistics), history of New Testament interpretation and the Gospel of John. He also has a bachelor’s degree in biblical languages and a master’s in divinity from the Master’s College.

Pollinger joined Museum of the Bible as assistant director of collections in 2015. He has coordinated the integration between the collections and the Washington museum designers, and supports the museum collections in developing strategic relations with various institutions in the U.S.

Karen York, Director of the Curatorial Department

Karen York joined Museum of the Bible in 2015 to oversee incoming collections and loans and serves on the special exhibits team. She coordinates curatorial operations and supervises the care of the collections.

York earned her Ph.D. in American art history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and speaks French and German. Her publications include numerous exhibit catalogs and articles, and she was previously the director of collections and exhibitions at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her background includes curatorial expertise in art history, exhibit design, photography and collections care, and her research interests include Jewish history and culture, Judaica, American art, and the history of metalwork. A passion for art and a love of connecting with history led York to her career as an art historian and a leadership role at Museum of the Bible.

Daniel C. Arnold, Director of Exhibits

Daniel C. Arnold has a master’s in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in comparative literature from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He was adjunct instructor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, from 2002 to 2006. While a student at Trinity, Arnold had a startup electrical contracting service, Arnold Electric, which he later developed into a larger business.

With the expansion in 2007 of Sight and Sound Theaters in Branson, Missouri, Arnold was hired as the Scenic Shop Manager leading the teams that designed, built and installed large-scale theatrical sets. In 2012, he and his team built the 80-percent-scaled reproduction of the Jerusalem Chamber in Westminster Abbey, London, for Musem of the Bible’s debut exhibition Passages. From that and serving subsequent Museum of the Bible projects as an exhibit construction consultant, Arnold was invited to join Museum of the Bible in 2012 as director of exhibits.

As director of exhibits, Arnold oversees the planning and development of traveling exhibitions. This includes the design and production of exhibits, exhibition installation logistics, cross-functional project coordination, interdepartmental project coordination and communication, and directing in-house Oklahoma City corporate headquarters construction and facilities projects.

Curators 

Lance Allred, Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Culture

Lance Allred earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Johns Hopkins University and holds a master’s in history from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s in Asian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, the University of California, Los Angeles, as a part of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). In 2011 he received the Delta Sigma Phi Teaching Excellence Award.

Allred became Museum of the Bible’s Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Culture in 2013, where he works on the conservation of the museum’s extensive cuneiform collections, in addition to facilitating research projects and aiding in exhibition planning, installation and de-installation. 

Norman C. Conrad, Curator of Americana and English Bibles

Norm Conrad developed his passion for American history during a camping trip with the Boy Scouts of America at the site of the 1756 French and Indian War barracks in Fort Frederick, Maryland. He attended Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia, and Hagerstown Community College in Washington County, Maryland. 

Prior to joining Museum of the Bible in 2013 as curator of Americana and English Bibles, he was curator for the Christian Heritage Museum for 15 years and worked as the director of marketing and international sales for the museum’s sister company, Historical Reproductions.

In 2014, Conrad curated his first major exhibition, La Biblia, in Havana, Cuba, which attracted 30,000 visitors, and, in 2016, returned to exhibit in Santiago, Cuba.

Susan Jones, Curator of Antiquities

Susan Jones earned a master’s degree in anthropology from George Washington University. While working on her master’s degree, Jones worked with the education and outreach collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as well as a collection of archaeological material from the River Basin Surveys within the anthropology department at the Smithsonian. She also has a bachelor’s in biblical archaeology from Wheaton College and completed internships at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Jones joined Museum of the Bible in 2015 as curator of antiquities. Her current work involves researching provenance and improving documentation for the collections’ antiquities, working with other curatorial staff to develop exhibitions, and preparing for the opening of the new museum in Washington in 2017. 

Corinna Ricasoli, Curator of Fine Arts (consultant, based in Rome)

Corinna Ricasoli is a native of Rome, Italy, and graduated cum laude from Università degli Studi Roma Tre with a master’s in art history. The recipient of a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ricasoli attained her Ph.D. from the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. Her thesis ‘Non Omnis Moriar’: Artists’ Funerary Monuments in Baroque Rome, examines the artist’s concern with identity, mortality and a posthumous reputation in Rome between the late 16th and early 18th centuries.

Previously Ricasoli worked at the Musée du Louvre in Paris as a researcher and curatorial assistant at the Département des Arts Graphiques. She has frequently been invited to guest lecture at several institutions, including UCD, National Gallery of Ireland and Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata.

Ricasoli joined Museum of the Bible in 2015, where she is curator of fine arts. As such, she devises and curates temporary exhibitions for the museum in Washington. She assists David Trobisch, Ph.D., director of collections, in developing a network of relations and partnerships with well-established European museums, libraries and institutions.

Ricasoli also holds research associateships at the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland and at the Vatican Apostolic Library. Her research interests focus on early modern European art, specifically Roman baroque art, on which she has published several articles in English and Italian. In anticipation of the tercentennial of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s birth (1720 – 2020), Ricasoli is currently drawing up a complete catalog of Piranesi’s prints at the Vatican Apostolic Library for publication.  

Amy Van Dyke, Lead Curator of Exhibitions, OKC
Amy Van Dyke has a master’s in secondary education with an emphasis in art education from Northern Arizona University. Van Dyke earned a bachelor’s in art history with a minor in studio art from Northern Arizona University and received certification to teach from the state of Arizona. She received training in museum studies from the Phoenix Art Museum, where she assisted in digitizing museum education resources, cataloging the prints and drawings collection, and assisting the preparators for traveling exhibitions. Van Dyke was a visiting instructor at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and a web proctor and reader-grader for the online art appreciation course for Northern Arizona University. Van Dyke is an independent painter, and has taught art history, art appreciation, visual arts, two and three dimensional design, and world history at various levels spanning from third grade classes to college courses. She developed and wrote a school-wide art curriculum for a private school in Oklahoma and lectured on the importance of “Critical Thinking & the Arts” in 2010 at the Association of Christian Teachers & Schools (ACTS).

Van Dyke joined Museum of the Bible as curator of art and education in 2012. Her current work involves curating traveling exhibitions, developing educational programs, assisting the director of the Museum Scholars Initiative, and cataloging and curating the art within the museum collections.

 Associate Curators

 Herschel A. Hepler, Associate Curator of Hebrew Manuscripts

Herschel A. Hepler has a master’s in theology with an emphasis in Old Testament studies from Southern Nazarene University. He was a fellow with the Museum Scholars Initiative Logos Institute in 2013 at Oxford University. He assisted in the research of a previously undocumented Dead Sea Scroll fragment and co-authored its publication in Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection (Brill, 2016), edited by E. Tov, K. Davis and R. Duke, one of the Scholars Initiative research publications.

Hepler joined Museum of the Bible as an assistant curator in 2012. He assists the lead curator responsible for upcoming exhibitions on various tasks, including writing, editing, artifact selection, case layout, packing and shipping of artifacts, and artifact installation and de-installation in the exhibits. He works alongside various scholars researching the extensive Torah scroll collections to determine their provenance and approximate date-range through paleographic analysis. Herschel also assists with accessioning and housing new acquisitions in the collections.

Brian Hyland, Associate Curator of Medieval Manuscripts

Brian Hyland joined Museum of the Bible in 2016 as associate curator of medieval manuscripts. In addition to curating medieval materials, he assists with documentary Greek papyri. 

Hyland holds a master’s in ancient history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He did additional studies at the Institut für Papyrologie, Ruprecht Karls Universität, in Heidelberg, Germany. 

Previously Hyland taught Greek and Roman history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and medieval history at the University of Maryland’s European extension division. After that he returned to his hometown of Binghamton, New York, where he chaired the social studies department and taught Latin, German and social studies at Seton Catholic Central High School. 

Conservation 

Francisco Rodriguez, Chief Conservator
Francisco Rodriguez graduated from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá with a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. He studied communication sciences and journalism at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota campus, and fine arts and sculpting at the National University of Colombia. He studied document conservation, restoration and chemistry at the Plastic’s Art School of Bogotá; therapeutic and document conservation at the Colombian National Library; risk assessment, impact of preservation on manuscripts and paper, and leather conservation at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro in Rome, Italy; and aqueous treatments on paper conservation at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City.

 Rodriguez is a third-generation descendant of bookbinders and started working alongside his father in 1970. He was the director of the restoration department at the Colombian National Museum in Bogotá, was a consultant with the Pontifical Vatican Library and collaborated with the Instituto Superiore per la conservazione ed il Restauro in restoring hundreds of books and documents dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, which were damaged during the 1966 flood in Florence, Italy. Rodriguez then moved to Washington to become head restorer at the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States. As an independent consultant, he has done work for the Library of Congress, the White House Library, Ronald Reagan’s personal library, Dunham Bible Museum and Lanier Theological Library, among others.

Rodriguez joined Museum of the Bible in 2013 as its first conservator. He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).