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Retiring Museum Director to Give Lecture

Story posted April 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Association of Bowdoin Friends will sponsor a lecture by Katharine Watson, director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and a reception in honor of her retirement on Sunday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. The lecture and reception are open to the public free of charge. Watson's speech is titled 'Museum Reflections.'

The event is an opportunity for the Friends to pay tribute to Watson, who has served as museum director since 1977.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Watson earned her bachelor's degree at Duke University before earning her master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Kress Foundation Fellowship and a Chester Dale Fellowship from the National Gallery of Art. She has been a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and of the American Council of Learned Societies.

From 1969 to 1970, Watson was an instructor of art history and curator of exhibitions at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1973 to 1977, she was a curator of art before 1800 at Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum, co-editor of the museum's Bulletin, and a lecturer in art history at Oberlin College. Watson has published numerous scholarly articles on Renaissance and Baroque sculpture.

From 1982 to 1986, Watson served as a member of the Accreditation Commission for the American Association of Museums and from 1985 to 1987 as gubernatorial appointee to the Maine Arts Commission. In 1990, she was elected to the Smithsonian Council, a 25-member panel of eminent scholars and scientists who guide the Smithsonian Institution in developing activities for the advancement of knowledge in science, history and the arts.

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