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Kline Named Director of the Bowdoin Art Muesum

Story posted June 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Katy Kline has been named director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Kline has served as director of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1986. She brings to Bowdoin a wealth of experience as an art historian, author and scholar. At Bowdoin, Kline will oversee the College's 14,000-object collection, and manage the museum's staff, programs and budget. She will be responsible for the museum's exhibition program and publications, its educational activities within and beyond the College, and the development of its collections.

"Katy Kline will bring an impressive array of strengths to her new post," said Charles Beitz, Bowdoin's dean for academic affairs. "She is a gifted and perceptive curator and an energetic advocate for the arts. We are enormously fortunate that she will be joining us." Kline, who succeeds Katharine J. Watson as museum director, begins at Bowdoin in mid-October.

She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history from Oberlin College, where she also received a year of curatorial training. Kline has spent nearly 20 years at MIT, first as a coordinator of special projects from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, she became curator, a post she held until 1986. Prior to joining the List staff, Kline organized exhibitions and wrote on the collections of the Jewish Museum in New York and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. She published extensively on modern and contemporary art in Art News magazine and other journals and served as art critic for the Buffalo Courier Express.

Last month, Kline was chosen as one of two organizers of the United States exhibition at the next Venice Biennale, an international visual arts festival. Exhibitions at the festival, to be held in 1999 or 2000, represent more than 40 countries worldwide. The winning entry by Kline and former List curator Helaine Posner will be a work by the contemporary installation and performance artist Ann Hamilton.

Kline is the author or has contributed to several books, including "Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation" (1998) and "Leon Golub and Nancy Spero: War and Memory (1994). She has also written numerous exhibition catalogues on contemporary art and design at MIT. Kline has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a juror for exhibitions and fellowship awards throughout the country. She has been a member of the Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee since 1992. She has served as an accreditation reviewer for the American Association of Museums and has juried numerous public art competitions, such as the 1991 New England Holocaust Memorial design competition. She has won travel grants from the Association Francaise d'Action Artistique, the Asian Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1995, she was awarded MIT's Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Prize for Excellence in the Creative Arts.

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