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Elizabeth Neilson Armstrong

Elizabeth Neilson Armstrong, American curator. Recipient government merit award for outstanding performance National Endowment of the Humanities, 1979; humanities graduate research grantee University California, 1981; fellow for museum professionals National Endowment for Arts, 1989.


  • Armstrong, Elizabeth Neilson was born on June 30, 1952 in Winchester, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Douglas Byron and Ruth Mary (Publow) Armstrong.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Hampshire College, 1974. Master of Arts, University California, Berkeley, 1982.


    • Grants administrator National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1976-1979. Research assistant San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1979-1981. Consultant Lowie Museum Anthropology, Berkeley, 1981-1982.

      National Endowment for Arts curatorial intern Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1982-1983, assistant curator, 1983-1986, associate curator, 1986-1989, curator, 1989-1996. Senior curator Museum Contemporary Art, San Diego, since 1996. Member advisory board Capp Street Project, San Francisco, 1987.

      Guest curator Center for Book Arts, New York City, 1989. Panelist National Education Association, Washington, 1988, 89, Pew Charitable Trust, 1994. Consultant, reviewer National Gallery Art, Washington, 1990.


    • In the Spirit of Fluxus
    • This book focuses on a period of time in the late 1950s when a group of artists began look around them in a new way.


    Member advisory committee Minnesota Percent for Art Program, St. Paul, 1987. Board directors Artpaper, Minneapolis, 1989-1993. Member Print Council American, Minnesota Center for Book Arts.



    Snorkeling, tennis, skiing.


    • Married Daniel Alexander Boone, March 1, 1985. Children: Olivia Armstrong Boone, Phoebe Elizabeth Boone.
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    Born June 30, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      Hampshire College
    • 1982
      University California
    • 1976 - 1979
      Grants administrator, National Endowment of the Humanities
      Washington, United States
    • 1979 - 1981
      research assistant, San Francisco Museum Modern Art
    • 1981 - 1982
      consultant, Lowie Museum Anthropology
      Berkeley, California, United States
    • 1982 - 1983
      National Endowment for Arts curatorial intern, Walker Art Center
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 1989 - 1996
      National Endowment for Arts curatorial intern, Walker Art Center
    • 1996
      senior, curator Museum Contemporary Art
      San Diego, California, United States
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