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museum administrator , art historian

Elizabeth Broun, American art historian, curator. Woodrow Wilson fellow, 1968-1969; Ford. Foundation fellow, 1970-1972; named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in District of Columbia, Washingtonian magazine, 2009. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Broun, Elizabeth was born on December 15, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Augustine Hughes and Roberta Catherine (Hayden) Gibson.


Bachelor of Arts, University Kansas, 1968; Doctor of Philosophy, University Kansas, 1976; certified advanced study, U. Bordeaux, France, 1967.


Curator prints and drawings Spencer Museum Art, Lawrence, Kansas, 1976-1983. Assistant professor University Kansas, 1978-1983. Assistant director chief curator National Museum American Art, Washington, 1983-1988, acting director, 1988-1989.

Director Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly National Museum American Art), since 1989.


Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Augustine Hughes Gibson

Roberta Catherine (Hayden) Gibson