Bachelor, University Kansas, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Kansas, 1976. Certified advanced study, University 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.
(Hailed as "Greatest Painter of the Imagination")
(Book by Elizabeth Broun)
Member Phi Beta Kappa.