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art historian , Art museum director

Katharine Johnson Watson, art museum director, art historian. Kress Foundation fellow, 1967-1968, Chester Dale Fellow, 1970-1971, American Council Learned Societies fellow, 1977-1978, Villa I Tatti fellow, 1977-1978.


Watson, Katharine Johnson was born on November 11, 1942 in Providence. Daughter of William Randolph and Katharine Johnson (Badger) Watson.


Bachelor, Duke University, 1964. Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1973.


Teaching assistant, University of Pennsylvania, 1966-1967; instructor, curator exhibitions, U. Pittsburgh, 1969-1970; curator of art before 1800, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio., 1973-1977; lecturer, Oberlin College, 1973-1977; director Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine., 1977-1983; director Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine., 1977-1998. Trustee Museum Art of Ogunquit, 1977-1989, Regional Art Conservation Laboratory, Williamstown, 1977-1990, Surf Point Foundation, York, Maine. Member Smithsonian Council, 1990-1996.


Member professional advising committee Victoria Society Maine, 1988-1993. Member of advisory county Archives of America Art, 1982-1990. Member American Association Art Museum Dirs., American Association Museums, College Art Association F C.


Married Paul Luther Nyhus, December 17, 1983. Stepchildren: Kristina Victoria, Karen Ida, Katharine Ellen.

William Randolph Watson

Katharine Johnson (Badger) Watson

Paul Luther Nyhus

Kristina Victoria Watson

Karen Ida Watson

Katharine Ellen Watson