Bachelor, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1975; diploma in history European painting, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1976; Master of Arts, U. Dublin, 1976; Master of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies, CUNY, 1978.
Assistant curator National Gallery Ireland, 1975-1976. Teacher education National Gallery Ireland and Municipal Gallery, 1977-1978. Chief curator, registrar collections Museum Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1979-1981.
Managing director Newry (Northern Ireland) and Mourne Arts Center and Theatre, 1982-1983. Manager arts council Northern Ireland Gallery Contemporary Art, Belfast, 1982-1988. Project coordinator The Decade Show Museum Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York City, 1982-1988.
Associate director for programs, curator education Parrish Art Museum, Southampton. Chief Executive Officer Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1995—2006. Chief Executive Officer, curator Museum Russian Icons, Clinton, since 2006.
Associate professor museum studies Long Island University, Southampton, since 1992. Lecturer Brooklyn Museum, 1981. Panelist visual arts British Prix de Rome.
Member course development and advisory committee New University Ulster College Art, Belfast. Assessment panelist National Endowment of the Humanities. Member art in education panel Board Cooperative Educational Services, Suffolk County, Connecticut.
Member committee for minority education Southampton High School. Founder International Committee of Museums, Association International des Critiques d'art, Ireland, 1976.
Member of Huggins Armory Museum, National Security Council, Greater Worcester Community Fund., Mass Humanities (board member 2010, trustee board 2010), Non-profit Support Center GWCF (board member 2010), American Association Museum (chair council regions), New England Museum Association (president 2006-2008), Society Mayflower Descendents, Fruitlands Museum (board member 2010), Tower Hill Botanic Gardens 2010, Worcester Club.
Married Aisling Gaughan, March 4, 1978. Children: Christopher, Edward.