Katy Kline Appointed Interim Director
While WCMA is currently undergoing a search for its next director, the museum feels very fortunate to have Katy Kline step in to an interim role. Kline has all of the attributes Williams is looking for in an interim director: proven leadership at a liberal arts college art museum, extensive ties with the Williams community, and a wealth of curatorial experience.
No stranger to the college museum scene, Kline has built up an impressive resume after a 10-year stint as Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from 1998 to 2008. Previously, she served as curator and then director of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, overseeing the contemporary art exhibition program and building the public art program. Recently, she has been acting as the associate director for Smith College’s Summer Institute of Art Museum Studies.
Kline also has many ties to both Williams College and Williamstown. Some of her childhood was spent in Williamstown as her father, Kermit Gordon, was faculty in the Economics Department before accepting a job with the Kennedy Administration. She credits her many childhood visits to WCMA and the Clark as having helped develop her great interest in art. Her son, Ethan, attended Williams and is a member of the Class of 1993. She has also served two terms on WCMA’s visiting committee, so she has a lot of familiarity with the museum itself.
Kline has participated in institutional reviews for numerous college museums, and has served on NEA, NEH, and other funding panels, as well as fellowship, exhibition, award and other art panels around the country. She also co-organized the critically acclaimed installation by Ann Hamilton for the United States Pavilion at the 1998-99 Venice Biennale. The museum is thrilled to have someone of her stature and experience step in and guide the institution through its current transition.
Above: Photo by James Marshall.