Art Historian Annette Blaugrund, Ph.D, the former director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, will be the presenter of John Audubon, Birds of America, for the Island Museum Of Art’s next Art as a Voice Series at the Whittier Theatre, Sunday, April 15th at 2 p.m..
Dr. Blaugrund has published and lectured widely on diverse subjects in American art. She was the Academy’s chief administrator, overseeing development, marketing, facility improvements, exhibitions, educational programs, art school activities, and interaction with other institutions as well as the governing council and advisory board.
The Academy honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award when she left in December 2007. She sits on several boards and has juried numerous exhibitions and competitions. She is a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums and consults privately with museums and foundations across the country. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University (1987) where for six years she taught an American art seminar and currently holds a mentoring class for graduate students.
The Wonderland Press of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. published Dr, Blaugrund’s book, The Essential Audubon, in 1999 and she continues to write essays for museum catalogues and magazines as well as authenticating Audubon paintings for auction houses.
She has lectured nationally on American art subjects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Washington DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Houston, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others.
Dr. Blaugrund has recently published a biography about Harriet Hubbard Ayer (1849-1903), a Victorian woman who defied period conventions by founding a cosmetic company in 1886, only to be committed to an insane asylum for her success.
Upon her release she became a popular columnist for the New York World whose articles appeared nationally. Dr. Blaugrund has been on a national book tour since the publication of Dispensing Beauty in New York and Beyond: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Harriet Hubbard Ayer in April 2011.