Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jean Sutherland Boggs

Academic, art historian, civil servant

Born in Negritos, Peru.

Was appointed curator for the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1962.

Has written books about the life of Edgar Degas, including Portraits By Degas in 1962.

Was appointed the first female and fifth director of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 1966, and served in this position until 1976.

Was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1973 in recognition of her scholarship in art history, and the vision and energy she displayed in developing the collection and the services of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Was chair and chief executive officer of the Canada Museums Construction Corporation from 1982 to 1985, where she was involved with the construction of both a custom-built National Gallery building and the unique Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.

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