I was born in Mississippi, and until I was ten, attended public schools in Mississippi and Tennessee. When I was in the fifth grade, my parents moved to the small town in North Carolina where my mother was born, and where her mother and sister lived. I earned my high school diploma at St. Mary’s, a private girls’ school in Raleigh, and my BA at Duke. When I was 21, I took a train to New York to seek my fortune. I’ve lived in New York City and Connecticut ever since, except for two years in Boston at graduate school.
I planned to make my living writing novels. But in New York, economic reality caught up with me, and I wrote about art, and business and finance, because that’s what I could get into print, and what paid the rent. Along the way, I earned my MBA at Harvard, my MA in Art History at Hunter, my PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and my MA in Fiction Writing at Antioch University.
I’ve written articles for American Artist, Art and Auction, Print Quarterly, Journal of the Print World, Print Collectors’ Newsletter, The South Magazine, The Tamarind Papers, Works on Paper, and many more magazines and newspapers. I’ve served on the Print Committees of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum. I’ve been a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and I am an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University. I’ve served as President of the New York City Art Commission, and Vice Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts.
I’ve worked as a library assistant, researcher at a management consulting firm, a Wall Street securities analyst, and writer for Institutional Investor magazine and other financial publications. I’ve had a host of part-time jobs, from answering telephones to stuffing flyers in envelopes.
In December 2008, most of our collection—about 5000 prints—were donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., but we are still recognized as experts in the field.
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