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December 14, 2004

Southampton Alum Katie McGown Undertakes Art Education in NYC
Mahopac, N.Y.  Native Shares American Folk Art with the Masses

Amanda Olsen (

Southampton, NY – Southampton College alum Katie McGown’s (’04) current endeavors have landed her a job in Visitors’ Services at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, where she greets guests and helps to maintain the security of the museum.

 “I love to see the reactions to what the Museum has to offer,” she said.

The museum’s collection of more than 4,000 artworks span three centuries of American visual expression, from unflinching portraits, dazzling quilts, and muscular weathervanes to potent works by contemporary self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.

With many career paths to choose from, this recent graduate is considering pursuing a Masters degree in Museum Science, setting her sights on the lofty goal of museum curator. “The possibilities and key roles are endless.”

McGown knew as soon as she set foot on the College’s small, insular East End campus for the Summer by the Sea Drawing camp in the summer of 1999 that it was the place for her.  At the camp, McGown met Beth Giles, Director of the College’s Avram Gallery, who would go on to become her mentor throughout her college years. Giles, along with McGown’s other professors, encouraged her to push her boundaries, resulting in a study-abroad trip in England and a stint as a student teacher.

“The atmosphere at the College really established my lifestyle,” said McGown. “It helped me keep my feet on the ground.”