Jean Sutherland Boggs
Professor of Fine Arts, 1976-1978
Jean Sutherland Boggs (June 11, 1922 – August 22, 2014) was born to Canadian parents in Negritos, Peru. In 1942, she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of Toronto, and completed her PhD in the History of Art at Harvard University (Radcliffe) in 1953. Boggs served as curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1962 to 1964 before becoming the director of the National Gallery of Canada between 1966 and 1976. During this time, she supervised the preparation of an architectural program for a new building, founded the Department of Photography and acquired several major works for the Gallery. From there, she served as Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard from 1976 to 1978. Boggs was Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art between 1979 and 1982, at which time she became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Museums Construction Corporation. In this role, which she held until 1985, Boggs was responsible for the design and construction of new buildings for the National Gallery of Canada and the National Museum of Man. Boggs is a scholar of the work of Edgar Degas, and has published widely on the artist and his work. She has also organized several Degas exhibitions, including "Drawings by Degas" shown in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis in 1967; a Degas retrospective shown in Paris, Ottawa, and New York in 1988; and "Degas at the Races", shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1998. Boggs has lectured at the University of California at Riverside, Washington University, and Harvard. She was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada in 1992, and was appointed Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 1994. During this time, she began preliminary research on a catalogue raisonné of Degas drawings. In 2004, other contributors to this project were confirmed to be Henri Loyrette, Director of the Musée du Louvre; Douglas Druick, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago; Gary Tinterow, Curator of 19th and 20th century Paintings, Sculpture, and Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Michael Pantazzi, Curator of European Art at the National Gallery of Canada. The catalogue raisonné remains incomplete. In 1999, Boggs received the Mitchell Prize for lifetime achievement in art history.