Gallery Director Kathryn Waggener McGuire is a painter, art historian, museum educator and host of the Montclair Figure Drawing Group. She moved to Montclair, New Jersey after working with special exhibitions in the education department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and completing her master’s degree in Museum Education and Historical Research at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has written and curated extensively on American artist A.B. Jackson, and focused on developing programs for museum audiences with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Before opening Clerestory Fine Art, Kathryn served as Co-Director of Studio Montclair Inc’s “Incubator for Emerging Artists,” teaching artists professional practice in selecting artwork for well-curated exhibitions; writing label copy; composing and distributing press releases; refining bios and artist statements; and installing exhibitions. While conducting studio tours and meeting artists in northern New Jersey, she was astounded at the amount of high-quality artists with large collections of artwork, stunted by a lack of scholarly, for-profit exhibition venues or gallery opportunities, thus inspiring her to open Clerestory Fine Art.
She has conducted extensive international art historical research, most notably with grants studying Austrian expressionism in Vienna, Austria, and the formation of contemporary Eastern European art markets in Russia and Bulgaria.