Kate Haw
Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museum, Education, and Research

Kate Haw

Director, Archives of American Art

Kate Haw is the director of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Founded in Detroit in 1954, the Archives became a part of the Smithsonian in 1970. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available primary source material documenting the history of the visual arts in the United States. Its holdings of 20 million original documents pertaining to art in America, including letters, diaries, account books, photographs and rare printed material as well as film, audio and video recordings, are continually growing. The Archives of American Art, with offices in Washington and New York City, is the largest archive devoted to documenting art in the United States.

 The Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, a permanent exhibition space for the Archives of American Art, is located on the first floor of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Previously, Haw was the vice president for development at the National Building Museum from 2011 to 2013. As a member of the museum’s senior staff, she helped define and advance the Building Museum’s initiatives and strategic interests. She oversaw all of the museum’s major fundraising programs, including annual giving, membership, major gifts, planned giving and fundraising for exhibitions, education and other initiatives.

Before joining the National Building Museum, Haw was the executive director for development and administration at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York City and Skowhegan, Maine (2006–2011). She was responsible for administration, finance, development, board relations, special events programming, communications, marketing and overseeing the school’s staff.

From 2000 to 2006, Haw held several positions at the American Federation of Arts in New York, including curator of exhibitions, director of major gifts and corporate/foundation relations, director of development and acting director of external affairs.

Haw received a bachelor’s degree in art history and religion from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a master’s degree in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Kate Haw

Kate Haw, Director of the Archives of American Art (Photo by Tim Coburn)