Class of 1968, Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery
Dr. Patricia Kane has worked with the Yale University Art Gallery for over forty years. After receiving her PhD at Yale University in the History of Art, and after two years at the Connecticut Historical Society as Registrar, she moved her way up at the Yale University Art Gallery. Starting as Assistant Curator for the Garvan and Related Collections of American Decorative Arts, she was then appointed Associate Curator, and now, Curator. During her time at Yale, Dr. Kane has transformed the American Decorative Arts collections, securing such large acquisitions as John C. Waddell’s gift of more than 150 objects designed between 1925 and 1940 and the Swid Powell design collection, featuring more than 1,500 examples of innovative ceramics, silver, glass, preparatory sketches and prototypes. In an effort to create tools for others to use, Dr. Kane has made countless contributions to the decorative arts field, including her book Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers: A Biographical Dictionary Based on the Notes of Francis Hill Bigelow and John Marshall Phillips, and the Rhode Island Furniture Archives. Recently, Dr. Kane was the inaugural recipient of the Wunsch Americana Award. Dr. Kane currently sits on the New Haven Museum Committee, the Mattatuck Museum Fine Arts Committee, the New Haven Preservation Trust Board of Directors, and the Collectors of Wood Art Board of Directors.