Dr. Kit Smyth Basquin has been a lifelong lover of art and art history. After graduating from Goucher College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, Dr. Basquin went on to lead a career deeply connected to the arts. She has owned, curated and directed galleries and worked in museums. At museums she has held positions as curator, curator of education and administrator. Prior to retiring from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, she worked as an administrator for 13 years with Drawing and Prints. She presently serves as a volunteer there. Additionally, Dr. Basquin taught art history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; in Gaza City, Gaza; and at Concordia College in Milwaukee.
After earning a bachelor’s degree, Dr. Basquin earned a Master of Arts in art history from Indiana University. She obtained a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, focusing on art history from the Union Institute and University in 2009. Although now retired, she is still active in the community and volunteers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in several singing groups.
As a compliment to her career in art history, Dr. Basquin wrote a book, an annotated bibliography of books and articles on Ethiopian art in June 1968. It is available at the library of Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia. She has recently written a biography about pioneer animator, Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983) and has moved on to writing her memoir. In the fall of 2016, she published a piece in Narrative Magazine. In July 2019, she judged the prix de print for Art in Print and wrote about the object.