WSU alumna Linda Downs '68 receives Arts Achievement Award...

CAA News: Newsletter of the College Art Association

Wayne State University named Linda Downs, College Art Association executive director and chief executive officer, as one of five recipients of its 2012 Arts Achievement Awards. The awards, which are given to alumni of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at any stage of their career, honor a passionate dedication to their chosen field. Downs earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Monteith College at Wayne State in 1968. She taught in the university’s Department of Art and Art History from 1976 to 1989.

Linda Downs was curator of education at the Detroit Institute of Arts; head of education at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and director of the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. Downs published articles on art museum education and has been an educational consultant to public school projects in Detroit, the District of Columbia and Davenport, Iowa. She also served on the Getty Education Center’s Discipline-Based Art Education Project. She is the author of a monograph on Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals and many catalogue essays, articles and research papers on modern Mexican art, and has organized exhibitions including a major retrospective of Rivera’s work. She has served on many national nonprofit boards and acted as a consultant to art museums throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Australia, Lithuania, Estonia and St. Petersburg.