Linda Ayres

Class of 1969

Linda Ayres ’69 is the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Citation Award.

Linda has worked in art museums and other cultural institutions for more than thirty years. She most recently was Associate Director of Mount Vernon where she built a new museum of fine and decorative arts. Prior to Mount Vernon, Linda served as Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, Deputy Director of the Wadsworth Athenuem, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum, Assistant Curator of American Art at the National Gallery of Art, and Assistant to the Director at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. She has presented lectures at art museums around the country, organized numerous exhibitions, and is the author or co-author of many publications on American art.

In retirement, Linda has volunteered at several institutions, including Washington College, where she served as Chair of the Alumni Board’s Washington Fund Committee. She also volunteered for nearly eight years in the Office of First Lady’s Correspondence during the Obama Administration. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rackliffe House in Berlin, Maryland, and is a member of The 1782 Society at Washington College.

Linda is a native of Berlin, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, with a major in the humanities, and master’s degree in art history from Tufts University. She and her husband, David Brewster, reside in Washington, DC.