William Kloss

Art Historian

Tel/Fax 202/387-6282                                                     1824 Wyoming Ave. NW         
E-mail:                                        Washington, DC 20009
            Candidate in Philosophy (A.B.D.), University of Michigan, 1972
            Fulbright Scholar, Rome, 1967-69 [research: The Paintings of Guglielmo
Cortese (1628-1679)]
            M. A., Oberlin College, 1968 [thesis: Eugène Delacroix and Lord Byron]
            B. A., Oberlin College, 1962


  • : Writer, curator, lecturer, consultant
  • : Co-founder and Director of Tours, Washington Art Associates

1974-78: Exhibition Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution Traveling
           Exhibition Service
1973-74: Instructor, University College, University of Maryland
1973    : Instructor,  Summer Institute in Art History for Secondary School
                        Teachers, University of Maryland
1969-72: Assistant Professor of Art History, The University of Virginia


Treasures from the National Museum of American Art.  Washington, D.C.,
                        Smithsonian Institution, 1985.
More than Meets the Eye:  The Art of Trompe l’Oeil.  Columbus, Ohio,
                        Columbus Museum of Art, 1985.
            “The Sara Roby Foundation Collection:  Varieties of American Realism,” in
Modern American Realism.  Washington, D. C., National Museum of
American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1987 (reprinted 1998).
The Figural Images of Theodore Robinson, American Impressionist.
            Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Paine Art Center, 1987.
“Portraits of Our Colonial Forebearers,” World & I (November 1987).
“Zola and the Old Masters,” in Emile Zola and the Arts, 1988; proceedings of
an international colloquium, Washington, D.C., Georgetown University,
October 16-19, 1986.
Samuel F. B. Morse.  New York, Harry N. Abrams (Library of American Art),
The American Collections: Columbus Museum of Art.  Columbus Museum of
Art in association with Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1988 [with others].
“Samuel F. B. Morse’s New York Portraits, 1824-1829,” Antiques (November
            1988), 1161-67.
“New World Instincts,” in America in Art.  Santa Barbara, California, Santa
            Barbara Museum of Art (50th Anniversary Exhibition), 1991.
The Inquiring Eye:  American Paintings.  Washington, D.C.: National Gallery
of Art, 1992.
“The Phillips Collection,” Antiques & Fine Art (May/June 1992), 48-57.
“Two Portraits of Henri Herz by the Devéria Brothers,” Bulletin of The
            University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology
(Volume IX, 1989-91; published 1993), 48-57 [with Charles Timbrell].
            Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception
Rooms of the U. S. Department of State.  New York, Harry N. Abrams,
1991 [principal contributor].
Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride.  New York, Harry N. Abrams,
"Shared Ideals: Art and Society in France and America, 1776-1918," in
Discoveries! French Masterpieces from Saint-Etienne.  Santa Barbara,
California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1992.
Review of William M. Harnett, by Doreen Bolger et al.,Winterthur Portfolio
            28 (Summer/Autumn 1993): 179-85.
"Papal Rarities: Masterpieces from the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj at the National
            Gallery of Art,” American Art Quarterly (Fall 1996).
“The Landscape of Nationalism,” in This Tranquil Land.  Seattle, Frye Art
Museum, 1999.
            “Acquisitions 1992-2002,” supplement to Art in the White House.
Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 2002.
            Becoming a Nation:  Americana from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S.
Department of State.  New York:  Rizzoli, 2003  [with others].
United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art  [co-author, Diane K. Skvarla].
Washington, D.C.:  U. S. Government Printing Office, 2003.
            “The Greatest Man Living,” White House History  16 (Spring 2005),


            Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance, 36 lectures for The Great Courses.
Chantilly, Virginia:  The Teaching Company, 2004.
            History of European Art, 48 lectures for The Great Courses.  Chantilly, Virginia:
                         The Teaching Company, 2005.


  • Committee for the Preservation of the White House, appointed by President

            George Bush, 1990; reappointed by President Bill Clinton, 1993 and 1997,
            and President George W. Bush, 2002.

    • Member, Portrait Advisory Panel, U. S. Senate Commission on Art, 2001-
  • Who’s Who in American Art
  • Who’s Who in the East


  • Art Consultant: Historical Atlas of the United States, Centennial Edition,

            National Geographic Society, 1988.

  • Member, Advisory Board, Theodore Robinson catalogue raisonné project,


  • Board, Pyramid Atlantic Gallery, 1994-96
  • Scholar/Consultant, Corcoran Film / Washington Research Project,  2001-2002
  • Member, National Advisory Committee, Art and The White House:

Presidential Selections 1960-2000, The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, 2004-2005.

  • Adjudicator for regional and national art competitions
  • Guest Faculty, The American Arts Course, Sotheby’s Institute

            (accredited), 1987 – present

  • Lecturer on 48 European tours:  for the Smithsonian Institution (33), the

National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

  • Seminar Director of 83 Seminars for the Smithsonian Institution

            National Associates Program on many aspects of European and
            American art from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century


  • College Art Association
  • American Association of Museums
  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

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