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WHen: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Sotheby’s Institute students and alumni for a morning breakfast featuring guest speaker Katherine Hughes, Peggy N. Gerry Research Scholar, American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Start your day with a breakfast chat with SIA alumni and your fellow art world professionals. 

This is event is by invitation only and exclusive to Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA students and Alumni. To RSVP please email


Katherine Hughes, Peggy N. Gerry Research Scholar, American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Katherine “Kate” Carson Hughes is the 2018-2020 Peggy N. Gerry Research Scholar, supported through the Decorative Arts Trust, with the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. An alumna of The College of William and Mary (B.A. ’12) and Sotheby’s Institute of Art - New York (’14, M.A. American Fine & Decorative Art), Kate continued her education as a three-time graduate of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institute, the Victorian Society of America’s London Summer School, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Professional Intensive.
She was most recently the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Historic Interiors at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and previously held positions at Historic Charleston Foundation as well as Ralph Harvard, Inc. Her research has focused on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century material culture and decorative arts of the American South, with particular interests in architecture, interiors, and ceramics. Kate’s primary duties at the Met center around the upcoming exhibition Stories in Clay: Stoneware from Old Edgefield District, South Carolina. Her research on potter Thomas M. Chandler’s earliest-known signed piece, a stoneware butter churn, was recently published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. 

Ashley Robinson, Director of Career Services, Sotheby’s Institute of Art- New York 
Ashley Devenish Robinson is the Director of Career Services at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and is an expert in job search strategy, career advising, and coaching, as well as program development around professional practices. She brings unique insight into the inner workings of the art market, having spent time in the auction and gallery world in London before pursuing a career in education.
Prior to this appointment, Robinson was the Director of Career Services at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, a private fine art and design school offering undergraduate and graduate degrees widely known for producing some of the top creative talent nationwide. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from University of California, Berkley, an MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design from Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London and has studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris.