Catherine Nuzum​

Catherine joined the team at Dumbarton House in 2014 as the NSCDA Membership Assistant, and ultimately moved into the role of Dumbarton House Curator in late 2020. In her current role, Catherine plans exhibitions and works closely with the museum team to advance the mission of the NSCDA’s 1799 historic house museum and headquarters.

Catherine, who hails from North Carolina, has a BA in both Studio Art and Art History from Salem College and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. While at Salem, Catherine discovered her love of history and museums, particularly historic house museums, thanks to an internship in the education department at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Following her undergraduate studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work in an international arts non-profit before returning to school to earn her master’s degree in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. During her graduate studies, Catherine had the opportunity to study Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City for a semester and to work as a Curatorial Aide with the Curator of the Architect of the Capitol.

Catherine joined Dumbarton House in 2014.

Fun Fact: Catherine and her husband, who share a deep love of the National Park Service, have visited nearly every NPS site within a four hour drive of Alexandria, VA and never leave for a vacation without packing their NPS passport. Catherine’s favorite NPS site (so far) is Dry Tortugas, and her number one bucket list site is the National Park of American Samoa!