Meet the Team: Docent Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson and his wife Peggy have been raising their growing family in an expanding house in Spruce Head every summer since 1978. Now a retired educator, including 23 years as a Head of School in two independent schools, Chris has been a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum since 2015, returning to his early interest in the arts and following in the footsteps of his oldest daughter, who was a tour guide at the Homestead as a girl.

Chris graduated from Williams College, earned a Master’s Degree in English from The University of New Hampshire, and took graduate courses at Boston University in education and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in drama. After teaching, directing plays, coaching, and serving as Arts Chair, he took on various administrative roles prior to becoming a Head of School. Chris has presented at regional and national conferences, has served on several Boards, and has had articles published in professional journals.

Chris says, “I enjoy interactions and discoveries (both those of visitors and those they provide me) when we discuss individual art works: ‘Your questions really made me think about the art’ signals a successful tour. Among the most memorable have been some of Carter, Joseph and my virtual tour “zoom chats” and follow up in-person visits connecting to the UMaine-Augusta Senior College, students’ willingness to create stories or even pose as or act out sculpture or paintings, and our “Memory Gallery” offerings.”

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