In Memoriam

Marijo Dougherty, Director Emeritus


Our museum family mourns the loss of Marijo Dougherty who served as Director of the University Art Museum from 1992-2003. (November 11, 1940 - February 24, 2018) She left this world so much better than when she came into it, having shared her passion for the arts, culture and community. She was the youngest daughter of a physician and his wife from northeast Pennsylvania, moving to Delmar after attending D'Youville College in Buffalo.

Marijo once considered a career as a physician, but chose to follow her true passion, earning a master's degree in fine arts from the University at Albany in 1974 and became a printmaker, a mentor, and curator. When she took a job as a half-time assistant at the then University Art Gallery in 1975, Marijo couldn't have imagined the position would turn into a rich 28-year career. From assistant to director, she worked feverishly to move the gallery to Museum status which was accomplished in the mid-nineties.

She was a world traveler, and for more than just pleasure. She went to Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship, and then in 1984 she was invited to the then-Soviet Union for a cultural exchange with what were known as "dissident artists." Her exhibitions were remarkable for their range and showed her ability to spot undiscovered talent. She visited Cuban artists in their small kitchen studios and in 2001, organized an exhibit of Cuban painters now receiving widespread recognition. She introduced now-renown Chinese artist Xu Bing into the campus museum in 1996.

After retiring from the University Art Museum, she was interim director of the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls in 2007-08. She oversaw "Degas and Music," an exhibition that combined art forms and involved the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and increased the visibility of the private institution.

She and her husband Norman Bauman moved from Schenectady to Altamont and rapidly became part of the fabric of the community, organizing and working in numerous local events where she expressed her love of history. She took control of the Village's Archives and History Museum and developed 30 exhibits in 11 years including the Museum in the Streets walking tour. With a bit of pageantry, an eye for detail and the ability to make people feel special, Dougherty put together memorable shows. She pulled from her network of contacts to support activities to raise funds for awareness and appreciation of cultural moments. Two weeks before her death, she was honored for her outstanding service to the Village of Altamont.

Her survivors include Norman Bauman, her husband and best friend for 34 years; and three children, Patrick, Gabrielle and Teresa. She was predeceased in 2017 by her son Michael; and her sister Kay. She cherished her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.