Katherine de Vos Devine writes about contemporary art, intellectual property, and free speech. Her academic research focuses on fair use, the ethics of appropriation, and the impact of copyright laws on artistic expression. She is also committed to engaging with these issues in curatorial, educational, and community outreach projects for museums and other arts institutions.

Devine is the former executive director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina. She previously worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP, where she assisted more than one hundred public charities and private foundations with the processes of organization, incorporation, and tax exemption. Before that, she helped David Bouley build his culinary empire.

Devine earned her Ph.D. in art history at Duke University, where she wrote her doctoral thesis, “A Dangerous Undertaking: Appropriation Art, Intellectual Property, and Fair Use Since the 1990s,” under the supervision of Dr. Kristine Stiles and Dr. Hans Van Miegroet. While pursuing her doctorate, Devine worked with the Nasher Museum of Art on traditional and digital curatorial projects for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. She received her M.A. and B.A. in art history from Duke and her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.

Devine is a New York city native who walks fast, loves crossword puzzles, and drinks strong coffee. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


photo (c) Chris Hildreth