NEW YORK (AP) _ Arthur Houghton Jr., former president of Steuben Glass and one-time chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has died at 83.

Houghton died Tuesday at Venice (Fla.) Hospital after a brief illness.

Houghton was a great-grandson of Armory Houghton, who founded Corning Glass Works in 1851. He became president of Steuben Glass, a Corning subsidiary, in 1933 and built its worldwide reputation during his 40 years in charge.

Company legend has it that shortly after he took over Steuben, Houghton spent a Sunday smashing every piece of glass in a company warehouse to show his dissatisfaction with the design.

The company's new designs came to be shown in museums in this country and abroad, and Steuben adopted the slogan ''From ash can to museum in half a century.''

Houghton was president of the Metropolitan from 1964 to 1969. In 1969 he was became chairman of the museum's board and served until 1972.

He sat on the New York Philharmonic's board from 1952 to 1965 and served as chairman from 1958 to 1963. He was also vice chairman of a committee to create Lincoln Center, where the Philharmonic moved in 1962.

Houghton is survived by his wife, Nina, a son and two daughters by previous marriages. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.