I have a very personal and goal oriented approach. I begin by learning what the student's needs and interests are and then tailor my teaching for them accordingly. First hand experiences and visits to museums and galleries are my specialty.
I am an art historian and museum curator who has been teaching for over 20 years. I excel at one on one teaching as well as small groups and my students have gone on to postgraduate studies and jobs in museums/galleries.
My rates vary according to the level of student and the distance I need to travel, though I am very flexible! All cancellations need to be made one week in advance, however, I take into consideration any special circumstances.
DR. AMY KATHLEEN ANN MECHOWSKI
PhD 1998-2003, University College London, History of Art
Thesis: ‘Natalie Barney and the Construction of the self in Fin-de-siècle Photography’
MA 1996-1997, University College London, History of Art
Course: Modernism and the Politics of Representation (distinction)
BA 1992-1996, Lawrence University, History of Art, Sculpture (summa cum laude)
1993-1994, University College London and Slade School of Art, History of Art, Drawing
CURATORIAL AND ART MUSEUM EXPERIENCE
2016-2018 Head of the Learning Academy, Learning and National Programmes Department, V&A
I was hired to bring the whole of the adult learning offer under a single umbrella: the new ‘Learning Academy’. This diverse public programme includes all history of art and design courses, conferences, study days and seminars, practical workshops and continuing professional development training. The programme also includes talks, public tours, demonstrations, performances, film screenings, and evening events. I managed a team of eight members of staff to organise and deliver this programme as well as setting and monitoring the annual budget. I was Course Leader for Evening and Short Courses such as ‘Curating Contemporary Art and Design’ and ‘Rediscovering the Renaissance’ as well as Lecturer on a wide range of courses covering subjects from the medieval period to the present day as well as professional development training for participants pursuing careers in museums, galleries, and the art world.
2013-2016 Programme Leader, Art Museums, Galleries and Curating, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
I took on this post to devise, deliver and firmly establish a programme for a new semester course, designed specifically for undergraduates seeking to develop a career in curating. I worked collaboratively with London galleries, museums, trusts and foundations to facilitate partnerships for a course that was delivered primarily through on-site visits and hands-on, object-based learning. I dealt with all documentation to ensure the course was accredited through Manchester University as well as liaising with all lecturers and institutions that we visited, in addition to delivering lectures, facilitating seminars, marking coursework and organising special events. Each term I devised and solely delivered a week-long trip for students to Amsterdam and The Hague as well as guiding the group on visits to Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs in London. I also organized and led day trips to Cambridge, Oxford and Chichester. I advised students on how to pursue professional and leadership positions in the contemporary art world and acted as a mentor to those entering into internships and work experience programmes. I contributed to the redevelopment of the MA Core Course, delivering lectures across the programme and acting as supervisor for a number of MA student theses.
2007-2013 Assistant Curator, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramic and Glass Department, V&A
I was responsible for all aspects of the care and documentation of objects in the Sculpture collection. I researched and catalogued objects on the digital collections management system, writing gallery/web text and contributing to publications, in addition to liaising with photographers and designers. I managed a team of ten volunteers on an annual basis, and represented the department as liaison with Learning and Interpretation. I delivered lectures and tours to arts societies, donors, and corporate sponsors and worked with the media, especially television production companies, such as the BBC.
1999-2003 Gallery Assistant, James Hyman Fine Art, London
I liaised with private collectors and corporate clients both in writing and in person, as well as assisting in all aspects of exhibitions and fairs of 20th-century and contemporary British painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. I researched provenances, organised press releases and managed private views, developing an in depth knowledge of the London art market, its processes and procedures.
1996-1998 Gallery Assistant, Kamp Gallery, Chicago
I researched 19th- and 20th-century paintings and works on paper and their provenances, writing artist biographies, catalogue entries, and press releases. Having demonstrated my keen business acumen in my dealings with private and corporate clients, I was solely responsible for supervising the gallery on a daily basis and responded to all queries in writing, by phone, and in person.
2007 Part-time Tutor, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Kingston
I led a postgraduate seminar-based course on interdisciplinary research methods: developing students’ abilities to organise and manage projects, to apply for funding, commissions or placements, and to work as a team on collaborative research projects. I advised and assisted students in pursuing their interests in further study and career goals.
1999-2007 Course Leader and Part-time Tutor, History of Art Department, University College London
I developed syllabi for both new and existing courses, delivering lectures, organising study days and trips abroad. I taught undergraduate and postgraduate seminar courses on visual and material culture, from the medieval period through the modern era, in particular ‘Modern and Contemporary Art in London collections’. These included, but were not limited to, ‘Art and Society in France and Britain, 1830-1900’; ‘20th Century Modernism from the fin-de-siѐcle to the Second World War, 1900-1950’; and ‘The 20th-century: Modernism and Post-Modernism.’ I set and marked essays and exams, conducted individual tutorials and assessed student performance. I delivered public lectures for the university and research papers at conferences.
1999-2007 Part-time Tutor, History of Art Department, University College London
I taught undergraduate and postgraduate seminar courses on a variety of subjects, including theory and methodology, European visual and material culture, social and national politics, from the medieval period to the present day. These included, but were not limited to, ‘The History of the Category of “Art”, the philosophy of aesthetics and its legacies in contemporary art’; ‘The History of Photography: the mid-19th century to the present day’; and ‘Difference and Deviance: the “Body,” “Consciousness,” and the “Avant Garde,” the mid-19th century to contemporary art’. I set and marked essay assignments and exams, conducting individual tutorials and assessing students on class presentations.
2004-2007 Part-time Tutor, University of Delaware, London Centre
I taught courses on British art and architecture in London in the period from the Great Fire of 1666 to the present day as well as survey courses on the history of Western art in London collections, exploring the history of collecting and methods of exhibition and display on-site in museums and galleries. Each term, I led a week-long trip for students to visit museums and galleries in Paris.
2003-2006 Part-time Lecturer, History Department, Queen Mary, University of London
I taught undergraduate courses as an introduction to European painting and sculpture and architecture as well as historiography and methodologies, in the 19th and 20th century. I set and marked essay assignments and exams, acting as supervisor and examiner for undergraduate theses.
2005 Visiting Lecturer, History of Art Department, University of Warwick
I co-taught an undergraduate seminar-based course on the interior in French art, design, and visual culture in the 19th-20th centuries.
2001 Lecturer, Department of English, Goldsmith’s College
I co-taught an undergraduate course in comparative literature and history of art in 19th and 20th-century France.
1998-2000 Teaching Assistant, History of Art Department, University College London
I delivered lectures and marked essays for two first year undergraduate core courses.
2016-present Organisational Member, Engage: National Association for Gallery Education and Epale: Association for Adult Learning in Europe
2007-present Institutional Member, Museums Association
1998-present Member, Association of Art Historians
Languages Reading knowledge of French, German and Spanish
Studio Sculpture: lost wax bronze casting, copper/steel welding and metalworking, wood, wax, plaster, Portland stone, marble and slate; Glass: blowing, fused, kiln and lamp; Painting: oil, watercolour, acrylic, and encaustic; Printmaking: etching, wood block and linoleum; Ceramics; Photography: 35mm film and digital.
CONFERENCES AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS (SELECTED)
Respondent and Session Chair: ‘Discovering and Rediscovering the Renaissance,’ Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Chicago (2017)
Session Chair: ‘Gallery Assistants on the Frontline,’ Museums Association Conference, Glasgow (2016)
Paper: ‘Playing Ball: Friday Late, Live Art and the V&A”, Association of Art Historians, Annual Conference, The Open University (2012)
Co-convenor: ‘“The Noblest Form Demands Strenuous Labour”: Women Sculptors, 1600-present,’ Association of Art Historians, Annual Conference, University of Warwick (2011)
Paper: ‘On the Other Hand, On the Fragment,’ Symposium in Honour of Linda Nochlin, University College London (2011)
Books Chapter author, Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, edited by Jana Funke and Jennifer Grove, Palgrave (forthcoming, November 2018)
Chapter author, Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters, edited by Outi Remes, Peter Lang Publishing (2014)
Editor and Research Assistant, Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London, by Fran Lloyd, Liverpool University Press (2011)
Catalogues Essay author, Leg Up – New Paintings by Emma Cousin, with Isabelle Bingley and Luce Garrigues, Privately published to accompany Lewisham Arthouse Gallery exhibition (2018)
Author, Unseen Terrain – A Retrospective of Paintings by Ella Benami, Privately printed to accompany Daniel Raphael Gallery exhibition (2017)
Contributor, Art and Design for All: The Victoria and Albert Museum, by Julius Bryant et al, V&A Publishing (2012)
Editorial, research and writing assistant, Senior Curator of Manuscripts, Rowan Watson, Western Illuminated Manuscripts, V&A Publications (2011).
Reviews ‘Modern Women and Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Painting’ by Ruth E. Iskin (2008) in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture (2011)
‘Women Artists at the Millennium’ by Carol Armstrong and Catherine De Zegher (2006) Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Winter 2007)
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