Mission

Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a peer-populated platform for educators who use visual and material culture in their teaching practice. Home to an evolving and collectively authored repository of open educational content, AHTR serves as a collaborative virtual community for art history instructors at all stages of their academic and professional careers.

The website supports learning in the classroom, in the museum, and online by blending traditional and technological approaches to pedagogy.  Inspired by colleagues at Smarthistory.org, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, and ArtMuseumTeaching.org, AHTR strives to create similarly engaging materials to support instructors and help them improve students’ understanding of art history and its value.

Content

The AHTR website includes a variety of pedagogical resources including adaptable lesson plans and downloadable powerpoint presentations, assignment ideas, and learning activities appropriate for museum and classroom settings. It promotes discussion, reflection, and exchange around new ways of teaching and learning in art history through the AHTR Weekly, a weekly blog featuring contributions from practitioners in higher education, museum, and K-12 learning environments. The E-journal Hub is a source for information about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Art History (SoTL-AH) and a portal to Art History Pedagogy and Practice, our open-access academic journal housed on Academic Works, the Digital Commons repository of the City University of New York.

We welcome inquiries and suggestions related to new areas of content on the site!  Please contact us at info@arthistoryTR.org.

Advisory Board

Beth Harris is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. She was the first director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Renee McGarry is an art historian and educational designer and technologist who is passionate about making the classroom experience engaging, innovative, and creative for students and faculty alike. She has worked in online course development at the New York University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a co-founding editor of Art History Pedagogy and Practice which is dedicated to exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline of art history (SoTL-AH).

Mike Murawski is the founding author and editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, art museum educator, and currently the Director of Education & Public Programs for the Portland Art Museum. He earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts. Prior to his position at the Portland Art Museum, he served as Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as head of education and public programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University. Mike’s postings on this site are his own and don’t necessarily represent the Portland Art Museum’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

Steven Zuckeris is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. He was chair of history of art and design at Pratt Institute where he strengthened enrollment and led the renewal of curriculum across the Institute. Before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Zucker is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-authored, with Dr. Beth Harris, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics he regularly addresses at conferences around the world. Dr. Zucker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Advisory Board, Art History Pedagogy and Practice

See complete bios here

Susan Ball, Independent Curator and Non-profit Consultant
Rika Burnham, The Frick Collection 
Jill Cirasella, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michael Cothren, Swarthmore College
Kelly Donahue-Wallace, The University of North Texas
Anne Kraybill, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Mike Murawski, Portland Art Museum
Andrea Pappas, University of Santa Clara
Nancy Ross, Dixie State University
Deirdre Diane Spencer, University of Michigan
Anne Swartz, Savannah College of Art and Design
Luke Waltzer, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University

Contributing Editors

Francesca Albrezzi has worked with museums for over a decade, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.), the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (Paris, France), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, California). She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), and has received a Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate through UCLA’s Digital Humanities Program.  Her dissertation interrogates non-traditional modes of publishing, display, and information capture in museums and archives. Specifically, she is interested in spectrums of immersive experience within GLAM organizations as offered by technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 photo and video capture. Albrezzi also has significant experience developing digital tools, such as The Getty Scholars’ Workspace™ for conducting collaborative arts research and preservation. She is a HASTAC Scholar (2016-2018), has taught within the field of Digital Humanities for four years at UCLA, and helped to produce an online digital art history textbook. Falbrezzi [at] gmail [dot] com.

Michelle Millar Fisher  is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is currently The Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where her next exhibition will engage design futures. She has long been interested in the confluence of gender and design, the subject of an independent co-organized exhibition and co-published book, I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment (January 2018), in conjunction with muca-Roma, Mexico City. From 2014-2018 she was a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she co-organized, amongst others, the exhibitions Design and Violence, This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, From the Collection, 1960-1969 and, most recently, the 2017 exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? and the accompanying catalogue. Previously, she worked at the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She frequently lectures at conferences and symposia. michellemillarfisher [at] gmail [dot] com

Parme Giuntini is an associate adjunct professor of Art History at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she was Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of Art History for 17 years. Pedagogically, her key research focus has been curriculum design, assessment, and active learning strategies. Since moving to North Carolina in 2016, she has specialized in designing pedagogies for teaching her online classes in a virtual classroom. She hopes her contributions to AHTR will broaden online pedagogies, applied learning projects, and encourage the development of better assessment practices. Her AHTR posts address flipping the classroom for the site here and she recently authored “MOOCs 2.0: Reviewing n.paradoxa’s MOOC on Contemporary Art and Feminism” for Art History: Pedagogy and Practice. pgiuntini [at] gmail [dot] com

Naraelle Hohensee is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Smarthistory.org. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. A specialist in post-modern architecture and urbanism, she is also a professional digital media producer with experience in television production, print, and web design.

Renee McGarry is an art historian and educational designer and technologist who is passionate about making the classroom experience engaging, innovative, and creative for students and faculty alike. She has worked in online course development at the New York University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a co-founding editor of Art History Pedagogy and Practice which is dedicated to exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline of art history (SoTL-AH).

Alysha Meloche is a Ph.D. student and researcher at Drexel University’s School of Education. She received a Master’s degree in Art History from Temple University with a focus on Late Antique architecture. After spending several years as an adjunct teaching art history classes, she received two awards to design and improve classroom pedagogy. Following this experience, her passion for teaching grew into an interest in researching education. She now works as a research assistant while completing her degree in educational leadership and policy. Her research interests include studying approaches to teaching art history that instill creative confidence and identity in students. She has also published and presented research related to skills that art history offers, such as visual and digital literacy. She currently serves on the graduate student council of the American Educational Researchers Association. Alysha.friesen [at] gmail [dot] com

Karen Shelby is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR). She is a Associate Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. She specializes in 19th c. European Art, 20th c. European and American Art, and Asian Art of southeast Asia and also teaches courses in the Art Market and Museum and Gallery Studies. She publishes on visual culture and the Great War. In 2015 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent supported by a Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art. karen.shelby [at] gmail [dot] com

Virginia B. Spivey is an independent art historian and educator based in Washington DC. She received her A.B. in art history from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in art history and museum studies from the joint program at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. After 15 years teaching in museum and higher education settings, she started her own business providing expert content, curriculum and program development, and project management of initiatives to improve teaching and learning in art history, while teaching part-time in the DC region. Her scholarship, which explores intersections of dance, gender, and visual art of the 1960s, has appeared in Woman’s Art Journal and Dance Research Journal although her more recent work as a frequent contributor to Smarthistory.org and contributing author to Stokstad’s Art History (6th edition) is geared toward general audiences. She is a co-founding editor of Art History Pedagogy and Practice and speaks widely on pedagogical topics in art history.  She currently serves as chair of the College Art Association’s Education Committee, on the Educational Advisory Committee of the Digital Public Library of America, and on the Board of Trustees at Evergreen Montessori School in Silver Spring, Maryland.  virginia.spivey [at] gmail [dot] com

Kathleen Wentrack, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Design at the City University of New York, Queensborough Community College. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Kathleen leads the Collaborative Assignments and Projects High Impact Practice at Queensborough and has been actively involved in pedagogical initiatives at the College. Kathleen’s most recent publications include “1970s Feminist Practice as Heterotopian: The Stichting Vrouwen in de Beeldende Kunst and the Schule für kreativen Feminismus,” in All Women Art Spaces in the Long 1970s published by Liverpool University Press in 2018 and “Part 2: The Diversity of Feminisms in an OER: The n.paradoxa MOOC.” In: “MOOCs 2.0: Reviewing n.paradoxa’s MOOC on Contemporary Art and Feminism.” Art History Pedagogy & Practice 2,(2). She is editing a forthcoming anthology on women’s art collectives in the United States entitled Collaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women’s Art Collectives and writing a monograph on the work of Ulrike Rosenbach. She has presented at conferences in the United States and Europe, on feminist art and art history pedagogy. Kathleen has served on the Committee on Women in Art of the College Art Association and is Co-Coordinator of The Feminist Art Project in New York.

Mary “Franny” Zawadzki is an online Instructional Assistant Professor and Online Coordinator in the Visualization Department at Texas A&M — College Station. She holds a Master’s Degree in 19th century European Art from Hunter College, CUNY and a Ph. D. in 19th century American Art from The Graduate Center, CUNY. She specializes in illustration and the printed image, printing technology, and 19th century art and aesthetic education within public schools and the domestic interior. She is pursuing a Learning Technology certificate through Texas A&M and Quality Matters certification for higher education. In addition to online learning pedagogy, she is interested in experiential learning through the “gamification” of the classroom. From Reacting to the Past role playing games, to board games and card games, she uses play pedagogy to help students engage in primary source material and visual culture, and to develop the practical skills they need to be successful in college and in their future employment. She currently serves as the coordinator for Reacting to the Past for Texas A&M and is developing her own RTTP game. Maryfranceszawadzki [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Founders

The site was founded in 2011 by Michelle Millar Fisher and Karen Shelby—both products of the CUNY Graduate Teaching Fellows program. Contact them at info@arthistoryTR.org.

Michelle Millar Fisher  is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is currently The Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where her next exhibition will engage design futures. She has long been interested in the confluence of gender and design, the subject of an independent co-organized exhibition and co-published book, I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment (January 2018), in conjunction with muca-Roma, Mexico City. From 2014-2018 she was a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she co-organized, amongst others, the exhibitions Design and Violence, This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, From the Collection, 1960-1969 and, most recently, the 2017 exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? and the accompanying catalogue. Previously, she worked at the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She frequently lectures at conferences and symposia. michellemillarfisher [at] gmail [dot] com

Karen Shelby is a co-founder and Dean of Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR). She is a Associate Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. She specializes in 19th c. European Art, 20th c. European and American Art, and Asian Art of southeast Asia and also teaches courses in the Art Market and Museum and Gallery Studies. She publishes on visual culture and the Great War. In 2015 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent supported by a Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art. karen.shelby [at] gmail [dot] com