Dr. Amy Mechowski

Dr. Amy Mechowski

Freelance Art Historian and Curator.

After completing a PhD in the History of Art at UCL, Amy has worked extensively in museums and education for over 20 years

Dr. Amy Mechowski studied History of Art at University College London, including an MA in ‘Modernism and the Politics of Representation’ and a PhD on women’s self-portraiture in fin-de-siècle photography. Originally from Chicago, she is a freelance art historian, lecturer and curator, specializing in issues of sexuality and gender in 19th-century art and material culture. She spent nearly 8 years working for the Victoria and Albert Museum – first in curatorial roles across three collections departments (Asia; Word & Image; Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass), and then as Head of the V&A Academy.

She was Curator of The Garrick Club Art Collection until June of last year and now leads courses on contemporary curating for Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as the 19th century module of The National Gallery’s Stories of Art course. She was a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and made a guest appearance on the BBC Four’s Fig Leaf: The Biggest Cover-Up in History, which explored the history of the nude in Western art.

Among her most recent publications is the final chapter in Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, exploring the display and reception of 19th-century sculptures of the female nude in the V&A (Palgrave, 2019).


Whether it’s talks for individuals, small groups, or organisations, I deliver bespoke lectures on a variety of subjects related to the History of Art and curating on-site in museums and galleries as well as private and public venues. I especially excel at delivering guided tours for family and friends who are looking for a specialised and very personal tour of a museum, gallery, or exhibition during their stay in London or as special occasion gifts.


From developing skills in curating to pursue a career in museums and galleries to curating your own pop-up exhibition for the public or privately, in your own home, I provide tutoring and mentoring assistance for beginners as well as professional developers.

Private Tuition

Having assisted students who are keen amateurs and want to learn the History of Art for their own pleasure and enjoyment as well as students who are studying at BA and MA level at university and art school, I am an experienced tutor who tailors programmes of study to suit the needs and expectations of every individual learner.

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