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About the Podcast

Art History for All is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of visual art by discussing how art from throughout human history is relevant to us right now. This podcast looks beyond the traditional art historical canon and considers a global history of art and material culture in a casual, conversational way. The core question we return to over and over again is essentially “so what?” Why would or should anyone care about a given work of art? What relevance does something from hundreds of years ago or thousands of miles away have to people in the here and now?

This podcast is dedicated to accessibility in the practical sense, as well, providing episode transcripts for those who find the podcasts difficult to listen to or understand in audio form, or those who want to be able to access citations and sourcing. Both audio podcasts and transcripts will include verbal descriptions of the central works discussed, for the benefit of those who cannot view them.

About Allyson Healey

Allyson Healey earned her Bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College in 2014, and earned her Master’s in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia in 2017. As an intern at Scripps’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, she assisted in the mounting of Clay’s Tectonic Shift, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition, in 2012. Along with other interns, she co-curated Archetypal Form: The Art of Performance, a small exhibition of photographs from Scripps’s permanent collections. She also co-curated Modernizing Meiji, an exhibition of Japanese prints and decorative objects, along with other students of Meiji-period Japanese art in 2013. From 2012-2013 she studied abroad at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she received a thorough grounding in art historical theory. The primary focus of Allyson’s graduate work was British art of the 18th and 19th centuries, though she undertook coursework on a variety of art historical topics, from the material culture of the Silk Road, to the 18th century excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the sculpture and architecture of ancient India. This podcast is a reflection of her current research interests, primarily the question of how identity politics and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability are evident in the art historical record or omitted from conventional art history. You can contact Allyson through the Art History for All Twitter, or via email at

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