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.
Beginning with episode 13, “Namatjira’s Creek,” episode topics have been chosen by using the Random Geographic Coordinate Generator on Random.org. After generating a random set of geographic coordinates, Allyson chooses the country or region nearest to those coordinates and seeks out works of art produced in that region or by someone from that region. This method is intended to keep the geographic and cultural scope of Art History for All as broad as possible, and hopefully to create a catalogue of episodes that are more representative of the art history of all humankind.
About Allyson Healey
Allyson Healey earned a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College in 2014, and a Master’s in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia in 2017. As an intern at Scripps’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Allyson assisted in the mounting of Clay’s Tectonic Shift, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition, in 2012. Along with other interns, they co-curated Archetypal Form: The Art of Performance, a small exhibition of photographs from Scripps’s permanent collections. Allyson 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 Allyson studied abroad at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where they 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 they 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.
In addition to writing, recording, and producing Art History for All, Allyson currently works at a commercial gallery in West Hollywood, California, conducting research and building a database of information for a yet-to-be-announced catalogue raisonné project. If you’d like to get in touch, you can contact Allyson through the Art History for All Twitter or Instagram, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.