Welcome to A Scholarly Skater! I’m Alexandra, an art historian and ice skater from the United States.
Enjoying the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get, only much safer. And I think it helps me better understand the world I live in today. I believe that looking at artwork enriches everyone, even if some people don’t realize it yet.
I graduated from college in 2012 with a B.A. in art history and started A Scholarly Skater in 2013 as a place to write about art and interact with fellow art lovers. My favorite topics are Medieval Art and American Art. I’m particularly interested in gargoyles, illuminated manuscripts, Gothic architecture, John Singer Sargent, and the Hudson River School. But I write about other things, too.
Additionally, I strive to help people feel more comfortable visiting museums and enjoying art wherever they might encounter it. In Art Appreciation 101, I give my best advice on topics like planning a museum visit and where to enjoy art for free. I also have museum reviews and guides to major styles of art and architecture.
I’ve been figure skating since I was five years old. It doesn’t play as big a role in this website as it does in the title, but it’s a big part of who I am. I also enjoy dancing, reading, cooking, sewing, and learning about all sorts of things.
I’m always glad to hear from fellow art lovers! To get in touch with me, comment on any post.
I don’t make money from this website in any way. If I recommend a book, website, museum, or anything else, it’s simply because I have enjoyed that product and think others will, too. However, I am sometimes paid to write pieces that are published elsewhere, and I may post links to those articles here. I re-publish some of my work on Medium, where I am eligible to earn money from it, but the same articles will always be available right here for free. If any of this ever changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.