The mission of A Scholarly Skater Art History is to make historical art and architecture accessible to those without formal training in the field.
I’m Alexandra Kiely, an art historian from the United States. Welcome to my website!
I have a B.A. with honors in art history (Drew University, class of 2012), as well as a wholehearted belief that looking at art can enrich everyone’s life. To me, enjoying the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get, only it’s much safer. It also helps us to see the world through other people’s eyes – a type of empathy and understanding we could all use a bit more of these days. After discovering how many people around me feel confused or intimidated by art, I’ve made it my mission to demystify art history’s complexities without dumbing them down.
Making and appreciating visual art are innate parts of human nature, and our early ancestors have used images long before they even used writing. Therefore, it makes me sad to hear from so many people, including highly-intelligent and well-educated professionals, who feel perplexed by fine art and intimidated in art museums. It doesn’t have to be this way.
I founded A Scholarly Skater in 2013, and the website currently hosts over 400 articles that share my love of art and make art history concepts accessible to people of all backgrounds. In 2022, I expanded into online learning and currently offer three courses.
I have been a regular contributor to DailyArt Magazine and The Collector, and my work has also appeared on Art Herstory, Artips, Citaliarestauro, the Questroyal Fine Art blog, HeadStuff, and Jo’s Art History Podcast, among others. My areas of specialty are American art and medieval art and architecture. The name of my website and company comes from my life-long pursuit of figure skating.
I’ve followed [Alexandra Kiely’s] blog for years now, and I can tell you, she knows what she’s talking about.Longtime reader Belinda O.
I love the way that you wear your knowledge lightly, and emphasize the accessibility (and relevance) of art to everyone.Art books editor and Art Herstory founder Erika Gaffney
I’m always glad to hear from fellow art lovers! To get in touch with me, comment on any post or email me via the envelope icon below.