Audrey Florey selected for Smithsonian American Art Museum fellowship

Audrey Florey

Aug. 15, 2023

Audrey Florey, a doctoral candidate in the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science School of Visual Studies, was recently selected for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) Toward Equity in Publishing program. During her program, Florey will learn about the intricacies of the scholarly publication process while revising a manuscript for submission.  

SAAM’s professional development and mentorship program offers early-career art historians critical support, including expert editing, writing, and publishing advice. The program is part of SAAM’s equity and diversity initiative to increase publication acceptance rates. Florey’s application featured an essay from her dissertation, focusing on American art at the turn of the twentieth century, specifically on women’s use of interdisciplinary arts practices that are socially engaged.

“Many American women artists utilized art education as a professional artistic avenue while influencing and diversifying the modern American art canon,” said Florey, a former public high school art teacher who received a Master of Arts degree in art history and archaeology from Mizzou in 2020. “My research explores the work of three women artist-educators (those who practice art and teach it) from racially, ethnically, and artistically disparate backgrounds.” 

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