Cultural critic and arts writer
Literature librarian in an academic library. Researching the archival and literary representation of J Lyons & Co.’s teashops and Corner Houses. Also interested in pamphlets, zines and fanzines.
I am the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture with the Harvard Fine Arts Library. I am also a scholar of medieval Arabic popular literature. My dissertation (completed 2018) is entitled, “Wives, Witches, and Warriors: Women in Medieval Arabic Epic.”
Valerie Connor is a freelance visual arts curator and educator. She has served as Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts and was Commissioner-Curator for Ireland at the 50th Venice and 26th São Paulo international art biennials. She has served on the board and acquisitions committee of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and was the Visual Arts Adviser to the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. She contributed a contextual essay to the Twentieth Century volume of Art and Architecture of Ireland, published by the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, and co-edited Local Authority, with Dr Daniel Jewesbury, a book of critical essays on European public art commissioning strategies, published by Fingal County Council Arts Office. As part of the photography programme team within the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, she delivers modules in visual studies, curating photography, photographic practice and dissertation supervision. She is an external examiner for Limerick School of Art and Design at Limerick Institute of Technology and is currently undertaking an MSc in applied postgraduate study in online learning, having previously studied fine art at the National College of Art & Design and women’s studies at Trinity College Dublin.
I work in Academic Engagement at the University of Miami, promoting the cultural resources at the Lowe Art Museum and University Libraries for object-based learning, teaching, research, and scholarship.