Meet Our Guides
The Art Smart Team
Art Smart’s art guides are primarily graduate-level art historians from top New York universities who have their fingers on the pulse of the art world. They are up on the latest exhibitions, critical reviews, and historical research. Our art guides are chosen for their passion, personality, and charm as well as for the depth and breadth of their art knowledge.
Unlike most of our competitors, our guides are not docents, artists, or actors working from a script. Each and everyone is a professional art historian. Yet we keep it engaging and the conversation flowing at the right level based on the client’s preferences.
Senta earned her MA and PhD from Columbia University in ancient art and is Associate Professor in the departments of Classics & Humanities and Art & Design at Montclair State University. From 2012-2015 she served as Andrew W Mellon Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford. Senta is Contributing Editor for Western Ancient Art and the Ancient Near East for SmartHistory.org. Senta has conducted tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Frick, the Guggenheim and the MoMA as well as travel tours of the Mediterranean; she has a wide-range and an intellectual approach.
Danielle leads our American Museum of Natural History tours. She graduated from The University of Michigan. Her experiences with the Teach for America program and teaching in Harlem as a science teacher sparked her love of the field. Currently, she is pursuing a career as a physician assistant due to her love for science and dedication to helping others. Many clients find her passion for science and learning is contagious.
Joanna received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where she attended as a Thomas Lee scholar. She has published several articles, including a catalogue essay for the Courtauld Gallery’s 2010 exhibition, Michelangelo’s Dream. Although Joanna specializes in the Italian Renaissance, she has a wide range of experience, from participating in paleolithic excavations in France to teaching contemporary art courses at the university level. She is also Contributing Editor for Art History at Khan Academy, one of the world’s largest online educational resources. On top of that, she’s our most popular family guide who consistently gets rave reviews.
Mitra is an independent curator and art history scholar based in New York. She has a broad expertise in art history, with specialization in modern art, photography and the arts of the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa. Mitra has worked as a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, The California Museum of Photography and with contemporary galleries in Spain, New York, and the Los Angeles area. Additionally, she has taught art history courses at The Cooper Union, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and worked with children in arts education. She expects to receive her Art History PhD from CUNY in 2016. Her enthusiasm for art combines her passion for travel and her roots making ceramics, paintings, and photographs.
Maite graduated as an Archaeologists and Art Historian from Columbia University and received her Master’s diploma from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She specializes in Roman art and architecture and has participated in many excavation in Rome. Maite teaches Art History and History of Architecture at university level and writes for Nation Geographic Magazine. She also works as an education consultant for different museums in NY and abroad. Maite can provide foreign language art tours in Spanish and Italian (as well as English, of course).
Tina is an independent curator and art critic based in New York. She has organized exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, FLAG Art Foundation, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Venice Biennale, among other institutions, and has written for publications including Art in America, ARTNews, and Modern Painters. She is currently completing a PhD in modern and contemporary art history at CUNY. Like all of our guides, she’s completed coursework in all major areas and has taught art history in a college environment.
Judith Walsh, Founder
Judith Shupe Walsh developed Art Smart’s unique approach during her time lecturing and leading art tours for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She earned her two master’s degrees from the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University —home to one of the foremost graduate art history programs in the nation.
Walsh has lectured for The Cloisters Museum, taught art education at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and was a graduate teacher of art history for Barnard College. She also has worked as a business staff member at Sotheby’s art auction house.