Biography: Audrey Whitty
Audrey Whitty joined the Museum in 2013 as the curator of European and Asian glass. She is responsible for managing the Museum’s extensive European glass collection, and additionally, the Museum’s Asian glass collection.
Prior to joining the Museum, Whitty was curator of the Art and Industrial division of the National Museum of Ireland from 2001-2013, where she oversaw the ceramics, glass and Asian applied arts collections. An advocate for contemporary glass and ceramics in Ireland, Whitty works on programs and exhibits with the Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish applied artists. She was the first female representative for Ireland to be appointed to UNESCO’s International Academy of Ceramics.
Whitty is also a board member of the Irish Association of Art Historians, and has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in Ireland. She lectures and publishes widely on Asian and historical and contemporary European art and craft.
Whitty holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in art history. She obtained her M.A. in archaeology and her B.A. in archaeology and history from University College Dublin (constituent university of the National University of Ireland).