Beth Susan Gersh-Nesic is the director of the New York Arts Exchange, an arts education service which offers tours, lectures and workshops in various venues, including museums, galleries, artists' studios and arts organizations.
Beth has taught art history at Purchase College since 1997 and Mercy College since 1995. She also teaches translation from French to English at Manhattanville College. In the past, Beth taught at New York University, Simmons College, Rhode Island College and Hartwick College. Beth has lectured and led art tours through the New York Arts Exchange since 2003. In April 2010, Beth will offer a tour of small museums in Paris through Cultural Study Abroad.
Beth earned her doctorate in art history from the City University of New York's Graduate Center and her MA and BA from Binghamton University. She took courses from John Rewald, Milton Brown, Linda Nochlin, Jack Flam and Rose-Carol Washton Long at the Graduate Center and James Marrow, Albert Boime, Kenneth Lindsay and Stanley Ferber at Binghamton University. Her master's thesis explored rhetorical gesture in 17th century Dutch portraiture. Her dissertation on Picasso's friend, the art critic and poet André Salmon, was completed under the supervision of Rose-Carol Washton Long.
Beth continues to write about and translate Salmon's art criticism in collaboration with Jacqueline Gojard, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris (Sorbonne III) and executor of André Salmon's literary estate. You may read their work at the André Salmon website.
Art provides the opportunity to marvel at another way of perceiving this world and beyond. It is a mirror that we hold up to ourselves in order to better understand ourselves, as individuals and as communities, and it is a telescope into our inner souls. As an art historian, I try to explain its visual language, explore this language with others, and translate the work of my fellow-art historians for those who are new to the field. Above all, I love to emphasize the "story" in art history to entertain my students and myself.