Meet the Scholarly Skater

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I’m Alexandra, a twenty-something art historian from the United States. Welcome to my blog and thanks for reading.

Art history is the closest to time travel I’m ever going to get. It allows me to experience a taste of life in far-off places and times gone by, and I think it also helps me better understand the world I live in today. I love mysteries, no matter how obscure, and I’m happy to spend endless time and energy wandering through the deep and dusty corridors of history to solve them. To me, being a scholar is about making discoveries, finding connections, forming theories, writing about them, and explaining them to others. That’s what I do here – share my research on topics that interest me, showcase art and architecture that inspires me, recommend books I’ve enjoyed, and discuss other facts and tidbits of note. My proudest accomplishment thus far is successful writing and defending an over-one-hundred-page honors thesis entitled “The role of representation: Roger Fry’s art theory” as an undergraduate, and one of my long-term goals is to write and publish a popular history of gargoyles.

In addition to my academic interests, I have been a competitive figure skater since elementary school and a competitive ballroom dancer since right after I graduated college. Although those pursuits may seem unrelated to art history, they have taught me to express myself, tell a story in a variety of forms, and to tie together the visual, physical, and verbal – all skills equally important for a performer and an art historian. They’ve also made me a disciplined, focused, well-rounded, and (hopefully) interesting person.

Since graduating college in 2012, I have been working as an independent art historian, writer, and researcher for the art world. Click here to visit my business website.


24 thoughts on “Meet the Scholarly Skater

  1. Hi Alexandra, thanks for following my art blog! It looks like we have similar interests (but not skating – the one time I was on skates I was terrified!), so I’m looking forward to delving into your blog, too.

  2. Alexandra, thanks for the follow. I took a look at your Celtic Art articles. Very nice. I was unfamiliar with the Book of Resurrection, and now I need to learn more. Thank you.

  3. Hi Alex this is artist Michael Budden writing to thank you for including my art in your post about Guy C Wiggins and paintings of NYC. I enjoy painting NY the most, especially winter scenes and thank you for shedding so light on my work.

  4. Hi there, found you from the reblog on Italian in Italy. I am a former competitive ice skater too! As someone who loves Italy, I’m looking to learn more about art history. Looking forward to more of your posts!

  5. Dear Scholarly Skater:

    Thank you so very much for the “like” of my recent piece, Patron Saint of Ireland, which was posted at First Night History. I enjoyed reading your own site.

    If you found Patron Saint interesting, please feel free to read my blog, bio or a sample chapter at The blog is a teaser for my book, Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf, now available in print and Kindle formats at


    Erik Von Norden

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