About me

Email

nosullivan18@gmail.com

Bio

Professor Emerita of Visual Culture (National College of Art and Design, Ireland)
Founding Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
M.A., University College London
Ph.D. University College Dublin
Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland

Areas of expertise

Art Historian:
Special interests include nineteenth-century Irish, and Irish-American art; social history of art; the teaching of art history
Curator:
Daniel Macdonald: Pennings and Pencillings (2019), Gorry Gallery, Dublin
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger (2018), Dublin Castle
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger (2018), Uilinn, West Cork Art Centre
In the Lion’s Den: Daniel Macdonald, Ireland and Empire, (2016), Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Inaugural exhibition, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, (2012)
Re-orientations, Aloysius O’Kelly: Painting, Politics and Popular Culture (1999–2000), Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin
The Eyes of a Child (Ireland’s exhibition for the Year of the Child) (1979), National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Member Details

Full Name

Niamh O'Sullivan

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Education

PhD: University College Dublin (National University of Ireland) 2000
MA: University College London (University of London) 1976
BA: University College Dublin (National University of Ireland) 1973

Employment

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT
Consultant Curator (2012-2018)
National College of Art and Design (1980–2011)
Professor/Chair of Visual Culture (from 2006)
Arts Administration Studies, University College Dublin (2000-1)
Director (on secondment)
Irish Museums Trust, Dublin, Executive Director (1986-7)
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Education Officer (1977-80)

Consultancy work

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT; The Irish Times; National Gallery of Ireland; University College Dublin; National University of Ireland; Irish Museums Trust; Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art; National University of Ireland, Galway.

Management & Administrative experience

Professor and Head of Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design

Teaching

Taught all levels for primary degree to PhD, National College of Art and Design
Taught primary and second level students while working in education in the National Gallery of Ireland

Committees & Associations

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, Board Member (2013-2018)
International Network of Irish Famine Studies, Advisory Board (2013-)
Irish Art and Architecture, Vol 5, Royal Irish Academy, Advisory Board (2010-2014)
Irish Museums Trust, Director (2007-)
National College of Art and Design, board member (2006-2009)
Irish Film Institute:
Chairperson (1992-1997)
Chairperson and Executive Director (1993-1994)
Board member (1980-94)
Government Working Party on Film, Committee Member (1992)
CIRCA Art Magazine, Director and Editorial Board Member (1990-2003)
Identity and Communication: Museum Education in a Changing Europe, International Steering Committee, Edinburgh, Committee Member (1992-93)
Arts Administration Studies, University College Dublin, Course Development Committee Member (1982-87)
Junior Dublin Film Festival, Founding Member and Director (1990-2001)
Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, Founding Member and Vice-chairperson (1986-91)
Co-ordinating Committee, National Cultural Institutions (1977-80)
Visual Arts Society, University College Dublin, Founding Member (1972-3).

Awards

2015 Famine Folios, American Alliance of Museums, Publications Award (1st prize)
2016 Famine Folios American Alliance of Museums, Publications Award (2nd prize)
2017 Famine Folios, New England Arts Council, Publications Award (1st prize)
2017 Mellon Curatorial Grant
2013 Study Bursary, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2007 Allied Irish Bank: publication grant
2006 National University of Ireland: publications award
2003 The Irish American Cultural Institute: ‘Award for Outstanding Scholarship’
1998 The Irish American Cultural Institute: ‘Award for Pioneering Irish-American Scholarship’
1979 Honorary Citizen, Quincy, MA
1979 American State Department: study tour of American museum education departments
1971 Italian Government Scholarship: University of Florence.

Publications

Books

Daniel Macdonald: Pennings and Pencillings, Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 2019
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger (ed), Quinnipiac University Press, 2018
In the Lion’s Den: Daniel Macdonald, Ireland and Empire, 2016
The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger, Quinnipiac University Press, 2014
Aloysius O’Kelly: Art, Nation, Empire, Field Day, 2010
Re-orientations. Aloysius O’Kelly: Painting, Politics and Popular Culture, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 2000
Irlande, La Vie Culturelle, Le Centre de Recherches Historiques, University of Louvain, 1989
Children’s Art Catalogue (ed), Rosc, Exhibition of Contemporary International Art, 1984.

Book Chapters

‘The Bond that Knit the Peasant to the Soil: Rural Lore and Superstition in the Work of Daniel Macdonald’, in Marguérite Corporaal, Oona Frawley and Emily Mark Fitzgerald, The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Cultures, Liverpool University Press, 2018, 24-48
‘The Raft of the Medusa’, in Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless (eds.),Visual, Material and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Dublin, 2010
‘Reading between the Lines’, in Maureen O’Connor (ed), Back to the Future of Irish Studies, Bern, 2010, 135-152
‘‘The Iron Cage of Femininity’, in Timothy P. Foley and Sean Ryder (eds), Ideology and Ireland in the Nineteenth-Century, Dublin, 1998, 181–196

Peer Reviewed Journals

With Angela Bourke, ‘A Fairy Legend, a Friendship, a Painting: Thomas Crofton Croker, James McDaniel, and Daniel Macdonald’s Sídhe Gaoithe/The Fairy Blast’, Eire-Ireland, Vol. 11, 3-4, Fall-Winter, 2016
‘Terror and Hunger, Disease and Death: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’, Museum Ireland, Vol 24, 2014, 63-73
‘”All native, all our own and all a fact”: John Mulvany and the Irish American Dream’, Field Day Review 7, 2011
‘Mass in a Connemara Cabin: Religion and the Politics of Painting’, Éire–Ireland 40:1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2005, 126–139
‘Imaging the Land War’, Éire-Ireland 39:3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2004, 100-132
Visual Identity, Special issue, CIRCA Art Magazine, spring 2004
The Priest and the People: Mass in a Connemara Cabin’ in From the edge: art and design in twentieth-century Ireland, a CIRCA special, summer 2000, 16-18
‘Lines of Resistance, the O’Kelly Brothers in the Sudan’, Eire-Ireland 34:3, Fall 1999, 131-157

Other Journals

‘Daniel Macdonald: Pennings and Pencillings’, Irish Arts Review, Spring 2019
‘The Nightmare of Irish History Still Seeking Artistic Frame’, Irish Times, 24 February 2018
‘Painting a Catastrophic Victory’, History Ireland, No. 2 (March/April 2014), Vol. 22
‘The Battle of Clontarf’, The Irish Times, 23 March 2013
‘Scary Tales of New York: Life in the Irish Slums’, The Irish Times, 23 March 2013
‘Manet’s World’, The Irish Times, 18 March 2013
‘Lines of Sorrow: Representing Ireland’s Great Hunger’, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, September 2012
‘The Great Irish painting that turned up on eBay’, Irish Times, 2 October 2010
The Lost Patriot’s Portrait’, The Irish Times, 13 September 2003
‘The Mystery of the Lost Painting’, The Irish Times, 2 November 2002
‘Painters and Illustrators: Aloysius O’Kelly and Vincent van Gogh’, Irish Arts Review 14, 1998, 134-139.
‘Seen and Not Herded’, CIRCA Art Magazine, 1997
‘Dialogue: Artists and Schools’, CIRCA Art Magazine no. 49, January/February 1990
‘Learning about Art’, The Irish Times, 3 May 1982
‘The One True Moral Picture: Guernica Goes Home’, Sunday Tribune, 18 October 1981
‘The Great Hugh Lane Controversy’, Parts 1 & 2, Sunday Tribune, 25 January & 1 February 1981

Reviews

‘Four irreconcilable perspectives on the Famine: The Great Irish Famine – A History in Four Lives’, The Irish Times, 13 September 2013
‘Edward Hopper: Always on the Verge of Telling the Story of America’, The Irish Times, 26 November 2012
‘The American Sublime’, CIRCA Art Magazine, Summer 2002
‘Imogen Stuart’, Irish Literary Supplement, Irish Studies, Boston College, 2002
‘Sources in Irish Art,’ CIRCA Art Magazine, Spring 2001
‘Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraiture’, The Irish Times, 9 January 1999
‘Shock Barriers: Alanna O’Kelly at the Project’, Sunday Tribune, 10 May 1981
‘Beit On!: Beit Collection at the National Gallery’, Sunday Tribune, 8 February 1981
‘Dissolving Barriers: The Edward Kienholz Retrospective’, Sunday Tribune, 18 January 1981