An update from Smarthistory

A new member of the team

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Naraelle Hohensee is Smarthistory’s new Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Nara combines expertise in 20th century architecture and a dedication to teaching undergraduates, with outstanding skills in storytelling and multimedia production, and we are thrilled to have her on our team.

More content, more viewers

2016 was an important year for Smarthistory. Most significantly, Smarthistory content saw 35 million views from 190 countries, an increase of 45% from 2015. Learners outside of the United States now count for 35% of views. We also added numerous videos and essays particularly on the art of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. Smarthistory, with a staff of two, now has 65,529 YouTube subscribers (surpassing all US art museums, except MoMA, which has 68,672). We are also delighted to report that high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities in nearly every state embed Smarthistory content.

Although it was not initially a goal in itself, Smarthistory has now acquired, edited, and distributed essays by more than 200 art historians, curators, and archaeologists and has become a de facto art history publisher. Smarthistory’s content is curated by its executive editors with oversight by its twenty contributing editors. All academic contributions are donations, expressing our contributors’ belief in Smarthistory’s mission—to make high-quality global art history freely available to learners around the world.

We are very grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their renewed support for content development and sustainability and to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their support of a project to create content on conservation and material technology.

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