Gwen Farrelly leads RISD Global, guiding, supporting and overseeing the college’s academic internationalization and global engagements through the development of global programs and partnerships, hub sites, multiyear initiatives and international relations.
Prior to joining RISD, Farrelly was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, including exchange programs, publications and seminars.
Farrelly holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College in Dublin. Her PhD research at the Graduate Center, CUNY, focuses on postwar art in a global context. She has served on the International Committee for the College Art Association and International Council of Art 21, and is a member of AICAD’s Connectivity and Internationalization Committee.
In addition to teaching courses that address global art history, Farrelly actively presents on the topic at international conferences, and has chaired and co-chaired many conference panels addressing art history and globalism. She is currently co-authoring an extensive publication on the historiography of global art histories (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).