Alyssa Myers is a recent MA graduate from the V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. She specializes in 17th and 18th-century decorative arts, ceramics and interiors - which can clearly be seen in her MA dissertation: 'My first and last thought is, how it will look: Dining in the Eighteenth-Century British Country House. She earned her bachelor's degree in art history, with a minor in french, from the University of Texas at Arlington. While it was a more traditional art history programme, Alyssa was able to explore her interest in decorative arts through a paper on quattrocento maiolica as well as on a paper analyzing the interior elements of a Mughal miniature painting. She has a passion for bringing art and design history to everyone which can be demonstrated through the design history blog for a non-academic audience that she co-created, Out of Touch, Out of Time. She has several years of museum experience working as a gallery attendant at the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Texas and through her time at the V&A. She is an experienced researcher and cataloguer and has presented her research on formal dining in the eighteenth-century British country house at international conferences, workshops and research forums.
Alyssa is an active member in the Association of Historians of American Art, the American Ceramic Circle, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the English Ceramic Circle, the French Porcelain Society, the Furniture History Society, and the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture. She is also an emerging scholar with the French Porcelain Society's Emerging Scholars Programme.
Alyssa is currently reading The Beau Monde by Dr. Hannah Greig and Ceramic: Art and Civilisation by Paul Greenhalgh.
Image: A Dinner Party, Marcellus Laroon the Younger, ca. 1719-1725, oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020