Dr Susan May
Senior Lecturer, History of Art and Design
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Based at Birmingham School of Art, Sue currently teaches on BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Fine Art, MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices, MA Arts and Education Practices, MA Arts and Project Management, MA Contemporary Arts China, and supervises doctoral research. She leads History and Education in Art and Design (HEAD), a sub-group of the research cluster Art Activisms.
Sue’s early career as a linguistic secretary and PA changed direction following the birth of her children and a Masters course in the History of Art and Design. Her MA dissertation on the trecento Chapterhouse frescoes of Santa Maria Novella, Florence (1996) paved the way for doctoral study. Sue’s PhD thesis, on the iconographical programme of the Piccolomini Library, Siena (2006), was supervised by the late Prof George T Noszlopy, alumnus of Eötvös Lóránd University (Budapest) and Courtauld Institute of Art, and Dr. David Hemsoll, University of Birmingham. Having benefited from intellectual investment from many quarters, academic support and research council funding, she is committed to sharing that fortune by fostering optimum personal achievement in her students at all levels.
Sue has taught history of art and design and contextual studies for the Workers’ Educational Association, the Open University, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University, covering research methods, western art and architecture, the Italian and northern European renaissance, and British and French visual culture from 1800-1920.