Nancy Schnarr

M.A. (UVic)


Areas of research:

  • Italian Renaissance painting


How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
I ended up in communications at an arts organization outside the visual art world and I think that I have thrived in this role because of my critical thinking and writing skills, developed during my Master's degree. I also believe that although music is an art form outside of my expertise, we can speak and write about art and artists in a similar way across all disciplines, so I would also credit my ability to speak about composers and musicians as artists to the skills developed at UVic.


Brief Biography
I began my university career at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, completing a degree in History and English with a strong focus on Art History done in conjunction with my work in History. At the time I was working with Dr. Sharon Gregory, and her love of the Italian Renaissance brought out my own love of the work from that time, eventually leading me to move to Victoria to pursue my Master's Degree at UVic, specializing in Italian Renaissance painting. The best part about working in History in Art is the opportunity to use the images as primary sources - not just as a starting point but as real evidence. Since graduating from UVic in 2009 I have been working in the arts in Southwestern Ontario, first at The Clay & Glass Gallery as an Administrative Assistant and Curatorial Assistant where I had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the runni! ng of a gallery and be involved in exhibitions and curatorial activities, including the writing of didactic materials. In 2010, I researched and wrote an article for the exhibition catalogue for the Glass Factor Exhibition (attached below). In 2011 I switched gears and became the Marketing and Audience Engagement Coordinator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Since then, I have grown in my role and become the Communications Manager, responsible for all internal and external communications at KWS, which encompasses everything from press releases and speaking notes to grant applications and house programs.

Outside of the world of work, I live in the small town of Elmira, just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo. I still have a strong tie to The Clay & Glass Gallery and volunteer my time there. I also spend time doing yoga and planning trips to far-off places - Australia is next on the list!


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