Venice Biennale, American Pavilion, June 2009

Courtauld alumni of all generations have gone on to find remarkable success in any number of fields.  From their successes as museum directors, curators, academics and conservators, as well as lawyers, publishers, journalists, musicians, politicians and teachers, our graduates are proof that a Courtauld degree is excellent preparation for the future.

The film produced for the Campaign for the Courtauld features a number of Courtauld alumni discussing how their education has shaped their lives. 
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While the success stories of alumni could fill a book, examples of some of our most distinguished graduates are listed below:

Art critics and journalists

Gabriel Coxhead, Journalist, critic and curator

Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art critic and presenter

Nick Hackworth, Art critic and founder, Paradise Row

Tim Marlow, Presenter and Director of Exhibitions, White Cube

Brian Sewell, Art critic

Alastair Sooke, Art critic and presenter


Art dealers

Brian Allen, Chairman, Hazlitt Gooden and Fox

Dany Ardouin, Director, Helly Nahmad Gallery

John Austin, Director, Austin Desmond Fine Art

Charles Beddington, Director, Beddington Fine Art

Jack Bell, Founder, Jack Bell Gallery

Kristine Bell, Director and Partner, Zwirner & Wirth

Josephine Breese and Henry Little, Directors, Breese Little Gallery

Sam Chatterton Dickson, Director, Lisson Gallery

Bona Colonna Montagu, Director, Skarstedt Gallery

Elizabeth Denny, Director, Denny Gallery

Emmanuel di Donna, Director, Blain | DiDonna

Marc Domenech-Tomas, Owner, Galeria Oriol, Barcelona

John Elderfield, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Consultant, Gagosian


Jeremy Epstein, Director, Edel Assanti Gallery

Romilly Eveleigh, Director, Regina Gallery

Paula Feldman Sankoff, Director of Sales, Victoria Miro

Sam Fogg, Owner, Samuel Fogg Ltd

Michael Goedhuis, Owner, Goedhuis Contemporary

Cornelia Grassi, Director, Greengrassi

Beth Greenacre, Director, Rokeby Gallery

Gilbert Guy Lloyd, Director, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd

Will Lunn, Director, Summaria Lunn Gallery

Angus Haldane, Founder, Haldane Fine Art

Anna Harnden, Director, Tryon St Gallery

Sara Harrison, Director, Hauser & Wirth, London

James Hyman, Director, James Hyman Gallery

Stuart Lochhead, Director, Daniel Katz Ltd

Alma Luxembourg, Partner, Luxeumbourg & Dayan

Patrick Matthiesen, Director, Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd

Lucy Mitchell-Inness, Director, Mitchell-Inness & Nash

Emmanuel Moatti, Founder, Moatti Find Art

Helly Nahmad, Owner, Helly Nahmed Gallery

Flavia Ormond, Owner/Director, Flavia Ormond Fine Arts

Tania Sutton, Director, Osborne Samuel

Joanna Thornberry, Director, Lisson Gallery

Emily Tsingou, Owner, Emily Tsingou Fine Arts

Leslie Waddington, Director, Waddington Galleries

Clovis Whitfield, Owner, Whitfield Fine Art Ltd

Max Wigram, Art dealer & Director, Max Wigram Gallery


Artists and architects

Jeremy Deller, Artist, winner of 2004 Turner Prize

Giacomo Faludi, Architect (deceased)

Alan Halliday, Artist

Chris Kenny, Artist

Jeff Wall, Artist


Art historians and academics

Dawn Ades, Professor Emeritus, History & Theory of Art, University of Essex

Wendy Baron, Art Historian and Former Director, Government Art Collection

Kathy Battista, Program Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, New York

Alan Bowness, art critic, academic and former Director of Tate

Christopher Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art & Vice Principal

Creative Industries and Performing Arts, University of Edinburgh

Norman Bryson, Art historian

Malcolm Bull, Lecturer, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford

Nigel Carrington, Rector, University of the Arts London

Peter Cherry, Lecturer & Head of Art History Department, Trinity College Dublin

T J Clark, Art historian

David Cottingdon, Professor of Modern Art History, Kingston University

Ilia Doronchenkov, Chair and Professor, History of Art Department, European

University at St. Petersburg

Tamar Garb, Professor of History of Art, University College London

Cesar Guillen Nunez, Research Fellow and Art Historian, Macau Ricci Institute

Jos Hackforth-Jones, Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Charles Hope, Art Historian and Former Director, Warburg Institute

Deborah Howard, Professor of Art History, Unviersity of Cambridge

Colum Hourihane, Director, Princeton University, Index of Christian Art

Neil Jackson, Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool

Wu Jinding, Pre-eminent Chinese archaeologist (deceased)

Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College, Oxford

Holger Klein, Department Chair and Professor of Art History, Columbia University

Edward Lilley, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

Marco Livingstone, Art Historian and Curator

Lydia Matthews, Dean of Academic Programs, The New School of Design

Rupert Morrall, Chair of Academic Programmes & Professor, Bard Graduate


John Osborne, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Carleton University

Catherine Petitgas, Art Historian, lecturer and translator

Joachim Pissarro, Professor of Art History & Director of Galleries, Hunter College

Griselda Pollock, Art historian

Liz Prettejohn, Head of Department & Professor of History of Art, University of York

Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, University of London

Mary Rozell, Director, Art Business Programme, Sotheby’s Institute, New York

Patricia Rubin, Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Magda Salvesen, Adjunct Professor, New York University, and Curator of the Jon

Schueler Estate

David Solkin, Dean and Deputy Director, Courtauld Institute of Art

Mary Anne Stevens, Art History and Curator

Ann Sutherland Harris, Professor of History of Art, University of Pittsburgh

Adriana Turpin, Academic Director, Institut d’etudes superieurese des arts

Alister Warman, Principal, Byam Shaw School of Art

Jonathan Woodham, Director of the Centre for Research & Development (Faculty of

Arts), University of Bristol

Joyce Zemans, Co-Chair, Visual Arts Department, York University, Toronto


Arts organisation directors

Noah Charney, Founding Director, Association for Research into Crimes against Art

Andrew Derrick, Director, The Architectural History Practice

Stephanie Dieckvoss, Director, Art14

Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society

Heather Ewing, Executive Director, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York

Katya Garcia-Anton, Director, Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Jonathan Foyle, CEO, World Monuments Fund Britain

RoseLee Goldberg, Art historian and founder of Performa

Noah Horowitz, Managing Director, The Armory Show

Shauna Isaac, Director, Trace Looted Art

Belinda Kidd, Chief Executive, Bath Festivals

Ezra Konvitz, Founder, ArtStack

Claire Marmion, Director, AIG Art Collection Management

Chris Pensa, Founder, Love Art London

Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Executive Director, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Ruth Ur, Director of Partnerships Europe, British Council


Auction house professionals

Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Head of Restitution, Sotheby’s London

Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President & Director of Photography, Sotheby’s New York

Oliver Barker, Senior Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s London

Laura Doyle, Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers

Diana Herzog, President, RM Smythe

Alexander Kader, Director and Head of European Sculpture, Sotheby’s London

Claire McKeon, Vice-President for British, Irish and Sporting Art, Christie’s

Claude Piening, Senior Director, 19th rCentury European Paintings, Sotheby’s London

Christina Prescott-Walker, Senior Vice-President and Department Director, Chinese

Ceramic and Works of Art, Sotheby’s New York

Simon Shaw, SVP and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Sotheby’s New York

David Silcox, President, Sotheby’s Canada

Jonathan Stone, Chairman, Christie’s Asia

John Tancock, Senior Vice President, Sotheby’s New York

Aleksandra Todorovic, Director, Head of Research, Impressionist and Modern Art, Sotheby's

Juan Varez, Managing Director, Christie’s Spain


Business and law

Erica Bolton, Founding Partner, Bolton & Quinn

David Freud, Entrepreneur

Nicola Harper, Director, Pussy Home Boutique

Lorna Harrington, Director, Barrett, Corp & Harrington Ltd

Georgiana Head, Founding Director, Georgiana Head Recruitment

James McDonaugh, Owner, Art Tours Ltd

Daniel McClean, Solicitor, Withers Worldwide

Martin Randall, Director, Martin Randall Travel Ltd

Calum Sutton, Director, Calum Sutton PR


Conservation experts

Aviva Burnstock, Head of Conservation and Technology, The Courtauld

Steven Gayler, Conservator, Modern Art Conservation

Lynne Harrison, Senior Conservator, The British Museum

Narayan Khandekar, Senior Conservation Specialist, Harvard University Art Museums

Thomas Learner, Head of Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute

Sally Lescher, Director, Conservation Management Ltd

Alison Lister, Director and Principal Conservator, Textile Conservation Ltd

Ian McClure, Chief Conservator, Yale University Art Gallery

Ann-Marie Miller, Book Conservator, The British Library

Michael Alan Miller, Paintings Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator, National Galleries of Scotland

Paul Schwartzbaum, Senior Conservator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Katherine Stonor and Sharon Tager, Founders & Directors, Tager Stonor Richardson

Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate

Rachel Turnbull, Senior Collections Conservator, English Heritage


Entertainment and music industry

Simon Banner, Hollywood Film Producer

Shaun Davey, Composer

Atticus Ross, Musician, 2010 Academy Award for Original Soundtrack, The Social Network


Gallery, museum and heritage directors and senior curators

Graham Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts

Christopher Bedford, Director, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis

Bruce Boucher, Director, The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia

Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery

Christopher Brown, Former Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Katherine Bush, Head of Art Galleries, The Barbican

Richard Calvocoressi, Director, Henry Moore Foundation

Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Timothy Clifford, Former Director, National Galleries of Scotland

Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator, National Portrait Gallery

Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum, Porto

Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain

Maurice Davies, Deputy Director, Museums Association

Anne D’Harnoncourt, Former Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art (deceased)

David Elliott, Former Director, Istanbul Modern Art Museum; Artistic Director, 2010

Sydney Biennale

Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Gabriele Finaldi, Director of Conservation and Research, Museo del Prado

Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre

William Griswold, Director, The Morgan Library and Museum

Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Christoph Grunenberg, Director, Kunsthalle Bremem

Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand

Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Athalsteinn Ingolfsson, Director, Museum of Design &  Applied Art, Iceland

Nicola Kalinsky, Director, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Timothy Knox, Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Janet Landay, Executive Director, Association of American Museum Directors

Eric M. Lee, Director, The Kimbell Art Museum

John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland

Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

Simon Martin, Artistic Director, Pallant House Gallery

Ian McClure, Former Director, Hamilton Kerr Institute

David McTavish, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University Canada

Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Curator & Chairman, Art Institute of Chicago

Caroline Morley, Head of Arts Council Collections, Southbank Centre, London

Frances Morris, Head of International Collections, Tate Modern

Bera Nordal, Museum Director, The Nordic Watercolour Museum

Karsten Ohrt, Chairman, New Carlsberg Foundation; Chairman, New Carleberg


Dr Hans Ottomeyer, Director of Deutsches Historisches Museum

Ratan Parimoo, Director, LD Museum and NC Metha Gallery

Nicholas Penny, Director, National Gallery London

Matthew Rowe, Director, firstsite Contemporary Visual Arts, Colchester

William Rudolph, Chief Curator & Curator of American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art

Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick, New York

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection

Alan Shestack, Deputy Director &  Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC Centre, Newcastle

Jean Sutherland Boggs, first woman to direct a national gallery (National Gallery of


Michael Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

Matthew Teitelbaum, Director, Art Gallery of Ontario

Pierre Theberge, Director, Musee Beaux Arts de Montreal

Simon Thurley, CEO, English Heritage

Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The Courtauld Gallery

Malcolm Warner, Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum

John Wilson, Director, Timkin Museum of Art

Matthias Winner, Director, Bibliotheca Hertziana

Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation



Nancy Lee Johnson, Congresswoman from 1983-2007, Connecticut, USA

David Madden, Former British Ambassador to Greece from 1999-2004

Claire Pillman, Director, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Colin Roberts, Governor, Falkland Islands


Publishers, journalists and editors

Simon Bradley, Editor, Pevsner Architectural Guides

David Cohen, Editor/Publisher, Art Critical Online

Jacky Klein, Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson

Anael Pigeat, Chief Editor, Art Press

Cristina Ruiz, Editor, The Art Newspaper

Anthony Rushton, Founder/Art Editor of Private Eye

Robin Simon, Founding editor, British Art Journal

Anna Somers Cocks, Founder Editor, The Art Newspaper

Peifen Sung, International Editor, Harper’s Bazaar Art

Sophy Thompson, Publishing Director, Thames & Hudson

Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur & Former Director, Dahesh Museum



Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Member of the Royal Family of Jordan

Narisa Chakrabongse, Member of the Royal Family of Thailand


Anita Brookner, Booker Prize-winning novelist and art historian

Nell Dunn, Writer

Lucy Ellmann, Novelist

Lavinia Greenlaw, Poet & novelist

Alexandra Harris, Writer, winner of 2010 Guardian First Book Award

Rosemary Harris, Children’s Book Author, Carnegie Medal Winner

Nicole Krauss, Novelist

Iain Sinclair, Novelist

Giles Waterfield, Novelist and art historian

Frank Whitford, Writer & critic


Updated January 2014