Ph.D. candidate Art History
University of Florida
Amy Schwartzott specializes in arts from outside the western tradition with an emphasis on contemporary African art. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, where she studied under the direction of Victoria Rovine and Robin Poynor. She will defend her dissertation, Weapons and Refuse as Media: the Potent Politics of Recycling in Mozambican Urban Arts,in spring 2013. Schwartzott’s dissertation explores Mozambican artists’ use of diverse recycled materials as media, largely focusing on Mozambique’s Transformaçao de Armas em Enxada/Transforming Arms into Plowshares (TAE) project, which she has written extensively about.
Schwartzott has been conducting research on African artists since 2007, and recently completed a Centre for Conflict Studies Fellowship (2011-2012). She received two Fulbright awards based on her research, one of which, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA, funded intensive research in Mozambique for 15 months in 2010-2011. She previously received funding for a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute exploring Native American arts and literature.
Prior to her arrival at Coastal Carolina University, Schwartzott taught at the University of Florida, Canisius College, Buffalo State College, and the Wyoming Correctional Facility, where she taught art history classes to inmates. She has been invited to participate in the yearly AP art history reading since 2003.
Schwartzott has contributed in several curatorial projects, including serving as a consultant to the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique’s exhibition, A Vitalidade da Arte Mocambicana/The Vitality of Mozambican Arts, exhibition curator ofSenegalese Reverse Glass Paintings: Strength and Fragility: A Unique Vision, at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, as well as serving as Assistant Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art.
Schwartzott’s ongoing research has been published in the edited volume, People Building Peace 2.0 (GPPAC, 2011), and in Portuguese in Culturas Lusofonas: A Reader/Lusophone Cultures: A Reader (Atlantico Book Importers Inc., 2011). Schwartzott’s work will be published in the forthcoming Representations of Reconciliation: Art and Trauma in Africa, (I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2012) and Dialogues with Mozambique: Interdisciplinary Reflections, Readings and Approaches on Mozambican Studies. (Brill Publishers, 2013).