Amy Meyers (Yale Ph.D., American Studies, 1985) joined the staff of the Yale Center for British Art as Director in July, 2002. Prior to her appointment she spent much of her career at research institutes, including Dumbarton Oaks; the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where she served as Curator of American Art from 1988 through 2002. Meyers also has taught at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, Mount Vernon College, and Yale. As Director of the Center, she has sought to strengthen the institution’s educational and research focus, endeavoring to promote a rigorous academic publication program in association with Yale University Press and to develop an exhibition program of the highest scholarly standards in partnership with major museums across Europe and the United States. She also has expanded the Center’s noted fellowship program; initiated the cataloguing of the collections on-line, freely accessible to all; and supported the creation of a conservation plan for the institution’s landmark building, designed by Louis I. Kahn, which has led to a series of major refurbishment projects.
Meyers is an affiliated member of the faculty of the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale. She has written extensively on the visual and material culture of natural history in the transatlantic world, serving with Pamela Smith and Hal Cook as co-editor of Ways of Making and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge, The Bard Graduate Center Cultural Histories of the Material World, No. 4 (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2014); as editor of Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia,1740 to 1840, with the assistance of Lisa Ford (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012); as co-editor, with Therese O’Malley, of The Art of Natural History: Illustrated Treatises and Botanical Paintings, 1400-1850 (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Studies in The History of Art Series, 2008); as editor of Art and Science in America: Issues of Representation (San Marino: The Huntington, 1998); and, with Margaret Pritchard, as co-editor of Empire’s Nature: Mark Catesby’s New World Vision (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998). She also has organized numerous international symposia in the field, including Curious Specimens: Enlightenment Objects, Collections, Narratives (with Luisa Calè, Michael Snodin, Margaret Powell, and Cynthia Roman; London, 2010); Ways of Making and Knowing: The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge (with Hal Cook and Pamela Smith; London, 2005); and ‘Curious in Our Way’: The Culture of Nature in Philadelphia, 1740 to 1840 (Philadelphia, 2004).