Research Areas

Interdisciplinary Art History/Social History; Museum Studies; History of Arts Education; Audience Studies; Learning Assessment 


Ph.D., University of Delaware 

M.A., University of Toronto 

M.A.T., George Washington University 

Annie V.F. Storr

Annie V.F. Storr teaches both art history and education at Montserrat College of Art, having devoted her career to exploring the intersection of the two disciplines. She was Founding Chair of Education Studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.  Previously, she was head of Education Programs for the American Association of Museums, as well as Director of Arts Management at American University. Her two long-term projects combine research and practice:  1) An interdisciplinary historical study of artist/activist Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940), concerning the co-founder of Hull House in Chicago, and 2) community-based practice of her original suite of guided looking techniques, "Exercises for the Quiet Eye," in museums, schools and colleges, faith-based institutions.

Awards: Fellowship in the Arts (Sabbatical), Pendle Hill, 2014; Kress Scholar Fellowship in Museum Education, Clark Institute, MA, 2011; Corcoran Faculty Development Research Grant, 2010; Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992-1993; National Graduate Fellowship, U. S. Department of Education, 1985/6-1988; Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Year Award, 1987-1988; University Fellowship, University of Delaware, 1983-1984 and 1984-1985; Faculty Summer Seminar Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, Urbana IL, Summer 1981.

Prof. Storr was an author/contributor to Building a Nation of Learners, the first policy statement on lifelong learning and cross-disciplinary learning studies produced by the federal government.  She is a contributor to the Visual Arts Learning Standards for the District of Columbia.  She has published widely in journals of museum studies, art history and education studies.  Her essay, “T.J Cobden-Sanderson, Ellen Gates Starr, Cora C Vawter and the Hull House Book-Bindery: A Reflective Case Study of Lasting Teacher-Student Relationship Over Time,” was accepted in January 2016 for an anthology by Columbia Teachers College.

Current Projects

Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940), co-founder of Chicago’s Hull House, was active in divergent aspects of American life in the Progressive Era--social, political, religious, intellectual and artistic. Over time, her complex life story has become fragmented and distorted. Return to original sources reconnects Starr to influential institutions and movements, fill gaps, and allow me to reintegrate and contextualize her biography and her influence. 

Representative Publications

“Museums: Real Things in Real Life; A Response to Current Social Realities,” Illinois Association of Museums Quarterly, 2004 (Spring, no. 2), 1-8. 

“The Shock of Tradition: Museum Education and Humanism’s Moral Test of Artistic Experience,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, Spring 1994 (Volume 28, no. 1).