Art Historian, Educator, Tour Guide Emily Sacharis an MA art historian, educator, and public speaker who works with students in an array of settings, from educational institutions to Upstate New York prisons. She has held faculty appointments in art history at New York University, the State University of New York, Bard College, and the New York Academy of Art. Emily is intimately familiar with the holdings, exhibition schedules and layouts of all of New York City’s art museums and can speed you to the art you most want to see.
Why are Emily's tours unique? Emily engages you with wit, stories, bios, and insights. Emily is a professional educator. And Emily doesn't yap a string of facts at you while your eyes glaze over. She leads you to the heart of the art with story-telling and conversation, deploying an iPad to augment your tour with videos, maps, and photos. Even with young kids, and especially with appreciative adults, Emily will share sharp insights and socio-political context that makes the art on view feel even more alive and meaningful. Emily sees beauty in the details and she does sweat the small stuff -- so your tour will come off without a hitch.
What's Emily's background? Emily graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and American history. After working for 20 years as an award-winning journalist, columnist and book author, Emily entered the corporate world as a digital product manager. In 2004, she became a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked until 2008. And she returned to school to study art history, earning her masters degree at Hunter College/The City University of New York.
Today, Emily is an independent scholar, a contract guide and art educator at the Brooklyn Museum, a docent at Olana State Historic Site, and a former docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has led more than 600 art tours in the past 15 years and has lived in New York City for 36 years.