Art Historian, Educator, Tour Guide Emily Sacharis an art historian, educator, and public speaker who works with students in an array of settings, from educational institutions to Upstate New York prisons. She is on the faculty of New York University, the State University of New York 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, all the while deploying an oversized 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 or party 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 developer. In 2004, 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 who is a senior guide and art educator at the Brooklyn Museum, a docent at Olana, and a former docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has led more than 835 art tours in the past 15 years and has lived in New York City for 36 years.
Madame Charpentier and her Children, Pierre-August Renoir, 1878, Metropolitan Museum of Art