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Ms Mary Costello

Peninsula Arts Exhibition Co-ordinator

The Arts Institute (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Exhibitions Co-ordinator, The Arts Institute

Associate Lecturer, Art History and Anthropology


BA (Hons) Art History, University of Plymouth
MRes Art History (Distinction), University of Plymouth

Professional membership

Association of Art Historians

Teaching interests

UoP Modules I have taught:

ARHI 113/125: Introduction to Art History

ARHI 114: Continuity and Change

ARHI 123: Museum Fieldwork (I)

ARHI 126/407: Late 19th-Century French Art / Modernity and Modernisms

ANTH 406: Humans, Art, Design & Objects

ARHI 412: Image of the Artist

ARHI 217/512/617: Art and Gender

ARHI 230/330: European Art 1750-1800

ARHI 232/335/504/611: The Interdisciplinary City

ARHI 237/341: Collecting and Exhibiting Cultures in the 19th and 20th Centuries

ARHI 306: Dissertation 2

ARHI 315: Theories and Methods

ARHI 510/612: Art After 1950

Research interests

Viennese Modernism, the reception of non-Western culture in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Museums and Ethnography, Curating.

Grants & contracts

AHRC funding for MRes: 2008-2009

AHRC funding for PhD: 2009-2011


'Artist Biographies' in Blackshaw, G (ed.), Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, London: National Gallery Company in association with Yale University Press, 2013

'Adolf Loos’s Kärntner Bar: Reception, Reinvention, Reproduction', in Ashby, C., T. Gronberg and S. Shaw-Miller (eds), The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture, London: Berghahn Books, 2013, pp.138-157

Reports & invited lectures

Conference Paper: 'An alternative to the café: the Loos Bar (1908) and its reproduction in Trinity College, Dublin (1986)', at The Viennese Café as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange, V&A and RCA, 17-18 October 2008

Lecture: 'Re-imagining the American Bar', RIBA, 29 March 2011

Other academic activities

Exhibitions Co-ordinator, The Levinsky Gallery (full time) and Associate Lecturer (Art History and Anthropology) part time