John Witty studies early Italian Renaissance art under the supervision of Dr. Jean Campbell. Originally from Miami, FL, John graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking, completing additional majors in German and Art History. Upon graduation he was awarded the Mark S. Weil prize for distinction in Art History and Museum Practice. In 2013 he attained a masters degree from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, writing a thesis on Pisanello’s preparatory drawing techniques for large-scale mural cycles. John continues to explore the intersection of materials, practice, and meaning with a focus on fourteenth-century Venetian painting.
Desiring to learn as much as possible about the interpretive practices of Art History, John has worked as a curatorial intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. While at the National Gallery, John assisted the paper conservation department on a technical study of a page from the album that once showcased Giorgio Vasari’s collection of drawings. The study culminated with a co-written article in the inaugural 2013 publication of the conservation journal Facture and a panel presentation at Harvard University’s Vasari 500 symposium in 2011. In 2015 John was awarded the Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Object-Centered Curatorial Research by Emory’s Art History Department. The resulting curatorial project focuses on a series of eight panels attributed to Lorenzo Costa in the Kress Collection of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Always interested in adding an experiential dimension to his study of Art History, John completed over four hundred miles of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in the summer of 2012.