Adrienne Spinozzi '01

Spinozzi ’01 To Bring Met Expertise to Hartwick College

October 24, 2019

Fans of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City won’t have to battle traffic, find parking, or worry about the weather to experience one of the world’s most famous museums.

Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m., Adrienne Spinozzi ’01, assistant research curator in The Met’s American Wing will return to the Hartwick College campus to discuss her work at one of the world’s most famous art museums. Spinozzi’s presentation, “Building a Collection,” will be held in Anderson Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow.

Spinozzi recently co-authored “American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection,” a book that chronicles the history of ceramic art in this country through more than 300 works given to The Met by the noted collector. She is currently working on research and exhibition development for The Met’s upcoming show, “Stories in Clay: Stoneware from Old Edgefield District, South Carolina.”

A frequent panelist and guest speaker, Spinozzi is a board member and symposium co-chair for the American Ceramic Circle, and member of several national industry committees and associations. Spinozzi has earned several fellowships and grants during her career, and also served as a teaching assistant at the New York School of Interior Design.

During her return to campus, she will also meet with art history and English majors. In February, 2020, Spinozzi will host Hartwick alumni for a private tour of the Ellison Collection at The Met.

“We are very excited to have Adrienne come back to the campus to inspire our current students with the story of her journey to working at The Met,” said Professor of Art History Elizabeth Ayer. “Adrienne’s time at Hartwick combined strong academics with athletic determination, as she was also the captain of the lacrosse team.”

After graduating from Hartwick with a dual degree in art history and English (with a minor in ceramics), Spinozzi served as a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea, studying traditional ceramic techniques and teaching English. In 2006, Spinozzi earned her M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from Bard Graduate Center.

To reserve your space for the Colloquium, RSVP at

For more information on the Colloquium or February Met event, contact Major Gifts Officer Susanne Jones ’95 at 607-431-4432 or