Mary Vahey

Adjunct Professor

Midge Karr Fine Arts Center
Old Westbury, NY 11568


  • MA City University of New York-Queens College
  • BA University of New York -Queens College

Areas of Scholarly and Artistic Interest

  • Historian/Curator—History of Sandy Hook exhibition
  • Ansel Adams
  • El Greco
  • Crossing the Channel: English and French Landscape Paintings
  • Modigliani
  • English Romanticism in the day of Jane Austin
  • Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party
  • Highlights of the Frick Collection

Career Summary

Professor Vahey earned a BA and MA (1997) in Art History from CUNY-Queens with a thesis on etching from Rembrandt to Whistler under the mentorship of Leonard Slatkes. Her training included an internship at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. She published A Hidden History: Slavery, Abolition and the Underground Railroad on Cow Neck and Long Island (reviewed in the NY Times and the L.I. Historical Journal 1999 and 1998 respectively) while curator of the Cow Neck Historical Society. Her professional activities include Assistant to the Curator at the International Center of Photography, Assistant to the directors of the Staley-Wise Gallery. Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYIT, SUNY-Suffolk, Hofstra, L.I.U. Southampton, and Pratt Institute. Visual Resource Curator at Queen College. She was also an independent curator with the design firm Whirlwind & Company. Professor Vahey is currently teaching at two colleges as well as lecturing on current museum exhibitions and working as freelance curator on various exhibitions.

Curatorial Activities

  • The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Whirlwind & Company
  • Madison Square Garden: Great Moments in Garden History, Whirlwind & Company
  • Working Women: New York Junior League, Whirlwind & Company
  • R/GA Retrospective, Whirlwind & Company
  • History of Sandy Hook for the National Park Service, Whirlwind & Company
  • As well as numerous exhibitions at ICP, Whirlwind & Company
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