Dr. Audrey Whitty has been Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), National Museum of Ireland since January 2015. Prior to this, she was Curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York (2013 – 2014) and Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland (2001 to 2013). A graduate in History & Archaeology and postgraduate in Archaeology of University College, Dublin, she has a doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin in History of Art as a result of her thesis, ‘The Albert Bender (1866-1941) Donations of Far Eastern Art to the National Museum of Ireland in the context of his Cultural Interests in Ireland and California’.
She has authored over sixty publications and lectured to institutions such as the Sorbonne, Paris; Trinity College, Dublin; Art Institute of Chicago; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; the Irish-Chinese Cultural Society; New York Metropolitan Glass Club; University College Dublin; Museum of Glass, Washington; National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She is author of The Albert Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland.