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Beth Gersh-Nesic

Lecturer in Liberal Studies–Arts

Beth Gersh-Nesic, a lecturer at Purchase College since 1997, has also taught at New York University, Simmons College, Rhode Island College, and Manhattanville College. She is the director of the New York Arts Exchange, an arts education service which offers tours, lectures, and workshops in various venues, including museums, galleries, artists’ studios, and arts organizations. As a museum professional, she has worked at the Bannister Gallery, Grey Art Gallery, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. 

She holds a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her master’s thesis explored rhetorical gesture in 17th-century Dutch portraiture. Her dissertation on Picasso’s friend, the art critic and poet André Salmon, was completed under the supervision of Rose-Carol Washton Long.

Gersh-Nesic continues to write about and translate Salmon’s art criticism in collaboration with Jacqueline Gojard, professor emeritus at the University of Paris (Sorbonne III) and executor of André Salmon’s literary estate.