PhD, Princeton University
MA, Princeton University
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Cornell University
Professor Spratt is the lead art and technology faculty within Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, MA programs. She completed her doctorate in Byzantine and Venetian Renaissance art history at Princeton University, her post-doctorate in art and computer vision science in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, and has executive training from the Harvard Business School. Her expertise ranges from the art and architecture of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean world to the uses of artificial intelligence and digital ledger technologies in the visual arts and the art market. With a career founded inside and outside of academia, Professor Spratt has taught at Masaryk University, The Cooper Union, Rutgers University, and the universities from where she holds degrees, and also has experience working in the arts and culture, entertainment, and high technology industries. She has served as a consultant for international companies such as the Campari Group and L'Arpège, and is the former strategic advisor of Artory, which she helped pivot into a Blockchain-based art market company.
In relation to her research on art and emerging technologies, Professor Spratt was an expert consultant on Fellini Forward, an AI-inspired film that premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime Video. In 2019, Professor Spratt was invited to curate the President Emmanuel Macron-sponsored exhibition Au-delà du Terroir, Beyond AI Art at the Institut de France, Quai Conti, in Paris for the Global Forum on AI for Humanity. Two years earlier, she curated the first exhibition on AI utilizing deep learning techniques with AICAN in "Unhuman: Art in the Age of AI" in Los Angeles and Frankfurt, which was showcased on CBS News. One of Professor Spratt's most interesting projects to date was an artistic collaboration with the French chef Alain Passard titled "Gastronomic Algorithms," in which they utilized Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to create Michelin Plate-based portraits in the manner of the Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. In relation to these subjects, Professor Spratt is writing a book on the uses of AI techniques in the arts and the ethical implications of burgeoning image-based technologies.
As a fellow and high technology advisor at The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, Professor Spratt organized with her colleagues the symposium Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts, for which she delivered the keynote address. Professor Spratt also has work experience with the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the Benaki Museum, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, and ICOMOS. For the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), she was the honorary guest editor for the special magazine issue on computers and art. In addition, she is a member of the digital/multimedia advisory committee of the Renaissance Society of America, a member of the advisory board of the Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI), a board director of the tech accelerator Exponential Impact, an advisor to Iconem, a member of the PDWG steering committee for the Office of the Dean of the Princeton Graduate School, and an advisor for Ethical Tech at Duke University. Professor Spratt has also been an advisor for the Defense Innovation Accelerator, which is part of the National Security Innovation Network, and was an expert panelist on AI for the New York Academy of Sciences. She is on the ICOMOS committee readdressing the principles for the recording of cultural heritage sites and monuments for UNESCO, and is on IEEE Standards Association committees related to cybersecurity and ethically aligned design for the arts. Professor Spratt is also a strategic advisor for early-stage AI and blockchain-based companies related to images, and is a jury member for the FWA Awards.
In addition, Professor Spratt has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the Onassis Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and the Frick Collection. At Princeton, she was a Stanley J. Seeger fellow in Hellenic Studies and a fellow in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; at UCLA, she held the President’s Fellowship. In 2021, Professor Spratt received the community-nominated research award from the Montreal AI Ethics Institute.