Viccy Coltman is a Professor of eighteenth-century History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. A former head of the School of History of Art during the merger between the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art (2010-13), she has extensive leading and management experience, in addition to an international reputation for her original, archival-based research. She specialises in visual and material culture in the eighteenth century; her previous work on the reception of the antique focussed on histories of collecting ancient sculpture, while her ongoing projects consider various themes relating Scotland and identity formation, including Scots in Europe, London and Empire. To date, she has published two books, one edited book and one co-edited volume plus articles in leading journals in her field.
Viccy's first book, Fabricating the Antique, was shortlisted for a Runciman Award.
Viccy maintains an interest in classical art (which she studied at BA and MA) and in 2012 she edited and contributed to a volume Making Sense of Greek Art.
Her second monograph, Classical Sculpture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009 in the Classical Presences series.
In 2006 Viccy was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. Her work has been generously supported by grants and fellowships from the British School at Rome, the Paul Mellon Centre, the Yale Center for British Art, the Henry Moore Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg, the Huntington Library, the Whitney Humantities Centre, the North Caroliniana Society, the British Academy, CRASSH (University of Cambridge), CASVA (National gallery of Art, Washington DC) and IASH (University of Edinburgh).
She is extremely sough after as a PhD supervisor and currently has a large cohort of students working on a range of eighteenth-century topics including underwear and accessories, political hostesses, gender and material culture, Jacobite material culture, the reception of Robert Adam and the culture of forgery. These students are funded by the AHRC, awards from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh, the Pasold Fund, and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain; one is a collaborative AHRC-award with the National Museums Scotland. All Viccy’s previous MScR students gained distinctions and have gone on to further PhD study. She is regularly asked to act as an external examiner and a peer reviewer for publishers and journals. She sits on the executive committee of the British Society for eighteenth-century Studies and was previously an external advisor for the UCL Leverhulme-funded project ‘The East India Company at Home’ (PI: Margot Finn) and a contributor to the AHRC-funded Early Modern Dress and Textiles Research Network (PI: Evelyn Welch). She is an experienced mentor for members of the department and for early career scholars at IASH.
Viccy has co-convened a number of international conferences and symposia, on Portraiture and Materiality with Marcia Pointon at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in 2012; Politeness and Puurience: Shaping transgressive sexualities in the long eighteenth century, University of Edinburgh, 2012; Sir Henry Raeburn: Critical Reception and International Reputation, National Gallery of Scotland, 2006.