Amy Schwartzott

Assistant Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Arts Humanities, Soc Sci

Visual and Performing Arts

Frazier Hall 210
B.A.Behavioral Science / Drew University
MAArt History / The State University of New York At Buffalo
Ph.D.Art History / University of Florida


Dr. Amy Schwartzott earned her PhD from the University of Florida. Her continuing research investigates recyclia used by Mozambican artists as media. This research resulted in a Centre for Conflict Studies Fellowship and two Fulbright awards.

Recently authored publications in international journals and volumes include The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises; ń Tydskrif vir Afrika-letterkunde/A Journal for African Literature (South Africa); and Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture.

Dr. Schwartzott has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally in Cape Town, South Africa and Maputo, Mozambique. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at North Carolina A&T State University where she is Curator of University Galleries.

Research Interests

Dr. Amy Schwartzott’s research interests include African art (contemporary and historical); artists who use recycled materials as media (both African and global expressions); art as a tool for peace and post-conflict resolution; and religion in art.

Recent Publications

  • Amy Schwartzott (2011). (“Arms into Plowshares: Recycling Weapons of War into Tools for Peace building in Post-conflict Mozambique"). In Gabriëlla Vogelaar, (book chapter) (2) pp. 4. Den Haag: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).
  • Amy Schwartzott (2011). (Transformação de Armas em Enxadas: Um projecto de base moçambicana e modelo para preservação da paz global). In Elena Como, (book chapter ) 1, pp. 7. Culturas Lusofonas: Leituras em Português; Atlantico Book Importers, Inc..
  • Amy Schwartzott (2013). (Transforming Arms into Ploughshares: Weapons that Destroy and Heal in Mozambican Urban Art). In Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van De Peer, (book chapter) pp. 91-109. I.B. Tauris and Co. Ltd..
  • Amy Schwartzott (2014). (“Conceptual, Temporal and Tangible: Discursive Spaces of Contemporary Art in Maputo.”). In Drew Thompson and Erin Haney, (peer reviewed journal article) (2) 8, pp. 29 pages. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Amy Schwartzott (2014). (Looking forward towards peace by remembering the past: Recycling war and lived histories in contemporary Mozambican art). In Russell West-Pavlov, (peer reviewed journal article) (2) 51, pp. 156-169. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association.
  • Amy Schwartzott (2016). (Waste not, Want not? Investigating Economic Frameworks of Garbage as Media in Contemporary Mozambican Urban Art.”). In Jordan Fenton/Sylvester Ogbechie , (peer reviewed journal article: Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. Issue on the Economics of African Art ) (2) 10, pp. 193-220. Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture/Taylor and Francis .
  • Amy Schwartzott (2018). (“Healing the Pain of War through Art – Mozambique’s Grassroots Approach to Post-Conflict Resolution: Transformação de Armas em Enxadas/Transforming Weapons into Plowshares”). In Paula Meneses, Bjørn Bertelsen, and Sheila Khan, (book chapter: in Dialogues with Mozambique: Interdisciplinary Reflections, Readings and Approaches on Mozambican Studies) Brill Publishers, Leiden.
  • Amy Schwartzott (2019). (“Recycling Discarding Histories to Chronicle Identities: Making Art from Waste in Mozambique“ ). (book chapter) Waste: Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion, Open Library of Humanities Journal, UK.
  • Amy Schwartzott , (2020). (“Unraveling and Welding Together: War’s Transformative Influence on Contemporary Mozambican Art,” ). In Chérie Ndaliko and Samuel Anderson, (book chapter) The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises/Oxford University Press.