- MA, Art History, The University of Alabama, 2023
- Certificate, Museum Studies, The University of Alabama, 2023
Olivia Sims’ area of research is 19th-century Europe, specifically female art circles in England. In 2020, Sims presented “A Socio-Feminist Approach to Emily Mary Osborn’s ‘Nameless and Friendless’” at the annual meeting of SECAC. In 2022, Sims presented “Bound to Bodichon: Prominent Female Networks Found in Effects of Tight Lacing” in the session, Revisioning and Revisionism in Current Art Historical Scholarship at SECAC.
As a graduate student, Sims worked as a student assistant at the Paul R. Jones Museum, a research assistant for the digital art history database Global Makers, and an archival research project member of AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research, & Exhibitions). She published a web article with AWARE about contemporary artist Choi Yan-chi and has two articles, on the artists Fiona Wong Lai-ching and Lulu Shur-tzy Hou, forthcoming in 2024. As a curatorial intern, Sims curated the exhibition, “The Lady’s Domain: 19th-Century Parlor Room Culture,” at UA’s Gorgas House Museum in 2023. Sims holds a bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in art history from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in art history with a museum studies certificate from The University of Alabama.