Zavistovski recently received her Masters degree from the Williams
College Graduate Program in the History of Art, with a focus on contemporary
art. During her time at Williams, Katia was the Clark Curatorial Intern at the
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), where she curated the
exhibition InVisible: Art at the Edge of Perception. Prior to attending
Williams she worked for five years at SITE Santa Fe, a non-profit contemporary
art exhibition space in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has also held internship
positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Christie’s Auction House,
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Katia spent the past summer working as the
Samuel H. Kress Graduate Teaching Fellow for Smith College’s Summer Institute
in Art Museum Studies.
Before joining Rice
University, Umit Fırat Acıkgoz
worked as a teaching and research assistant at Bogazici University Department
of History in Istanbul, where he had obtained his BA, also completing the
course load of the PhD program of the same department by spring 2010. He received
his MA from Middle East Technical University Graduate Program in Architectural
History in Ankara. Acıkgoz’s interests
involve colonial encounters in urban context, representation of the Ottoman
cities in the accounts of the western travelers, architectural and urban history of the
post-Ottoman Middle East particularly Syria under the French mandate.
Van Wingerden studies Renaissance and Baroque art and is
especially interested in crosscurrents between the art of Northern Europe and
that of Italy in the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries as well as in
prints and print culture. Before focusing on the history of art, she
studied the literature of early modern England and continues to think about the
connections between literature and the visual arts in early modern
culture. She completed her M.A. in the history of art at the Institute of
Fine Arts (IFA) at New York University (NYU).
Melissa Venator focuses on
twentieth-century European art, especially the art of interwar and postwar Germany.
Before entering Rice, she received a Masters degree from the University of
Pennsylvania in 2010 and a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at
Austin in 2000, both in Art History. Venator is also an experienced arts
administrator, working most recently for the San Francisco Symphony, with
Masters degrees in Arts Administration and Business Administration from
Southern Methodist University.