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In Memoriam

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Alan Goldstein (1950-2022)
It is with great sadness that we lost our Founding Board Member Alan Goldstein. He has been our leader and an inspiration for more than 14 years. We are grateful to Alan for all he has done and hope to continue his legacy in our efforts going forward. May his memory be for a blessing.


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Morgan Falconer - Senior Writer and Editor
Morgan Falconer is a freelance critic, journalist and lecturer. Since completing a PhD on American modernist culture, he has written about contemporary art for publications throughout the world. His writing appears regularly in the Times (London), Frieze, Art in America, and the Burlington Magazine. He is currently writing a guide to art in New York, to be published by Rizzoli (New York) and Thames & Hudson (London) in 2011. Morgan is also writing a book on the history of painting since 1945, for Phaidon. Falconer joined The Art Story because it echoes his interest in making modern and contemporary art accessible to a wide audience.
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Michael Zurakhinsky - Founder and President
Michael Zurakhinsky is a graduate of Manhattan College, with an MBA from New York University. His background includes extensive experience in web technology, business and finance and a passion for art and literature. Michael has traveled extensively, and brings to The Art Story a deep appreciation and broad understanding of modern art. He was motivated to start the Art Story Foundation as a result of his personal frustration with the existing resources covering modern and contemporary art.


Expert Writers, Editors, and Specialized Contributors

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Kimberly Cooper
Kimberly Cooper is a freelance writer and artist living in Los Angeles. She is author of a book of short stories Mad Anatomy (Del Sol press). Her fiction and creative nonfiction has been published widely in magazines and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Wine Enthusiast, and VICE Magazine. She has been an art critic for over fifteen years for magazines such as Art Ltd., Art and Living, Artdependence, Droste and Artillery. Her conceptual artwork, photography and paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout California with an emphasis on San Francisco, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Before starting her freelance career she worked as marketing director for the Palm Springs Art Museum, director of a prestigious multimillion dollar art gallery and as owner of a public relations firm centered on the art market. She brings a passion for modern and contemporary art and artists to The Art Story.
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Sarah Archino
Sarah Archino is an assistant professor at Furman University in Greenville, SC. A specialist in early-twentieth century American art, her research explores the influence of anarchism on the development of abstraction. She also writes about Dada, Duchamp, and humor. She completed her B.A. at the University of Florida in European Art and History, her M.A. in Art History at Hunter College and received her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has previously taught at Queens College, Franklin & Marshall, and Millsaps College and taught graduate seminars at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris, where she served as the Terra Foundation for American Art postdoctoral fellow.
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Greg Thomas
Greg Thomas is a freelance writer and critic based in Glasgow who contributes to a number of art and literature publications including Aesthetica, Scottish Art News, and Art Monthly. He has a particular interest in avant-garde movements of the 1950s-70s; his book Border Blurs: Concrete Poetry in England and Scotland was published by Liverpool University Press in 2019, and his short film on Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poet, aired on BBC Scotland in Spring 2021. Greg gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, having previously studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. Between 2014 and 2017 he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow.
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Paisid Aramphongphan
Paisid Aramphongphan (paisid.net) is an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer specializing in modern and contemporary art as well as dance and performance. He holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University and was a recipient of the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In addition to his engagement with art history and visual culture, Paisid is also a certified teacher and practitioner of embodied movements and yoga with interests in contemplative practices, somatics, movement science, and ecology. Paisid is the author of Horizontal Together: Art, Dance, and Queer Embodiment in 1960s New York.
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Antony Todd
A graduate of the University of Portsmouth, Antony completed his post-graduate studies at Southampton University. He received his PhD from Southampton in 2005. In a teaching career that spans more than twenty-five years, Antony has instructed at various arts institutions in the UK. In conjunction with the publication on his monograph on the filmmaker, he curated the National Film Theatre’s David Lynch season in 2013. He was born in London and lives currently in Portsmouth.
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Kate Stephenson
Kate Stephenson was awarded her PhD in 2016 from the University of York where she now works as an Associate Lecturer teaching a range of art history subjects. She also holds a Masters in Art History from the University of St Andrews and works for the Scarborough Museums Trust. Kate is passionate about public engagement and regularly works with a theatre company to research and tell the stories of forgotten women. She is currently working on her first book.
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Lewis Church
Lewis Church is an academic and writer based in London. His research is focused on live and performance art, music, subcultures, disciplinary borders, and the cultural politics related to them. He completed his PhD in the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London in 2017, where he also teaches, and has also taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His academic research has been published in PAJ, and other writing in Something Other, East End Review, Exeunt and Loose Lips, and by SPILL Festival of Performance and The Sick of the Fringe. Lewis is delighted to contribute to the Art Story as an open and accessible repository of information and analysis.
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Molly Enholm
Molly Enholm is a freelance art writer, historian and artist based in Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to ArtScene, Art and Cake, Fabrik and Visual Art Source. Previously, Molly acted as Managing Editor for nearly a decade at the contemporary art magazine, art ltd. She received her MA with high honors on West Coast Modernism from California State University Northridge, where she currently teaches courses in Modern, Contemporary and Global Art History. She brings to The Art Story her desire to share the legacy of modern and contemporary art with a broad audience.


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Robert Weinberg
Robert Weinberg has an MA in History of Art from the University of Buckingham and a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Brighton. He regularly reviews art exhibitions and writes about the arts. He bring to The Art Story a passion for 19th and early 20th century British and European art, Abstract Expressionism, and the relationship between spirituality and modernism. He has scripted numerous video and film productions and is the author or editor of ten published books—including guides to film music and opera.
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Naomi Kojen
Naomi Kojen is an art professional, who currently splits her time between Serbia and Israel. Her undergraduate and graduate education combined her love of contemporary art and interest in East Asian cultures and led to research projects in China and Taiwan. After obtaining her master’s degree from Cambridge University, she worked for several art institutions in Belgrade, including the October Salon and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCAB).
Believing that art should be accessible and understandable to all audiences, she hopes to advance this aim through her contributions and work with the Art Story.
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Alexandra Banister
Alexandra Banister holds an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is based in London, England. Her main areas of research are Modernist architecture, art, and design in the UK and Europe during the interwar years, and the art of the Soviet Union in the 1910s and 1920s. She currently works as Programme Coordinator for two MA programmes at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and has previously worked at Tate Britain, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Royal Academy of Arts.
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Jessica DiPalma
Jessica DiPalma is a writer and art consultant based in Buffalo, New York. She has lectured and written extensively about modern and contemporary art. With a decade of experience working in the art museum field, including museum education, she brings to The Art Story a passion for making art accessible and engaging for people of all ages. She holds a Master's degree in Art History and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo.
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Alexandra Duncan
Alexandra Duncan is a PhD candidate in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation research focuses on Disability Arts and Neurodivergent artists in Canada. She also holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from York University, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Visual Culture and Communication from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Digital Communications from Sheridan College. Her Masters thesis, From the Street to the Gallery: A Critical Analysis of the Inseparable Nature of Graffiti and Context was later adapted into a chapter published in the edited volume Understand Graffiti (Left Coast Press, 2015). Alexandra has lectured on Modern and Contemporary Art, with a focus on public art and identity-based art. She is currently based in Guadalajara, Mexico.
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Adam Zucker
Adam Zucker is an art historian, curator, educator from New York City. He holds an M.A from the City College of New York in Museum Studies and an Advanced Certificate in K-12 Art Education from Brooklyn College. From 2011-2014, Adam was the co-founder and artistic director of et al Projects, a Brooklyn based gallery committed to showing emerging contemporary artists and under-recognized historical artists. As an independent curator, he has organized multiple gallery and museum exhibitions. His writing has been published in Art Education, Public Art Dialogue, POZ Magazine, Berkshire Fine Arts (online), Sculpture Magazine, Black Cat (online art journal), and several exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. Adam is the founder and author of the Rhino Horn Group blog, a contemporary discourse on socially engaged art and figurative painting; and Artfully Learning, where he writes about contemporary art through the lens of education.
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Jen Earthman
Jen Earthman is an art professional based in New York with experience in both nonprofit and gallery spaces. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Texas Christian University and Bachelor of Art’s degrees in Art History and American Studies from the University of Virginia. Her focus in graduate school was modern and contemporary art with research areas of interest including Abstract Expressionism, iterations of the sublime, and participatory art. She brings her passion for the importance of making art accessible to all to The Art Story.
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Corinne Rudis
Corinne Rudis is completing her MA in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent in Paris. Her dissertation research explores female contemporary artists’ expression of grief and mourning through corporeal art practices. Through her writing, she aims to help create a more comprehensive, intersectional history of art. She also holds an AAS in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History and Museum Professions from After the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she focused on interdisciplinary art and museum practices.
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Polina Govorukhina
Polina Govorukhina works as a researcher and lecturer at the New Jerusalem Museum of Art and History. She obtained her MLitt in Art History at the University of Glasgow in 2021, and her BA in Art History with French language at the University of Leicester in 2020. Her research focuses on Medieval and Early Modern art.

Audience Development

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Anna McNay
Anna McNay is an art writer, editor and curator, who contributes regularly to a variety of print and online art and photography journals and newspapers. She writes catalogue essays, hosts panels and in conversation events at galleries and art schools, and has judged many art prizes, both nationally and internationally. McNay is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and holds an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London. She originally worked in academia as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Linguistics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a Heath Harrison Teaching Fellow at the University of Oxford. Making material accessible to students is therefore close to her heart, and this is what brought her to The Art Story, to help share its clear and insightful offerings.
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Marina Imberg
Marina Imberg specializes in non-profit community work with children, families, and young adults. Marina was born and raised in Ukraine, studied Business Management in Brooklyn College and got her Masters Degree in Education from Fordham University. She joined the Art Story in 2012, bringing her knowledge and experience with non-profit organizations to fulfill her desire to inspire more individuals to appreciate the arts.

Graphic Designers

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Thomas Reczek
Thomas Reczek is a freelance Art Director/Graphic Designer with over 25 years of print and web design experience. He has a BFA in Design Graphics from the New York Institute of Technology and has been the creator of many interactive and functional websites and technology platforms. Mr. Reczek leads graphic design at The Art Story, and has been an integral part of the team that started the foundation.
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Annija Marija Silanagle
Annija Marija Silanagle is a Latvian graphic designer and a prospective architect. After finishing advertising and graphic design studies at Latvian Art Direction School and receiving a BA from Riga Technical University, she is now on her way to gain a MA degree in architecture at Central Saint Martins in London. She overtakes roles beyond disciplinary limits while engaging in a variety of art and design practices. Annija believes in design that interacts with the public and encourages you to take part in the explorations of The Art Story.


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Alexander Grevtsev
Alexander Grevtsev is a programmer with eight-year experience of developing, maintaining and supporting business applications for desktop, web and mobile systems. He has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Voronezh State University, Russia. Alexander is fond of Impressionist artists and has been helping The Art Story from the beginnings of the initiative in 2009.

Past Contributors

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Sarah Ingram
Sarah Ingram is an experienced freelance journalist and social media specialist. She has a BA in History of Art and English Literature and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Leeds. She has travelled widely visiting galleries, museums and architecture across the world and loves writing about how the study of art traverses the spheres of politics, psychology, sociology, history and science. Having worked across the length and breadth of the UK reporting on her other specialism - policing and crime - she is now happy to be living and working in the beautiful Cotswolds in England.
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Valerie Hellstein
Valerie Hellstein is an independent scholar, educator, and editor. She has been a Senior Writer at The Art Story since 2017 and has published dozens of articles accross the web resource. Valerie also teaches university and adult education courses, and also works at the Denver Art Museum as the Publications and Programs Coordinator for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. She received her PhD from Stony Brook University in 2010 and is currently at work on a book about Abstract Expressionism, The Club, and the Cold War.
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Sarah Levy
Sarah Levy is a freelance Graphic and Web Designer from New York City. She holds a professional certificate in Design Communication Arts from UCLA and also has a B.A in Social and Cultural History from The University of Maryland, College Park. Sarah is an all-around creative with an interest in all things artistic, especially the historical contexts from which art and design arise. Sarah grew up immersed in, and in awe of, the modern art that she found all around her in New York and loves the idea of bringing art to everyone through The Art Story.
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Lisa Marder
Lisa Marder is a writer, artist, and teacher based in Boston. She has taught studio art, design, and photography to students of all ages throughout her career. She believes that art and design education -practice, theory, and history - are of vital importance, both for the individual as well as for community, and was drawn to The Art Story for the wealth of information it makes easily accessible. She is the former Painting Expert for About.com, and has also written for Thoughtco.com. She has a BA from Williams College and a Master of Landscape Architecture form Harvard University, and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists.
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Grace Schylling
Grace Schylling is an artist and media specialist. She has a BA in Emergent Digital Practices, Studio Art and Film Studies from the University of Denver and plans to get her PHD in the coming years. She loves the ability to express emotion through art and is always working on a creative project in some form, whether that is painting or something digitally based.
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Rebecca Baillie
Rebecca Baillie is a practicing artist and freelance art writer living and working in London, UK. She holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory, both awarded by Essex University in 2012 and 2007 respectively. She has written and published many exhibition catalogue essays for artist friends, and previously worked as a visiting tutor in the Fine Art and Design Department at Kingston University. Rebecca’s principle areas of expertise lie in women artists, themes of identity, experiences of melancholy, and in the legacies and roots of Surrealism. She is currently uniting all of these interests to produce beautifully illustrated and thought provoking children’s books.
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Cheryl VanBuskirk
Cheryl VanBuskirk is a former High School Principal and Art History/Humanities teacher who now tutors privately and for the San Diego Library system. She learned that she could write about Art even better than she could teach about it in the classroom by writing for the Arts & Culture section of the Philadelphia, PA, Bulletin Newspaper and Art Experts for research, analysis and valuation of paintings. She completed her BS in Art/Art History at Skidmore College in New York and her Master’s at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She also completed two years of study at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA, taught by Violette DeMazia, a close associate of Albert C. Barnes.
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Sarah Henzlik
Sarah Henzlik works at the intersection of art and audience engagement. Since completing her M.A. in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University, she joined The Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture, where she helps plan academic symposia for emerging scholars in the fields of Art History, Archaeology, History and Museum Studies. Drawing on her experience in nonprofit management and commercial advertising, Sarah is excited to work with The Art Story to share all that art has to offer! Her favorite artist is Childe Hassam.
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Ruth Epstein
Ruth Epstein is an art historian, journalist, and critic. Fellowships and teaching positions have enabled her to travel to major art destinations around the world. Whether in writing or in person, she enjoys the thrill of communicating themes in Modern and Contemporary art in plain language. Based in New York, Epstein writes for ARTnews and an array of other publications including, most recently, Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse (Routledge) to which she contributed a chapter.
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Anna Blair
Anna Blair is a writer and art historian from New Zealand. She has published writing on art, architecture and travel in publications including 10 Stories: Writing about Architecture, The Journal of Art Historiography, Inside/Out MoMA, The Island Review, The Appendix, Print Quarterly and Untapped Cities and fiction in Litro, Headland and Pyramid Schemes: A Collective Cityscape. She holds a PhD in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and has previously worked in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as an editor for King’s Review.
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Loïc Desplanques
Loïc Desplanques has a BA from Cambridge University in English Literature, and is about to graduate from his MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His primary area of academic interest lies in the influence and reception of Antiquity in the art of later periods, which has lead him from medieval epic poetry to late-nineteenth-century sculpture. The accessible yet thoughtful distribution of art to a wider audience is of great importance to Loïc, and it is this which attracted him to The Art Story. He is currently based in London, England.
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Adam Heardman
Adam Heardman is a poet and a writer from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He recently gained a BA in literature and an MSt in modern poetry from the University of Oxford. His poems have appeared in PN Review, The Missing Slate, Belleville Park Pages and elsewhere, and have been awarded the Mapleton Bree Prize for the Creative Arts by Oxford University and a Truman Capote Scholarship in the USA. He wrote extensively on Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly during his studies and is committed to exploring the relationship between the visual arts and contemporary poetry. He joined The Art Story in 2018, hoping to bring an informative and imaginative engagement with modern art to a broad audience. He is currently based in Clapton Pond, London.
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Mélissa Evans
Mélissa Evans is a freelance writer, communications assistant, museum assistant and mixed-media designer. She holds a MA in History of Design from Victoria and Albert Museum & Royal College of Art and specialised in eighteenth-century design looking at a less well-known female designer in North Wales. Mélissa has a strong background in visitor engagement and historic conservation within the museum sector and a BA in History from the University of Southampton. Her passion in making history and the arts more accessible is what brings her to the Art Story. In her free time, she is exploring typography as artistic practice and is currently based in Mid Wales, UK.
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Jacqueline Kent
Jacqueline Kent holds a BA and MA, both in the History of Art awarded by the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is based in London, England. Her main area of research at this time was Orthodox Christian Medieval art, and how this continues to function in Orthodox countries today. Her research has led her to write on, and travel to see, art across Europe, and to consider how artworks from different periods feature as part of a layered cultural scene in these places. Her interest in art education, and making the study of Art History more widely accessible and less intimidating, attracted her to The Art Story.
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Zaid Sethi
Zaid is a writer and photographer based in London. He received a MA in Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture from Westminster University, has published two collections of short stories, and a novel, and has taken part in a number of photography exhibitions, both group and one-man shows. He is passionate about institutional curatorial responsibility with particular reference to artistic interpretation, public participation and accessibility of the visual arts. While his studies focused on Social and Economic history of art in England from Hogarth to Turner, in recent years he has developed an eclectic passion for modern and contemporary art and the development of visual culture in the western world.
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Vitoria Hadba-Groom
Vitoria Hadba-Groom is an art historian, artist, and set designer. She holds a BFA in Art History from Pratt Institute, where she graduated with highest honors. She is currently an art history graduate student at Hunter College. Additionally, she studied at Central Saint Martin in London, and at UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to New York, she worked extensively in film and theatre in Brazil. In the last few years, she has been an active participant in fundraising campaigns for major art institutions, while also exhibiting her work in group shows throughout the city. At present, Vitoria is involved in researching feminist artists working with performance in 1980s Brazil. She spends her free time devouring art books at NYPL.
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Justin Wolf
Justin Wolf has a BA from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research. His background includes extensive work in urban education, modern art, criticism, creative non-fiction and editing. Since joining The Art Story in February 09, Wolf has been integral in building the site's sections on modern art theory, galleries, and other entities that he feels are often overlooked in the canon of Abstract Expressionism. But above all, he's proud to be a part of something that celebrates the myriad complexities of modern art through such a comprehensive lens.
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Katlyn Beaver
Kate Beaver holds a MA in Art History from the University of Oregon and a BA in History from Boston College. Her research areas span 20-21st century visual art and digital culture, specializing in modernism in Latin America and contemporary curatorial studies. Kate currently researches the use of digital scholarship to enhance learning and instruction of art historical topics, and brings to the Art Story a professional background as an instructor of art history in both museum and university settings. She is currently based in San Diego, CA.
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Kimberly Henderson
Kimberly Henderson is a freelance writer and mixed media artist based in Harlem, NY. She received her B.A in Studio Art -- minoring in Art History, Women and Gender Studies and Psychology -- in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently a freelance writer and the Office Coordinator for This American Life, PBC and Serial Podcast. Prior to moving to New York, she was the Program Associate at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, one of the leading artist residency centers in the country. Her art endeavors center around modern and contemporary art.
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Luke Farey
Luke Farey took a double first in art history from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He has an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute, University of London. His research interests are centred on British art and include the still-life paintings of William Nicholson and the landscape paintings of Joshua Reynolds. He has a critical interest in modernism and its relationship to other, non-modernist forms of art produced in the twentieth century.
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Alden Burke
Alden Burke is a museum educator and art historian based in Chicago. She received her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she researched artists who understood their names as artistic material. Her works seeks to elevate how art historical narratives approach naming-practices, especially in relation to artists working through themes of identity, performances, and absence/presence. Additionally, Burke is currently opening an exhibition space in Chicago that shows and supports eager-spirited makers that understand collaboration as a tool to expand individualistic narratives. By doing so, she hopes to engender a heightened sense of hybridized spirit essential to sustaining and building an emergent art community.
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Meggie Morris
Meggie Morris holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Her primary research areas span the art of Europe and the United States from the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing most on cinema, illustration, and photography. Her main expertise is in the art and cinema of modern Spain, especially the intersections of politics and art during the Franco regime and the transition to democracy in the 20th century. Meggie has contributed essays and chapters to several publications in both English and Spanish, and continues to work as an independent scholar and freelance writer. She is thrilled to contribute to The Art Story, sharing her fascination with modern and contemporary art and exploring its continued influence on us today. Meggie lives and works in San Diego, California.
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Daniel X Fleming
Daniel Xavier Fleming is an independent writer, consultant, coach, and career counselor for clients in the arts and creative industries. Since completing his PhD in Scotland in 1985, Daniel has taught, researched, and developed arts curricula at universities in Scotland, Ireland, Brazil, Japan, China, and Australasia. He has done postdoctoral work in the USA, held a personal chair in Cultural Studies at Ulster University in the UK and a senior professorship in the School of Arts at Waikato University in New Zealand. Daniel has authored or edited five books (as Dan Fleming) and published in numerous journals. His wide-ranging 30-year experience in the field of Visual Culture Studies brings to The Art Story his passion for how the act of seeing, especially through modern art, can enrich our constructions of the social world.
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Caroline Goldberg Igra
Caroline Goldberg Igra is an art historian and freelance writer. She received her B.A. with Honors from Brown University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has published numerous articles on the modern cityscape and has taught art history at Haifa University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She co-authored a book on J.D. Kirszenbaum with Somogy éditions d'Art (Paris 2013) and curated an exhibition on the artist at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. She blogs for the Jerusalem Post and is excited to join The Art Story team, making art history more accessible to people, like herself, who live abroad.
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Tom Head holds a Ph.D. in religion and society from Edith Cowan University and an M.A. in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and has written or co-written 28 nonfiction books on a wide range of topics. He is an award-winning contributing writer for the Jackson Free Press and a blogger for numerous platforms, including CMUSE.org, Mysterious Universe, and Hopes&Fears. His work focuses on the history of ideas and the sometimes unlikely relationships between them. He lives and works in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, where he serves on the boards of several area nonprofits and occasionally teaches informal classes on topics that align with his research interests.
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Alistair Rider
Alistair Rider is a Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds, and was a research fellow at the University of York for two years before moving to Scotland. He teaches classes on modern sculpture, critical theory, New York modernism and experimental art of the 1960s. In 2006 he helped edit an anthology of art criticism on Carl Andre (About Carl Andre: Critical Writings since 1965). He has also written a monograph on Andre, which is due to be published by Phaidon Press in 2011. Currently, he is working on two separate research projects. The first is a study of artists from the 1960s and 1970s who have devoted entire careers to a single, ongoing project, and the second is an examination of contemporary art practices that explore environmental and ecological themes without invoking traditional concepts of 'nature'.

Dr. Rider's recent book, About Carl Andre: Critical Texts Since 1965, is available currently at Amazon.com.

Alistair Rider has contributed the Carl Andre artist page to The Art Story Foundation.
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Stephen Knudsen
Stephen Knudsen is a professor of Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, and he exhibits his work in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. He is a senior editor and art critic for ARTPULSE Magazine, and he is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The SECAC Review Journal,and Notes on Metamodernism. He is a PhD candidate in philosophy, art theory, and communications at the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland.

Recent work and published essays can be seen at www.SteveKnudsen.com.

Stevek Knudsen contributed the Gustave Courbet artist page to the Art Story Foundation.
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Ellen Hurst
Ellen Hurst has a PhD in art history from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her graduate research focused on global interaction in the early modern period, specifically between the areas that now constitute Eastern Europe and Italy. She continues to explore these issues, as well as global exchange in contemporary art. Based in Seattle, she works full-time as a writer and editor. For more information about her work, and for examples of her writing, visit www.ellenahurst.com.
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Sandy McCain
Sandy McCain has a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on American Art, particularly art of the American South. She continues to write and publish on southern artists, although her interest extends into European and Modern art, as well as African American art. In addition to working as a freelance researcher and writer, Sandy also enjoys teaching in a classroom setting. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD.
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Catarina Flaksman
Catarina Flaksman holds a MS in History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she graduated in Architecture and Urban Design and worked as an architect before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her curatorial experience includes exhibitions on modern and contemporary architecture and design as well as public art projects in major museums and arts organizations. She also works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. Catarina is interested in interdisciplinary practices that cross the boundaries between architecture and art.
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Jen Glennon
Jen Glennon is a writer, editor, and researcher based in New York City. She holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work with The Art Story builds upon her research, which focuses on transatlantic dialogues in visual art and literature in the early twentieth century. Having taught at the University of Oxford and the University of London, she is committed to making art and literature approachable and inspiring for a wide audience.
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Jen Farren
Jen is an art historian with a M.A. and 15 years of experience working as an investigator, sourcing textual and visual material from archives, museums, private collections, historic newspapers and out-of-print books. She conducts freelance research for educational and heritage projects, film and theatre. Jen loves to find fascinating visuals to illustrate concepts, and uncover insights that make new connections between artists and ideas. She writes about art and culture and her interests span the 20-21st century.
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Diana L. Linden
Diana L. Linden received her PhD in Art History from CUNY-The Graduate Center and her MA in Art History from Williams College where she was selected as the best graduate student. She has both published and lectured widely on American art, African American art, Public Art, and Museum Studies. She has taught at Pomona College, Pitzer College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of Southern California. Her book The New Deal Murals of Ben Shahn: Jewish Identity in the American Scene will be published Oct. 2015. Diana has been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Getty Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. Diana currently resides in Claremont, CA.
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Jiete Li
Jiete Li received her B.A. in Art History and Museums Concentration from Smith College and her M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Originally from Beijing, China, Jiete has engaged with art museums in many different and transformative ways. This is why she is particularly interested in interpreting art for meaningful public engagement. With an expertise in Asian art, Jiete brings to The Art Story a non-Western perspective for narrating the history of modern and contemporary art. She is also a freelance writer for The Art Newspaper China. She is now working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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Sarah Frances Dias
Sarah Frances Dias has a PhD in Architecture, having graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon. Her research focused on the significance of the artwork and the aesthetic qualities and principles underlying artistic creations. Her primary research areas also include the union and integration of the arts and the inherent poetics and spiritual qualities of art. Sarah is a freelance writer, researcher, architect and artist (painter and photographer) and has published essays and articles in various international scientific magazines, journals and congresses. Although she is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal, she often travels in Europe, South America, North Africa and currently, Arabic Countries in search of the underlying universal artistic principles she aims to discover.
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Nicole Georgopulos
Nicole Georgopulos is a PhD Candidate in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University, where she teaches on modern art in a global context. Her research focuses on French painting and drawing of the mid-nineteenth century, particularly discourses of Realism, theories of embodiment, and the intersections of art, science, and philosophy. Her MA thesis work considered the late landscapes of Gustave Courbet within the context of the emergence of evolutionary biology in the 1860s. She has held positions at the Morgan Library and Museum and the International Foundation for Art Research, and is currently based in New York.
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Jackie Meade
Jackie Meade holds a Master's degree in Art History from Montana State University and a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Montana. Her area of interest and research includes European and American painting and photography from the 19th through 21st centuries. Jackie taught Art History survey courses covering prehistory to contemporary art as a graduate student. During this time, Jackie also worked at various modern and contemporary art museums and local art galleries. Her Art Story pages explore modern photography and her passion to make all artistic mediums relevant to the greater dialogue of society, culture, and history.
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Rachel Gershman
Rachel Gershman is a writer, editor and art collections management consultant based in New York City. She holds an M.A. degree in Museum Studies from Columbia University, where she also earned her B.A. degree. Her work with The Art Story expands on her M.A. thesis, which explored methods for making art more accessible to wider audiences. Rachel also brings to The Art Story her long-standing interest in contemporary art and her years spent working in arts publicity.
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Ivan Savvine
Ivan Savvine has recently earned his Master's degree in Art History from Syracuse University. Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Savvine studied Linguistics and British-American Literature before pursuing his graduate studies in the history of art. An inveterate enthusiast of Russian Modernism, he brings to The Art Story a thorough understanding of the groundbreaking avant-garde artists often overlooked in the critical understanding of modern art. Based in New York City, Mr. Savvine pursues various freelance writing projects focusing on the theory of architecture and the Russian and German art of the 1920's.
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Katelyn Davis
Katelyn Davis is a freelance writer and art professional with over ten years of experience working for a contemporary art auction house, blue chip gallery, and art museum. She holds a M.A. in Art History, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, and was awarded an academic scholarship for her writing during her graduate studies. More recently, she was the Studio Manager for the artist, Caio Fonseca and Estate Manager of his father's work. She is based in New York City, where she pursues her passion of working with artists and writing about the modern and contemporary art that inspires her.
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Elizabeth Berkowitz
Elizabeth Berkowitz is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She holds an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. Her area of expertise is pre-World War II European Modernism, but she also has a background and interest in nineteenth-century art, the intersection of art and authorial identity, art's relationship to wartime trauma, and institutional history. Her writing has appeared in Culture, Theory and Critique; The Brooklyn Rail; Tablet; and Artsy, and she manages the website Talk to Your Prof. In addition to a background as a museum educator at various institutions, she has taught courses at SUNY Purchase, Baruch College, and Hunter College.
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Lilly Markaki
Lilly Markaki is a PhD researcher in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Glasgow’s Art; Politics; Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes MLitt programme, having previously received a B.A. in Art History from the same institution. Focusing on Marcel Duchamp, her PhD project re-examines the artist, in an attempt to argue for an ethical and political dimension in his life and work, often overlooked by canonical understandings. In 2014, Lilly acted as an assistant curator for the Lucy Skaer exhibition at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, and has since been involved in a variety of projects surrounding art and its relation to the world today.
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Rohini Iyengar
Rohini Iyengar is a writer, academician and an art consultant based in New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D in Art History from the Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S.U, Baroda, India. With fourteen years of experience in teaching art history at different universities in India, Africa, France and the USA. She has also been actively engaged in research, writing and curatorial practice focusing on modern and contemporary art. She has presented papers at national and international conferences. Her publications include research papers and edited books.
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