Xu Bing is a contemporary artist and vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he earned his B.A. and M.F.A. Bing’s artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions in a number of prominent museums worldwide, including the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Joan Miró Foundation in Spain. Bing creates his work in a wide variety of media and received a MacArthur Foundation Award for his special contributions to the fields of printmaking and calligraphy. For his work, Bing has also been awarded with the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, the Wales International Visual Art Prize, and a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Graphics Council.
David Cateforis, Ph.D., is a professor specializing in American and modern art at the University of Kansas. His research and publications focus broadly on twentieth century American art and international contemporary art. Courses he has taught at the University of Kansas include the introductory survey of Western art history, Modern Sculpture, and Art since 1945. Cateforis is the author or editor of several books, including Willem de Kooning and Decade of Transformation: American Art of the 1960s. The University of Kansas awarded him the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Archie and Nancy Dykes Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. Cateforis received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Melissa Chiu, Ph.D., is museum director and vice president for global art programs at the Asia Society in New York. An expert on Asian contemporary art, Chiu is responsible for establishing the museum’s contemporary art collection along with curating path-breaking exhibitions. She is a frequent media commentator on arts and culture and has lectured at universities including Yale, Columbia, and Harvard. Prior to joining the Asia Society Museum, Chiu founded the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia. Chiu has also authored many articles and books, most recently, Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China. Chiu holds a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.A. in Arts Administration.
Jesse Coffino-Greenberg helps run the Xu Bing Studio in New York and occasionally acts as Xu Bing’s interpreter. He is a graduate of Columbia College in New York, where he majored in political science; he also studied Mandarin and has traveled extensively in China.
John Costello, Ph.D., is a professor of linguistics at New York University. Costello joined the NYU faculty in 1967. He has focused his research on the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European syntax, the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European phonology, and linguistic change in Pennsylvania German. Costello has authored many books and articles, including Syntactic Change and Syntactic Reconstruction: A Tagmemic Approach, “German in New York,” and “Modal Auxiliaries in Proto-Indo-European.” He has also served as the editor of WORD, the Journal of the International Linguistic Association. Costello has received a number of grants from NYU’s Arts and Sciences Research Fund and is a member of the American Society of Geolinguistics and the International Linguistic Association. Costello earned his B.A. from Wagner College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from NYU.
Steven Heller is the co-founder and co-chair of the M.F.A Design program and co-founder of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. After several years working as art director on the New York Times OpEd page, Heller became art director for the New York Times Book Review, a position he held for almost thirty years. He now writes the “Visuals” column for the New York Times Book Review. Heller is the author, co-author, and/or editor of more than 120 books on design and popular culture and has been a contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline, and I.D. magazines. He has produced and curated numerous exhibitions, including “Art against War,” “The Satiric Image: Painters as Cartoonists and Caricaturists,” and “The Malik Verlag.” He is also the recipient of the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. He is the editor of the AIGA VOICE, its online journal, and author of the Daily Heller blog at Printmag.com.
Sharon Liberman Mintz is curator of Jewish art at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and specializes in the art of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and rare printed books. Over the course of twenty-two years at the Library, Mintz has curated over forty exhibitions and co-authored eleven exhibition catalogues. Since 1994, Mintz has also served as the senior consultant for Judaica and Hebraica at Sotheby’s. In that capacity she has participated in the sales of several outstanding collections of Judaica and Hebraica and most recently assisted with the record-breaking exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library. Sharon’s latest publication, A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, accompanies an international exhibition that she co-curated.
Adriana Proser is the John H. Foster Curator of Traditional Asian Art at the Asia Society in New York. Proser has curated many exhibitions for the Asia Society, including “Devotion in South India: Chola Bronzes” and “A Passion for Asia: The Rockefeller Family Collects,” which showcased the Rockefeller family’s Asian art collection and coincided with the Asia Society’s fiftieth anniversary. In addition, she co-authored, A Passion for Asia: The Rockefeller Legacy. Proser is currently managing a special project for the Asia Society supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which includes a touring exhibition entitled, “Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art,” and a documentary film biography of the Buddha.
David J. Roxburgh, Ph.D., is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art at Harvard University. Courses he has taught there include Landmarks of World Art and Architecture, Early Islamic Art and Architecture, and Art in the Wake of the Mongol Conquests. Roxburgh has authored many articles, essays, and books, including Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900. For The Persian Album, 1400–1600: From Dispersal to Collection, Roxburgh received a Millard Meiss Publications Grant from the College Art Association, the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles Award, and honorable mention for the Saidi Sirjani Book Award. In addition, Roxburgh has been honored with a number of fellowships, including the J. Paul Getty Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Smithsonian Institution Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Roxburgh received a M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Yoshiaki Shimizu, Ph.D. recently retired from Princeton University, where he was the Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archeology, specializing in Japanese and Buddhist art. His many areas of interest include Japanese ink painting of the medieval period, Heian and Kamakura narrative painting, arts of Zen Buddhist establishment, Sino-Japanese cultural history, and Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Shimizu has published extensive articles, essays, and books, including Masters of Japanese Calligraphy, 8th–19th Century, Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture, 1185-1868, and “Japan in the American Museums: But Which Japan?” Shimizu co-curated the exhibition “Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Mediaeval Japan” for New York’s Japan Society and was named the Society’s scholar in residence from 2006–2007. Shimizu holds an M.A. from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Marc Van De Mieroop, Ph.D., is a professor of ancient Near Eastern history at Columbia University. Van De Mieroop has published over eighty articles and reviews, and has authored several books, including, The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II and King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography. Van De Mieroop received his B.A. from the Katholieke Universiteit and his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Sylvia Wolf is the director of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has also been a curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In these positions, Wolf has organized over fifty exhibitions and written over twelve books on contemporary art and photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron’s Women; Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940–2001; Michal Rovner: The Space Between; Ed Ruscha and Photography; and Polaroids: Mapplethorpe. Wolf has taught studio, art history, and museum studies courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, most recently at Columbia University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the School of Visual Arts, New York. Wolf received a B.A. in French literature from Northwestern University, an M.F.A in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently writing her dissertation as an international fellow at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her promotion of French culture in the U.S.