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Noah Charney is a professor and an international best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction, specializing in the fields of art history and art crime. He is the founder and president of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a non-profit research group (www.artcrime.info). Noah's work in the field of art crime has been praised in such forums as The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Sunday Times (UK), BBC Radio, National Public Radio, El Pais, Corriere della Sera, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. He is the author of numerous articles, including a regular column in the magazine ArtInfo called “The Secret History of Art.” He is the author of an international best-selling novel, The Art Thief (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2007), currently translated into seventeen languages. He is the editor of Art & Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World (Praeger 2009) and the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Art Crime, a biannual peer-reviewed journal on the subject. He is also the author of the Museum Time series, guides to museums in Spain (geoPlaneta 2010) and the critically-acclaimed Stealing the Mystic Lamb: the True History of the World’s Most Coveted Masterpiece (PublicAffairs 2010). Charney's newest book is The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: On Stealing the World’s Most Famous Painting (ARCA Publications 2011). Trained in art history at The Courtauld Institute, Cambridge University, and University of Ljubljana, Charney has taught for many years, for Yale and Brown University, and in Cambridge, Florence, Rome, and Ljubljana. He is now a professor of art history at the American University of Rome.
Crispin Corrado is a classical archaeologist specializing in Roman art, who received her Ph.D. at Brown University, and an M.A. in Art History and B.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago. She was a student at the American Academy in Rome's Summer Program in Archaeology, and excavated for two seasons at Pompeii with a team from the University of Rome. She has worked as curatorial intern in the departments of ancient art at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Vatican Museums. While working at these institutions, she assisted in the creation and implementation of exhibitions of ancient art, co-authored catalogs, wrote articles and presented guest lectures. Her major research interests include Roman wall painting, sculpture, and domestic architecture, and her publications include an article on Roman wall painting published in the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, and a forthcoming monograph on the commemoration of boys in the Roman imperial period. Her current book project focuses on imperial Roman villas. She has lived in Rome for over ten years.
Katherine Krizek is an American artist and designer living and working in Rome Italy. Raised and educated in New York City she has a background in Architecture (B Arch The Cooper Union), and in the Fine arts (BFA Parsons School of Design). She has won numerous awards including an Artists Fellowship award in Architecture, ID Magazine’s Best of Category in Furniture, and is represented by nine pieces in the The Smithsonian Institutions’ National Museum of Design Permanent Collection, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Prizes in Italy her Mezza Luna knife has been selected for the Compasso D’oro award.
She has lectured and taught Drawing, Industrial Design and the History of Italian Design History at numerous Italian and American Universities, including Temple University’s Rome Program, The State University of Iowa College of Art and Design, Northeastern University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her most recent solo show was at the Galleria Toscanini in Cetona, Siena.
Liana Miuccio is a professional photographer born in Rome and raised in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her photographs have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, La Repubblica delle Donne, Il Corriere della Sera, l'Espresso and L'Internazionale.
Miuccio collaborates with Getty Images and teaches photography at the Rome campuses of Temple and Cornell Universities. She has received numerous awards for her photography including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Italian American Foundation, Grazia Neri's Yann Geoffrey prize and the MacArthur Foundation Arts Organization in Residence Program grant for Documentary Video Production.
Miuccio has exhibited her images and videos across the world, including the American Academy in Rome, Sala Uno and Temple University gallery in Rome, FOTOGRAFIA/Festival Internazionale di Roma at La Casa della Memoria in Trastevere, Rome. Solo exhibits have included "An Italian Journey" at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, Villa Trabia, Sicily and the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. www.lianaphoto.com
Sarah Nix completed her Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literature at Brown University in 2004. She has taught at Brown University (Latin and Greek), Moses Brown School, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently she heads the Latin program at Miss Hall's School, and has been an instructor for the Brown University undergraduate summer program in Rome for the past four years. Her research interests include Augustan and Early Imperial Literature, Latin Epic, and Greek Tragedy. In addition to her work as a classicist, Sarah spent a summer excavating in the Roman Forum and in Tuscany with the American Academy in Rome's Summer Program in Archaeology. She has also lived and worked in Thailand, teaching English at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg taught at Cornell University for 20 years before arriving at Brown four years ago. She is the author of Sublime Surrender: Male Masochism at the Fin-de-Siècle, published by Cornell University Press, in 1998; of The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians (1860-1920), published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007 and winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Award for Best Manuscript in Italian Studies in 2006. She has additionally just completed a manuscript, tentatively entitled Imaginary Socialities: Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis and Politics. Her new project treats the relationship between Italy's sexual politics, its repression of psychoanalysis and the various forms of commemoralization of fascism in Italy since 1945.
Phil Ventre studied conducting at Yale University with Maestro Otto-Werner Mueller and with Maestro Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. Maestro Ventre received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory and performed with the Boston Pops, with numerous orchestras and ensembles in the greater Boston area, founded the Artists Brass Quintet and lectured at Simmons College and Emmanuel College.
Maestro Ventre is currently Head of the Music Department at Choate Rosemary Hall and in 2011 was honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a United States Teacher of Recognition. He is also the founder and Music Director of the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Paul Mellon Arts Center. He has guest conducted the Vivaldi Concertante Orchestra of London, the Kammerorchester Arpeggione of Zurich, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Fort Collins Symphony (CO), the Connecticut Opera and Connecticut Ballet, the Nashua Symphony Orchestra (NH) and the Northern Ballet(NH). In addition, Maestro Ventre is a frequent guest conductor in the People's Republic of China conducting the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Tianjin Symphony, Guangxi Province Orchestra and the Shaanxi Philharmonic Orchestra, Xi’an.