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Melissa Venator

ST. LOUIS, June 12, 2019—Melissa Venator recently joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Modern Art.

As Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard Art Museums, Venator curated the 2019 exhibition “Hans Arp’s Constellations II,” which featured a monumental, site-specific relief designed by Arp for the Harvard Graduate Center in 1950. She also authored the first English monograph on German artist Carl Grossberg.

“With a research background in 20th-century German art, Melissa will bring new insights and perspective to the presentation of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s extensive collection of German Expressionist art,” said Simon Kelly, the museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art.

In 2016, Venator completed her doctoral dissertation at Rice University on experimental light art made in 1920s Germany. She also received a master’s degree in art history from University of Pennsylvania, master’s degrees in arts administration and business administration from Southern Methodist University, and an undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

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