Art Historian + Curator + Photographer

Maria V. Garth is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Rutgers University. She studies modern and contemporary art with a specialization in Russian and Soviet art and visual culture and the history and theory of photography. As a Dodge Avenir Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum, she works in the Department of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art as part of a curatorial team, conducting research and helping organize exhibitions of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Maria earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has a B.F.A. in Visual Art with a photography emphasis from Boise State University.


Garth, Maria. “George Kennan’s Photography Collection of Political Exiles in Labor Camps of Late Imperial Siberia.” Journal of Russian American Studies, 6.2 (2022), 120–145.

Garth, Maria. “Issues, Challenges, and Insights: Art Historical Research on Latvian Art and Photography at the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA).” Proceedings of the National Library of Latvia, 9.29 (2022): 42-57.

Garth, Maria. “Soviet Avant-Gardes and Socialist Realism: Women Photographers Bridging the Divide, 1930s-1960s.” Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, 1.2 (2022): 188-220.

Garth, Maria. Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection. Exhibition catalog, 2021.

Garth, Maria. “Painting, Photography, and Radical Depictions of Gender: Franz Gertsch and Lissa Rivera.” SEQUITUR Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Fall 2019).

Garth, Maria. “Memory and History in the Archive: Photographs of Political Dissidents in Forced Labor Camps in Late Nineteenth-Century Siberia.” Master’s thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018.

Recent Exhibitions

Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection
(April 29-October 17, 2021),
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

maria.garth [at]