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Art, Architecture + Art History

Tatiana Sizonenko, PhD

Lecturer, Art History

Tatiana Sizonenko is an art historian, curator, and educator. Sizonenko received her Ph.D. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation, “Artists as Agents in Venice, 1450-1550: The Artistic Exchange and Cultural Translation between Venice and Constantinople—The Case of Gentile Bellini,” examines instances of artistic exchange in the context of diplomacy and politics in the Mediterranean. In addition, her work has focused on the interrelations between artists and humanists in sixteenth century Renaissance art. Several of her conference papers discuss the influence of humanist debates in Venice on the works by Gentile Bellini and Giorgione.


PhD, University of California, San Diego, Art History, Theory, and Criticism
MA, John F. Kennedy University, Museum Studies
Diploma (MA equivalent), Leningrad State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, Art History

Scholarly and Creative Work

Sizonenko's research and teaching has been informed by her wide-ranging curatorial practice. Recently, as a curatorial fellow at the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego, she has conducted a detailed study and attribution of the sitter in Bartolomeo Veneto’s Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress—the Museum’s masterpiece. As a curatorial fellow for the Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities’ Art Gallery at UCSD, she prepared two exhibitions, Cross-Disciplinary Productions and Hyper-Local Identities: The San Diego Effect, celebrating the artistic identity of the Visual Arts Department. She also served as curator of collections and special exhibitions at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. Previously, she co-curated with Dr. Nicholas Constas Faces of Eternity: The Icon Collection of Louis and Carole McMillen at the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, MA, and organized a number of exhibitions of contemporary Russian-American artists in Boston, MA. Before coming to the U.S., she held the position of assistant curator in the Department of Medieval Art at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the premier National museum and research center for Russian art.

Sizonenko has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships, including: Timken Art Museum Fellowship, UCSD (Summer-Fall 2011); Dean of the Arts and Humanities Office’s Travel Grant for Dissertation Research and Writing, UCSD (2010-2011); Dean of the Arts and Humanities Curatorial Fellowship, UCSD (2010-2011); Russell Grant for Dissertation Research, Visual Arts Department, UCSD (2009); Friends of the International Center Scholarship, UCSD (2009); Collaboratories Fellowship, “The Search for the Battle of Anghiari,” Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Calit2, UCSD Division, La Jolla, CA (2008-2009); Visual Arts Department Fellowship for Winter Residency at the Department of Art History and Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2008); UC San Diego Fellowship (2005-2007); National Fellowship for Distinguished Scholarship in Art History, Russia (1999); National Fellowship for Distinguished Scholarship in Sciences, Russia (1989-1990).

Teaching Interests

In both university and museum settings, Sizonenko has taught courses on western art from ancient to contemporary with a strong focus on the intended function of art objects in their historical settings and cultural contexts. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Renaissance Art at University of San Diego, and Art Appreciation at Grossmont College. In summer of 2013, she was Visiting Professor at ONPS/Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan. At the University of California San Diego, she has taught a sequence of survey classes in the comparative history of world civilizations, ancient through modern; art history survey classes, ancient through modern. Prior to UCSD, Sizonenko was instructor-of-record at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Design in St. Petersburg (Russia), where she taught Byzantine and Medieval art.