Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Maria Zavialova received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. As TMORA’s Chief Curator and Head of Exhibitions & Collections, she has curated more than fifty exhibitions at the museum. She also works on independent curatorial projects and writes for art catalogues. She is an award-winning translator of African American women writing into Russian, a co-director of the folk performance group Nitka, and a board member of the American Siberian Educational Foundation.