Stephen Urchick is a first year PhD student studying 19th century art with a focus in Russia and the painting of the Peredvizhniki Association. He received his BA in Art History from the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate, he interned with the education department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the development department at the Gene Siskel Film Center. He also facilitated tours and special programs at the Smart Museum of Art and wrote on culture for a community news magazine covering Chicago’s South Side. Stephen’s previous work at the intersection of the arts and public life informs his current research interest in the politics and practices of Russian realism.