Rhys Himsworth
Director, VCUQatar Painting + Printmaking Department

Rhys Himsworth received his BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2003, and his MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2009. He taught as a visiting faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University's Richmond campus, where he continues to be a regular visiting artist and lecturer. He is currently the Director of Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University's campus in Doha, Qatar. Here he heads up the first fine art program in the country's history and has, together with his colleagues, founded Fanoon: Center For Printmedia Research. He also oversees and coordinates the university's artist in residence program. Himsworth has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, The University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in the US. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, North America and the Middle East including solo shows at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and ‘Entropy’ in Doha, Qatar. He also took part in the biennial ‘Locws International’ in Swansea, UK, 2011 and the India Art Fair in New Delhi in 2015. 

Zach Stensen
Printer & Program Coordinator, Fanoon: Center for Printmedia Research
Assistant Professor & Studio Technician, VCUQatar Painting + Printmaking Department

Zach Stensen holds an MFA in Printmaking and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa. His practice encompasses drawing, printmedia, and artist books, and seeks to explore the grey area that exists between personal history and self-mythology. He has shown in over 50 national and international exhibitions, including installation projects with his artist collective, The Four-Footed Fellows Correspondence Club. Zach's work is in over 20 collections including the University of Minnesota Libraries, Special Collections and Rare Books; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohler Art Library Artists’ Book Collection; and Kyoto University, Japan. Zach has been an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar since 2011, and has acted as Master Printer for all Fanoon projects since the program's inception. 

Emelina Soares
Studio Assistant, Fanoon: Center for Printmedia Research

Emelina Soares recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and a minor in Art History. She is currently pursuing an MA in Museum and Gallery Practices at University College of London Qatar campus as a part-time student, graduating in 2017. She has been the recipient of three yearly merit scholarships during her education at VCUQ. She was also granted a complete merit scholarship at UCLQ, alongside an awarded studio for a nine-month Art residency program at the Fire Station (Heritage site) in Qatar.

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