Zoë Dostal

Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellow

Zoë Dostal is the 2022–2024 Kress Predoctoral Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art and a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Her dissertation argues that rendering textile labor visible in eighteenth-century British art reveals that manufacturing, imperialism, and the visual arts were financially, materially, and ideologically enmeshed processes. This project, titled “Rope, Linen, Thread: Gender, Labor, and the Textile Industry in Eighteenth-Century British Art,” has been supported by the Huntington Library, the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Zoë has a BA in art history from Vassar College and an MA from The Courtauld Institute, and she has held curatorial internships at The Courtauld Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.