Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

PhD, 2008, Art History, University of Kansas
Morris Family Fellow
Dissertation: Representing the Daoist God Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior, in Late Imperial China, advisor:  Marsha Haufler

MA, 1999, Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA Thesis:  In the Service of the Tangut Xia: Conscious Heterogeneity in the Buddhist Murals of Cave 3 at Yulin, advisor:  Julia K. Murray

BA, Asian Studies, Vassar College


academic experience

Research Associate, Affiliate Faculty
Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Kansas, 2018-present

Assistant Professor of East Asian Art
Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University, 2009-2018

Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Art
Department of Art, Vassar College, 2007-2009

Adjunct Instructor of Asian Art
Department of Art, The College of New Jersey, 2007

Graduate Teaching Instructor of Record, East Asian Art
Department of Art History, University of Kansas, 1999-2004


museum experience

Curatorial Consultant, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Pacific Asia Museum
Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China, 2015

Co-curator (with John Ewing), Cleveland Museum of Art
Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals of the Bamboo Forest, 2013

Project Curatorial Associate, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Faces of Avalokiteshvara: Buddhism and the Power of Compassion, 2005-2006

Docent Training Consultant, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Chinese Galleries, 2004-2005


PUBLICATIONS

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee and Chinese Art Collecting in Postwar America. University of California Press, June 2018.

“Daoist Sculpture.” Grove Encyclopedia of Asian Art & Architecture. Oxford University Press, 2018.

“Tea Taste Democracy and Upside-Down Objects.” Video catalogue with Yoko Inoue, SPACES Gallery, July 2017.

“Ming Imperial Patronage of the Wudang Mountains and the Daoist God Zhenwu.” Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China. Exhibition catalogue. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Pacific Asia Museum. Scala, 2015: 49-54, 149-167, 208. Essay and catalogue entries on objects from Wudangshan Museum. 

“The Right Stuff:  Chinese Art Treasures’Landing in Early 1960s America.” The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures,Michelle Y. L. Huang, ed. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014: 201-228.

Review of Minna Törmä. Osvald Sirén’s Journey into Chinese Art. Hong Kong University Press, 2013. CAA Reviews.org, Summer 2014.

“Paintings, Politesse, and Petromania: Sherman E. Lee and the Art and Archaeology Delegation Trip to China in 1973.” Archives of American Art Journal, Smithsonian Institution52, no. 1-2 (Fall 2013): 34-42.

“Transcendence, Thunder, and Exorcism: Images of the Daoist Patriarch Zhang Daoling in Paintings and Prints.” On Telling Images of China: Essays on Narrative and Figure Painting, Shane McCausland and Yin Hwang, eds. Hong Kong University Press, 2013: 61-88.

Entries on Chinese and Japanese Contemporary Artists: Cai Yuan, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo, Guan Wei, Song Dong, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wucius Wong, Wu Shanzhuan, and Zeng Fanzhi. The Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists, eds. Kandice Rawlings and Pamela Kember, Oxford University Press, November 2012.

Entries on Daoist figures: Lü Dongbin, Wang Zhe, Bixia Yuanjun, and Tianhou/Mazu. The Encyclopedia of Holy People, ABC-CLIO, December 2004.


"Curators, Collectors, and Dealers: Exhibiting Chinese Painting in Postwar America." Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Studies in Postwar America. Jason Kuo, ed. New Academia Publishing, forthcoming 2019 (book chapter complete, volume under contract).

“Apotheosis, Ascension and Intervention: Visual and Imaginative Pilgrimages Amidst Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain” (journal article for Artibus Asiae

Visualizing Perfection: Representing the Daoist God Zhenwu in Late Imperial China (monograph project)

“Imagining Immortal Patriarchs: Representing Xu Xun and Lü Dongbin in Ming and Qing China” (journal article for Daoism: Religion, History, and Society)

"Dealer Exhibitions of Chinese Art in the 1960s and 1970s" (article for the Journal of the History of Collections)

WORK IN PROGRESS


Dredging the Deep End: Expanding the Parameters of Chinese Art History Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 2016

Re-presenting Asian Art in American and European Museums
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association International Congress, 2014

Collecting East Asian Art in North America (with Christine Y. Hahn)
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, 2013

The Roles of Acquisition: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in Europe, the United States, Britain, and Australia during the Early to Middle Twentieth Century
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2010

CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED 


“Performing Zhenwu: Material and Immaterial Dimensions of Daoist Experience in an Early Ming Album”
Vision and Visualization in Art, Alchemy, and Ritual: Exploring Daoist Modes of Perception
American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Denver, November 2018

“Traversing Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain in Bronze” 
International Daoist Studies Conference, Beijing, June 2018

“An American Epicenter: Collecting and Exhibiting Chinese Paintings in the 1940s and 1950s”
Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Studies in Postwar America, May 2018

“Visual and Imaginative Pilgrimages Amidst Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain”
Views from the Sunflower Terrace Symposium, University of Kansas, Oct 2017

“Traversing Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain:Sculptural Journeys of Transmission, Pilgrimage and Authority in the Wudang Mountains”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, April 2016

“Landscapes of Opportunity in Postwar America: Sherman E. Lee’s 1954 Chinese Landscape Paintingin Cleveland” 
Ideas of Asia in the Museum Symposium
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the University of Southern California, 2015

“Missives, Index Cards, and Invoices: Reconstructing the History of Sherman E. Lee’s Chinese Painting Collecting in Postwar America” 
Maintaining the Past: Collecting and Collectors in Twenty-First Century Museums
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2014

Ideas of Asia in the Museum
Discussant
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 2014

“Cleaning Up and Coming Out: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting and Exhibitions of Chinese Painting in the 1950s”  
Re-presenting Asian Art in American and European Museums
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2014

“Coming Out in Cleveland: Sherman E. Lee’s Chinese Landscape Paintingand Early Acquisitions (1952-57)”
Collecting East Asian Art in North America
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, 2013

“Imagining Immortal Patriarchs: Portraits of Xu Xun and LüDongbin in Ming and Qing China” 
Strategies and Discourses: Exploring the Complexities of Figural Portrayals in Chinese Art
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 2013

“Numinous Responses, Celestial Registers and Visualization Journeys: Exploring Daoist Visual Experiences of Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior, in Ming China” 
Icons, Charts, and Talismanic Scripts: Daoist Visual Culture Workshop
Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, 2012

“Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman Lee’s Collecting, Connoisseurship, and Canon of Chinese Painting in the 1950s-60s”
Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, 2012

“Grottoes, Exorcism, and the Northern Dipper: Representing the Daoist Master Zhang Daoling in Ming and Qing China”
Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference, 2011

“Revisiting Grottoes and Springs: Daoist Narrative Paintings of the Ming and Early Qing” for Telling Images of China: Narrative and Figure Paintings from the Shanghai Museum Colloquium, Dublin, 2010

“Before and Beyond: Exhibiting and Expanding the Chinese Collection of Charles Lang Freer, 1910s and 1924-42” 
The Roles of Acquisition: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in Europe, the United States, Britain, and Australia during the Early to Middle Twentieth Century
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2010

“Ascension and Intervention: Visual Narratives of Zhenwu” 
International Daoist Studies Conference, Mt. Wudang, China, 2009

“Theophanies, Miracles, and Conversions: Constructing Visual Narratives for Zhenwu” 
Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2009

“Teaching Asia: Images and Material Culture in the Classroom and Beyond”
New York Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2008

“Building Luna Insight Collections for Teaching Chinese Visual Culture”
Teaching with Technology Forum, Vassar College, 2008

“Investigating the Appeal of Images of Zhenwu [the Perfected Warrior]: A Study of the British Museum’s Bronze Sculpture” for Continuity and Change: The Evolution of Daoist Art  
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2005

“Oracle Bone Script in the Twentieth Century” for Fresh Ink Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Brushed Voices: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 2000

“In the Service of the Tangut Xia: Conscious Heterogeneity in the Buddhist Murals of Cave 3 at Yulin”
Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, 1999

CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIA
PAPERS PRESENTED


“Episodes in the History of Studying and Exhibiting Chinese Art in Postwar America”
Brandeis University, November 2018

“Sherman E. Lee and Collecting Chinese Art in Postwar America”
Cleveland Museum of Art, November 2018

“Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman Lee and Chinese Art Collecting in Postwar America”
Asia Week, Christie’s, New York, March 2018

“Daoist Visual Culture of the Ming in the Wudang Mountains and Beyond”
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, November 2015

“Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting”
Friends of Art Gallery Talk, Cleveland Museum of Art, November 2015

“Sherman Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art for Cleveland”
Division of Institutional Advancement, Cleveland Museum of Art, July 2015

“Bringing Home the Five-Legged Cow: Sherman E. Lee as a Collector of Chinese Art”
Allen Memorial Museum of Art, Oberlin College, February 2015

“Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art”
Asia Week, Sotheby’s, New York, September 2014

Sherman Lee’s Collecting of Chinese and Japanese Art for Cleveland”
Centennial Gallery Talk, Cleveland Museum of Art, January 2014

“Landscapes of Opportunity: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Painting for Cleveland”
Lifelong Learning Program, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

“An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting:  Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter”
Center for Asian Studies, University of South Carolina, 2013

“An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting in Cleveland: Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter”
Faculty Work-in-Progress Lecture, Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, 2013E

INVITED LECTURES AND
GALLERY TALKS


2018:  Nominee, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring, Case Western Reserve University

2018:  Nominee, Carl Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, Case Western Reserve University

2017: W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development Grant, Case Western Reserve University

2016: Mellon Foundation Grant for Graduate Seminar on Daoist Visual Culture

2014: Mellon Foundation Grant for Graduate Seminar on Collecting and Exhibiting Chinese Art in the Museum

2013-2014: Glennan Fellowship for Teaching and Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University

2013:  W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development Grant, Case Western Reserve University

2013:  Nominee, Bruce Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, CWRU

2012:  Travel to Foreign Collections Grant, Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University

2012:  Nominee, Carl Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve University

2012:  Learning Fellow, University Center for Innovation in Teaching & Education, Case Western Reserve University

2011:  W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development Grant, Case Western Reserve University

2010:  Freedman Fellow, Freedman Digital Library and Multimedia Center, Case Western Reserve University

2008-2009: Travel Grant for Conference Presentations, Vassar College

2004-2005: Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation  

2003-2004: Louise Hackney Fellowship for Chinese Art, American Oriental Society

2002:  Honors, Doctoral Comprehensive Exams, University of Kansa

2002-2003, 2000-2001, 1998-1999:  Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

2002:  Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, Dept of Art History, University of Kansas

2001, 2005: Travel Grant, Department of Art History, University of Kansas

2000-2001: Laurence Sickman Scholarship, Department of Art History, University of Kansas   

2000: Marilyn Stokstad Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Art History, University of Kansas

1999-2002:  Morris Family Fellowship, Department of Art History, University of Kansas 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS,
AND AWARDS 


Podcast Host, New Books in Art and East Asian Studies, 2018-present

Search Committee, East Asian Bibliographer, Ingalls Library, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2014

Search Committee, Curator of Japanese Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2014

Manuscript Reviewer, Archives of Asian Art, 2011-present

Manuscript Reviewer, Artibus Asiae, 2010-present

Book Reviewer, Journal of Asian StudiesCAA Reviews, Journal of Chinese Religions

Grant Reviewer, International Dissertation Research Fellowship Competition (IDRF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Lecturer, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia: Ohio Chapter, 2011-2018

EXTERNAL AND PROFESSIONAL
SERVICE


Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University:

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2010-2017

Advisor for All Undergraduate Art History Majors, 2010-2017

Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, 2010-2018

Roman Art Tenure-track Search Committee, 2013 

Curriculum Committee, 2013-2014

Undergraduate Education Committee, 2013-2014

Medieval Art Tenure-track Search Committee, 2010

Art History Curriculum Committee, Cleveland Museum of Art and CWRU Joint Art History Graduate Program, 2009-2010

College and University, Case Western Reserve University: 

Advisory Committee, Asian Studies Program, 2010-2018

Faculty Development Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, 2015-2017

Steering Committee, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, 2011-2016

Faculty Task Force for Strategic Plan, College of Arts and Sciences, 2014

First-Year Student Advisor, 2009-2014

Ad-Hoc Committee, International Studies Program, Spring 2012, Spring 2016

DEPARTMENT, COLLEGE, AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE


Case Western Reserve University:
Introductory and Advanced Surveys:
Arts of Asia
Arts of East Asia
Arts of China
Arts of Japan
Buddhist Arts of Asia
Chinese Painting
Daoism: Visual Culture, History, and Practice
Chinese and Korean Buddhist Art
Visual Exchanges in Modern Chinese and Japanese Painting, 1860-1960
Chinese Contemporary Art

Art History Majors Research and Methodology Seminar: 
The Roles of Acquisition: Collecting, Exhibiting, and Interpreting Chinese Art for the Museum

Writing-Intensive Seminars for Undergraduates: 
Imaging Nature: Visual and Literary Landscape Arts of China
Identity and Activism in Chinese and Japanese Contemporary Art

Graduate Seminars: 
Convening Celestial Courts in Chinese Daoism
History of Collecting and Exhibiting Chinese Art in the Twentieth Century  
Chinese Art: Nineteenth Century to Now

Senior Honors Theses:
Derek Reinbold (2014), “Li Hua and the Modern Chinese Woodcut”

Independent Study Projects:
Tian Yang (2018), "Mural Painting Techniques at Yonglegong"

Sophie Yangpiaopiao Gong (2017), “Pan Lang in Japanese Ink Paintings: The Mystery of a Chinese Recluse Riding Backward on a Donkey" 

Shaun Head (2016), “Music and Aesthetics in the Paintings of Uragami Gyokudo and Ema Saiko”

Graduate Methodology Projects
Bing Wang (2015), “Narratives of Sima Guang in Late Ming Ceramics and Woodblock-printed Books”

Lucy Ruowan Yan (2014), “Beyond Birds and Bamboo: Considering the Chronology and Context of Lin Liang’s A Pair of Peacocks

MA Qualifying Papers:
Allison Slenker (2016), “Cross-Cultural and Cross-Temporal Connections Between Chinese Longquan and Korean Goryeo Greenware Ceramics”

Lucy Ruowan Yan (2015), “Referent | Reflection: Representation in Chen Hongshou’s Miscellaneous Studies”

Vassar College:
Arts of China
Arts of Japan
History of Art I and II  

Art History Majors Seminar:  
Chinese Art: Nineteenth Century to Now

Senior Theses:
Nicole Weindling (2009), “汉字 or 憨子: Simplification Reforms of the 1950s-70s and Text-based Art of the 1980s-90s”

Rachel Nease (2009), “There is Yet Another Hell: Jigoku Zōshi and Gaki Zōshi in Late Twelfth Century Japan”

Jade Lopez (2009), “From New York to Tokyo: Japanese Appropriation of Hip-Hop Media”

University of Kansas:
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Japan
Daoism and the Arts of China
Introduction to Asian Art

COURSES TAUGHT


American Academy of Religion: Daoist Studies
Arts of China Consortium
Association for Asian Studies
College Art Association
Daoist Studies Scholars
Japan Art History Forum
National Academic Advising Association
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


English, Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese
Japanese (reading knowledge), French (reading knowledge)

Languages


REFERENCES Upon request