Amy McNair

Professor, Chinese Art
Primary office:
209-A Spencer Museum of Art

1989 Ph.D. in Art History, University of Chicago
1982 M.A. in Art History, University of Washington
1978 B.A. in Art History, University of Oregon
Professional Experience
2008- present University of Kansas, Professor
1998-2008 University of Kansas, Associate Professor
1992-98 University of Kansas, Assistant Professor
1991 University of Southern California, Lecturer

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. Topic: "Lives of the Imperial Painters: Chinese Biographies in Translation," a translation of the 12th-century Catalogue of the Imperial Painting Collection in the Proclaiming Harmony Era.

Selected Publications
"The Ending of the Law and the Hope of Salvation: Some 6th Century Chinese Buddhist Sculptures in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art," Orientations 39, no.8 (Nov/Dec 2008): 80-84 [PDF article]

"Ways of Reading and Writing in Medieval Chinese Relief Shrines: Examples from Guyang Grotto, Longmen," Zurich Studies in the History of Art 13/14 (2006-07): 186-205  [PDF article]
Donors of Longmen: Faith, Politics, and Patronage in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007.

"The Relief Sculptures in the Binyang Central Grotto at Longmen and the 'Problem' of Pictorial Stones," in Between Han and Tang: Visual and Material Culture in a Transformative Period, ed. Wu Hung, Beijing: Wenwu Press, 2003, 157-89

"Buddhist Literati and Literary Monks: Social and Religious Elements in the Critical Reception of Zhang Jizhi's Calligraphy," in Cultural Intersections in Later Chinese Buddhism, ed. Marsha Weidner, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2001, pp. 73-86 [PDF article]

"On the Tang-dynasty Patronage of Nuns at the Wanfo Grotto, Longmen," Artibus Asiae LIX, 3/4 (2000):161- 188.

The Upright Brush: Yan Zhenqing's Calligraphy and Song Literati Politics. Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 1998.

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