Amy McNair


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  • Professor, Chinese Art

Education

Ph.D. in Art History, University of Chicago, 1989
M.A. in Art History, University of Washington, 1982
B.A. in Art History, University of Oregon, 1978

Selected Publications

Xuanhe Catalogue of Paintings: An Annotated Translation with an Introduction, Cornell East Asian Series, 2019.

“Letters as Calligraphy Exemplars: The Long and Eventful Life of the Imperial Commissioner Liu Letter by Yan Zhenqing (709-785),” in A History of Chinese Letters and Epistolary Culture. Edited by Antje Richter. Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 53-96.

“Brushwork and Beyond: The Study of Chinese Calligraphy in America and Europe,” in Proceedings from the 2014 College Art Association Distinguished Scholar Session in Honor of Wen C. Fong, Princeton: P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 2015, pp. 43–62. 

“Calligraphy.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Chinese Studies. Edited by Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Patronage of Buddhist Buildings and Sovereignty in Medieval China: Four Cases from the Northern Wei Dynasty.” In Stifter und Mäzene und ihre Rolle in der Religion: Von Königen, Mönchen, Vordenkern und Laien in Indien, China und anderen Kulturen. Edited by Barbara Schuler. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013, pp. 19-42.

“Looking at Chinese Calligraphy:  The Anxiety of Anonymity and Calligraphy from the Periphery.” In Looking at Asian Art.  Edited by Katherine R. Tsiang and Martin J. Powers.  Chicago: The Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, 2012, pp. 53-74.

Awards & Honors

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.

Service

Professional Experience

2008- Present —Professor, University of Kansas
1998-2008 —Associate Professor, University of Kansas
1992-1998 —Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
1991 —Lecturer, University of Southern California


Ph.D. Dissertations Directed

Zhu, Ying. “The Color of Taste: Boneless Landscape in the Late Ming Dynasty,” in progress.

Zhao, Yi, "Images of Buddhist Heavens and Pure Lands in Early Medieval China (Third to Sixth Century CE)," in progress.

Gao, Ruiying, “Collating Nature as Culture: Materia Medica Images in Ming China,” in progress.

Tong, Meng. “Visualizing the Buddha’s Prophecies in Dunhuang Cave Murals (ca. 6th -10th centuries),” in progress.

Zhu, Pinyan, "Longmen under Emperor Wu Zhao (r. 690–705): A Visionary Experience of the Heavenly Cemetery, Statues, and Huayan Buddhism," 2022.

Yan, Weitian, “Envisioning Antiquity: Yi Bingshou and the Politics of Memory in the Qing Dynasty,” 2022.

Liu, Ai-lian, “Yang Weizhen (1296–1370) and the Social Art of Painting Inscriptions,” 2011.

Kucera, Karil, “Cliff Notes: Text and Image at Baodingshan,” 2002.