(photo by Jonel Jugueta)

Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair
Office Room 142A / 808.956.8717 / lingley@hawaii.edu
RESEARCH AREAS – Art History of China: Medieval Buddhist art, art patronage, portraiture, the social history of art, history of dress, textile history

Professor Lingley’s research focuses on Buddhist votive sculpture of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, with a particular interest in the social history of religious art. Her dissertation was a study of donor figures as public self-representations by Buddhist art patrons in the sixth century. She is interested in the social significance of representation, religious practice, and identity, especially ethnic identity, in a period in which non-Chinese peoples ruled much of North China. This has led to a further interest in Chinese identity in a range of historical periods. The relationship between dress and identity, especially along the Silk Road, has given rise to a second body of research on dress and textiles in medieval China. Professor Lingley’s most recent public project was an exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy from Honolulu collections, that focused on the work of reformers of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the representation of identity in Northern Dynasties China by examining the relationship between tomb portraits and donor portraits from the same period. Her teaching covers the range of Chinese art history from the Neolithic to the present day.

PhD – University of Chicago, 2004
MA – University of Chicago, 1998
BA – Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1994

• “Lady Yuchi in the First Person: Patronage, History, and Voice in the Guyang Cave.” Early Medieval China vol. 18 (2012).
The Reformer’s Brush: Modernity and Traditional Media in China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, 2011.
• “The Patron and the Community in Eastern Wei Shanxi: the Gaomiaoshan Cave Temple Yi-society.” Asia Major vol. 23, part I, 2010.
• “Naturalizing the Exotic: On the changing meanings of ethnic dress in medieval China.” Ars Orientalis vol. 38, 2010.
Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, 2007.
• “The Multivalent Donor: Zhang Yuanfei at Shuiyusi.” In Archives of Asian Art, v. 56, 2006.

2009 Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

ART 175 (History of Global Art I)
ART 371 (Art of Medieval Europe)
ART 385 (Art and Culture of Early China)
ART 386 (Art and Culture of Later China)
ART 395 (Art-Historical Methodology)
ART 486 (Traditional Chinese Painting)
ART 487 (Modern and Contemporary Art of China)
ART 688 (Topics in the Art of China)
Past topics include:
Fall 2004: Buddhist Sculpture of Medieval China
Fall 2005: Representing Ethnic Identity in Premodern China
Fall 2006: Dunhuang Art and Culture
Spring 2008: Discourses of Art in 20th-century China
Fall 2008: Tomb Sculpture and the Spaces of Funerary Art
Spring 2011: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 1840-1960
Spring 2014: Art on the Margins of the Chinese Empire

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