Dr. Nancy Wilkinson is fascinated with cultural crossroads, especially the network of perceptions, biases and borrowings that has developed as a result of contact between Asia and the West. Her M.A. is in Asian art history from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where her focus was nineteenth and twentieth-century Western art. Her research area is the influence of Japanese art and culture on British design during the second half of the nineteenth century. As a member of the OSU Art Department, she has taught Chinese and Japanese art, as well as European art from the Greek period to the twentieth century. For several years she also taught Western humanities in the Honors College. She has a rich and diverse background in international teaching, research and travel. She served in the Peace Corps in Thailand as a teacher for two years. She has been a faculty member on Semester at Sea, where she taught world art and architecture on an around-the-world voyage in 1985 and Asian art on a voyage to nine countries in East and Southeast Asia in summer 2006. She has had Fulbright fellowships to both India and China. In 2001 taught in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, as part of an OSU-USIA grant. In summer 2003, she conducted a tour of southern Europe for art students, and in spring 2004, she represented the OSU School of International Studies on a trip to China to pursue programs with Chinese universities. In May and June 2005, she co-taught a course on Venetian art and literature at OSU’s campus near Venice, Italy. Her research has taken her to New York City and London for extended periods. Her administrative experience includes serving as Head of the Art Department (1990-98), Director of OSU’s Gardiner Art Gallery (1992-95), Chair of the OSU Faculty Council (1998-99) and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of International Studies (2003-2006).
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