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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2002               Ph.D. Southeast Asian art history (Indonesia)   

                       Dissertation “Weaving Flesh and Blood into Sacred Architecture: Ornamental Stories of Candi Loro                        Jonggrang”             


1996               M.A. South and Southeast Asian Studies    

                       Thesis “Stone Cloth: Representations of Textiles at Candi Loro Jonggrang”           


Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

1992                B.F.A. in Fine and Communicating Arts (cum laude

                        Senior Exhibition: “Weaving Paint: Sculpting Cloth”         





Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2010- present  Associate Professor of Art, Frostic School of Art, College of Fine Arts

                         art history area coordinator 2006-08, 2014-present


2004-2010        Assistant Professor of Art, Frostic School of Art, College of Fine Arts                     

                         Design and teach undergraduate and graduate level classes in Asian and other non-Western                                    topics


2005-present   Founder / Director, Arts in Java program, Frostic School of Art

                         This extra-curricular program creates and facilitates opportunities for exchange between                                          Indonesian and American artists, scholars, and art students.


Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2003-04            Visiting Assistant Professor, History of Art Department     

                         Designed and taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Asia-Pacific art


The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1997, 2001       Teaching Fellow, History of Art Department   

                         Designed and taught summer-term undergraduate classes


1995-2002       Graduate Student Instructor, History of Art Department    

                        Assisted professors in wide range of art history classes as section instructor, grader, and advisor


University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1994-95           Instructor, American Studies graduate program    

                        Designed and taught two American art history classes (modernism and “outsider” art)





2015                KADI mini-grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo


2013-14           Instructional Development Project Grant, Western Michigan University

                        (month-long research trip in Australia)


2012                National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at the American Academy of Rome, Italy,” June 25-July 27, 2012



2010-11           Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award, Western Michigan University


Fall 2010 &     Sabbatical award, Western Michigan University

Fall 2011         Sabbatical award, Western Michigan University


2010                Japan Studies Association residency, Freeman Summer Institute, Tokai University, Honolulu, May 23-June 13, 2010


2009                Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Grant, Western Michigan University


2008-09           Support for Faculty Scholarship Award, Western Michigan University


2007                Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Agus Ismoyo Isnugroho and Nia Fliam

                        (I conceived and authored this grant to bring these renowned batik artists from Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia to teach two terms at the                                                               Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University)


2005-06           Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fellow, Western Michigan U


2005                College of Fine Arts Technology Fellow, Western Michigan University       


2000-01           Mellon Dissertation Fellow, The University of Michigan     


1999                United States - Indonesian Society, Washington, D.C. Fieldwork Grant     


1999                International Institute, The University of Michigan, Dissertation Fellowship    


1998-99           Research Fellowship in Southeast Asian Art History, The University of Michigan    


1995-96           Foreign Language and Asian Studies Fellowship: Doctoral Studies    


1994-95           Fulbright Fellowship for Research in Indonesia    





2009                University of Hong Kong travel grant (conference presentation)


2009, 2010      Faculty Development and Faculty Research Travel funding, Western Michigan

2013                University (Turkey, Rome, Australia, Indonesia)


2004, 2007      Faculty Development funding, Western Michigan University

2013                (EUROSEAS conferences – Sorbonne, Paris, France, L’Orientale, Naples, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal)


2006, 2009      International Education Faculty Development Funding, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Western Michigan University


2003                Lister Foundation (archival and collection research in Holland, UK, and Australia)


2002                Lister Foundation (Indonesian fieldwork in Sumatra and Java)


1995, 2000,

2001                Rackham Grant, The University of Michigan (fieldwork in Thailand, Cambodia, The Netherlands, England, France, and Indonesia)


2000                Freer grant and International Institute, The University of Michigan (India)


1999                Freer grant and Art History Department, The University of Michigan

                        (site research in Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, and Indonesia)





Books (authored, edited)


Wearing Wealth & Styling Identity: Tapis from Sumatra, Indonesia, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, (Hanover, NH: 2009)


editor, Fiber Face: Cross-Cultural Batik Collaborations, Indonesia 2008, Rumah Budaya Babaran Segaragunung, (Yogyakarta, Indonesia: 2008)


Books (chapters) (*peer reviewed)


*“Narrative Place and Network Thinking: The Ramayana and Krishnayana in Early Java” Rethinking Visual Narratives in Asia, Dr. Alexandra Green, ed. University of Hong Kong Press, (Hong Kong: 2012)


“Batik, Collaboration, and Cultural Exchange: A Year of Artistic Exploration,” Fiber Face: Cross-Cultural Batik Collaborations, Indonesia 2008, Dr. Mary-Louise Totton, ed. Rumah Budaya Babaran Segaragunung, (Yogyakarta, Indonesia: 2008), 17-25


*“Cosmopolitan Tastes and Indigenous Designs: Virtual Cloth in a Javanese Candi,” in Textiles in Indian Ocean Societies, Dr. Ruth Barnes, ed. Routledge/Curazon, (London: 2005), 110-129


Journal Articles (*peer reviewed)


“Waxy Ornaments: Innovative Hybrids,” Surface Design Journal, (Winter 2012), 34-39


“Entang Wiharso, Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers,” C-Arts Magazine, vol. 21 (August-September 2011), 57-64.


*“The Pangolin: A Multivalent Memento in Indonesian Art” Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 39, n. 113, (March 2011), 7-28.


“Cat Crotchett’s “Little Mysteries II,” Majalah Visual Arts, (Jakarta: September, 2010)


*“Narrating Animals on the Screen of the World,” Art Bulletin, vol. LXXXV, n.1,  (March 2003), 6-24


“A Red Ikat Tapis: The Lands Beyond,” Bulletin of The Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 68, n.3,   (1994), 4-15


Exhibition essays, entries (*reviewed and edited)         


*“ Lavish Embellishments: The Textile Arts of Lampung,” Southeast Asian Arts, Dallas Museum of Arts, (forthcoming, 2012)


“Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers in Entang Wiharso’s Art,” Entang Wiharso, exhibition catalog, September, 2011            


*“Collage”, in l’exposition Dans Paris: Pameran lukisan Teguh Osterrik, French Cultural Council, (Jakarta, Indonesia: 1995) 2-5         


*Court, Village and Monastery, The Detroit Institute of Arts, (Detroit: 1994) 1-12


*Masterpieces: The Detroit Institute of Arts Handbook, The Detroit Institute of Arts, (Detroit: 1994), 5 entries


To Love: To War, University of Michigan Museum of Art, (Ann Arbor, MI: 1994), 1-7


*“Red Ikat Tapis,” The Friends of Asian Art Newsletter, The Detroit Institute of Arts, (Detroit: Spring 1992) 2-5



BOOK REVIEWS (peer reviewed)


“Securing a place: Small-scale artisans in modern Indonesia,” Elizabeth Morrell, in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 40, n.1 (February 2009), 219-220


“Treasure Hunting?  Collectors and Collections of Indonesian Artefacts,” eds. Reimar Schefold and Han F. Vermeulen, in Journal of Asian Studies, vol 66, n. 3, (August 2007), 871-873


“Architecture of Bali: A Source Book of Traditional and Modern Forms,” Made Widaya (Michael White), in Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 63, n. 2, (May 2004), 566-568


“Roy Jordaan’s Prambanan,” Ars Orientalis, Vol. XXVIII (1998), 125-126





Love Letters to Prambanan: An Anthology (working title in English- this text is being compiled and translated into Indonesian-to be published by Gadjah Mada University Press 2016


Tension and Pleasure: Figurative Art in Contemporary Indonesia (working title)


Linked to Last: Networked Architecture, Candi Loro Jonggrang, Prambanan, Java, Indonesia (working title)


book review, “Legacy in Cloth,” Sandra Niessen, in Journal of Asian Studies





International  (refereed)


“Re-interpreting Lampung Tampan: A Case Study of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Collection,” EUROSEAS (European Southeast Asian Symposium), Lisbon, Portugal, July 2-5, 2013.


“Network Thinking as Interpretative Tool: Central Java’s Prambanan,”13th international conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EUROseaa), Free University of Berlin, (September 27-October 1, 2010) (withdrew from conference due to financial constraints)


“Narrative Place and Network Thinking: The Ramayana and Krishnayana in Early Java,” Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives, University of Hong Kong (June 8-9, 2009)


“Ramayana Narratives at Loro Jonggrang and Networks of Water,” 3rd SSEASR Conference, Bali, Indonesia (June 3- 7, 2009)  (withdrew from conference due to time and financial constraints)


“Visualizing Lasting Memorials: Transmission of Multiple Messages via Networks of Complexity at Candi Loro Jonggrang,” 5th EUROSEAS  (European Southeast Asian Symposium), Naples, Italy (September 12-15, 2007)


“Provincial Efforts for a Higher National Profile in Indonesia—Through Textiles,” 4thEUROSEAS  (European Southeast Asian Symposium), Sorbonne, Paris, France (September 1-4, 2004)


“Tapis: Historical Textiles of South Sumatra,” Indonesian Textiles Symposium: Sari to Sarong, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AU (July 11-12, 2003)


“Trade and Art: Migrating Metaphors,” EurASEAA (European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists Conference), Sigtuna, Sweden (May 27-June 2, 2002)


“Animal Narrators, Early Panakawan? ” 3rd EUROSEAS (European Southeast Asian Symposium), SOAS, London, UK (September 6-8, 2001)


“The Foot—Sized to Fit: Indexical Animals of Candi Loro Jonggrang,” EurASEAA (European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists Conference), Tuscany, Italy (October 10-15, 2000)


“Surrogate Smells: Virtual Womb,” Uncommon Senses Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada  (April 27-29, 2000)


“The Textile Aesthetic: Historical Perspectives,” The International Conference on Textiles of Asia: Traditional Art, Crafts and Industry, National Museum of Indonesia and Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia (June 21-24, 1999)                                                                                     

“Medieval Maritime Trade and Ornamental Aesthetics: Links to Java,” Textiles in the Indian Ocean Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, UK (March 1999)              


“Stone Cloth: Womb Power,” The Fifth Women in Asia Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (October 2-5, 1997) 


United States (refereed)


“Batik as Collaborative Creative Process: Brahma Tirta Sari,” Textile Society of America, Honolulu, HI (September 24-27, 2008) (withdrew from conference due to financial constraints)


“Cosmopolitan Tastes and Indigenous Designs: Virtual Cloth in a Javanese Candi,” Southeast Regional Conference, AAS, Gainesville, FL (January 16-18, 2004)


“Puzzles and Pieces: Reconstructing the Candi Loro Jonggrang Pantheon,” American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium X, Baltimore, MD (November 9-11, 2001)


“Relics and Pripih: Candi Loro Jonggrang’s Buried Symbolism,” Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, IL (March 22-25, 2001)


“Sacred Offering or Prestigious Commodity? The Anteaters of Candi Loro Jonggrang,”                  

Crossroads and Commodification: A Symposium on Southeast Asian Art, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (March 24-26, 2000)


“The Womb within Ritual Space: Stone Textiles of a Ninth Century Temple,” American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium VIII, Charleston College, Charleston, SC (October 29-November 1, 1998)


“Stone Cloth: Reflections of Womb Power,” Indonesian Studies Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (1997)



Invited Public Lectures (selected)


“Healing Arts: A Personal Perspective,” Keynote speaker for WMU’s Graduate Student Conference, Western Michigan University, February 13, 2015


“Then, Then, and Now: Narrative Compositions of Indonesian Art,” Department of Art History, Cornell University, April 30, 2013


“Entang Wiharso and Contemporary Indonesian Art,” ArtSpeak, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, September 22, 2011 and October 8, 2011.


Weaving Guild of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI (February 9, 2010)


Frostic School of Art, Faculty Career lecture, Western Michigan University (November 12, 2009)


Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, opening lecture for Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity exhibition (April 17, 2009)


“Animals and Metaphors: Central Javanese Temples,” ArtSpeak, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (May 2007)


“Animals as Ornament, Symbol, and Subtext,” Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles   (November 7-23, 2000)


“The Art and Architecture of Thailand and Angkor,” Series of six lectures during Smithsonian Study Tour through Thailand and Cambodia, (November 29, 2000)


“Court, Village, and Monastery: South Asian Paintings,” The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (August 1994) 





Panel Chair and Moderator (invited) for “Southeast Asian Visuality and Religiosity”, American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) Biennial Symposium XIV, Denison University and Ohio State University, (October 16-18, 2009)


Panel Chair and Moderator (invited), “Sumatran Textile Arts,” Hood Museum of Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (April 19, 2009)


Chair and Creator of seminar, “FiberFace: Cross-Cultural Batik Collaborations of Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo,” with guest speakers Dr. Astri Wright, University of Victoria, Canada and artists Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo, Indonesia (March 13, 2008)


Co-Chair, “Memory, Social Creation, and Transmission,” 5th EUROSEAS  (European Southeast Asian Symposium), Naples, Italy (September 12-15, 2007)


Chair, “Is this Asian Art? Marginalized Asia and Asian Art beyond the Usual Fare,” College Art Association, Boston (February 22-25, 2006)


Chair,  “Art, History, and Asia: Challenging Established Canons,” Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco    (April 6-9, 2006)


Chair, Malaysian Visual Cultures, EUROSEAS, The Sorbonne, Paris (September 1-4, 2004)


Initiator and Co-producer of Art History Conference: “Crossroads and Commodification:  

A Symposium of Southeast Asian Art History,” University of Michigan (March 25 -26, 2000)

[Conceived and co-organized this international symposium that drew over 125 attendees.  Papers were organized thematically (In Search of Sources, New Research into Ancient Finds, Commodities and Transformations, Crossroads and Cycles, Narratives and Re-creations, and Sensitivities and Sensibilities) and also included a session on the digitalized archives of Southeast Asian art images held by the University of Michigan.  Participants and attendees (98) came from Europe, Asia, and North America.]





Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

2015                Consultant and object expert, Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan exhibition

                        January 19-August 20, 2015


Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

2008-09           Special Exhibition Curator                                         



Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University

2006-08, 2011 Special Exhibitions Faculty Curator                           


The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

1994                Curatorial Consultant, Department of Asian Art


1993                Founders Society Intern, Department of Asian Art


1991-92           City of Detroit Intern, Department of Asian Art





“Kun Adayana, Michigan Dreamings,” Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, December 1-12, 2013


“Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers, The Art of Entang Wiharso,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, (September 10-November 6, 2011) curator/facilitator


“Installation Arts: Indonesia” Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, Richmond Center for Visual Arts (September 8-October 7, 2011) curator


“Little Mysteries II: Encaustic Paintings of Cat Crotchett,” Babaran Segaragunung Culture House, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (July 1-7, 2009) facilitator


“Wearing Wealth & Styling Identity: Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia,” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, (April 11 – August 31, 2009) curator


“Pusaka: Collaborations Across Cultures / Batik Art at WMU 2008” Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (April 4- 10, 2008) co-curator


“Fiber Face: Cross Cultural Batik Collaborations, Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo, Indonesia 2008”

Netzorg-Kerr Gallery, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University

(January 10– March 25, 2008) curator

Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC (May 12- 30, 2008) co-curator

The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA (July 11-31, 2008) co-curator

Taman Budaya Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (October 18-27, 2008) co-curator


“Puppet Blues: Entang Wiharso” Gallery II, School of Art, Western Michigan University, (September 10 – October 1, 2006) co-curator


“Court, Village and Monastery: 120 South Asian Paintings from the Permanent Collection”

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan (June 25 – September 25, 1994) curator                   


“To Love: To War,” The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (January - February 1994) curator


“Expatriate Visions and Traditional Indian Painting,” Siena Heights College, Adrian, MI     (October - December1994) curator


“Rivertown Art Association Invitationals,” Detroit, MI (1990 & 1992) co-curator


“Detroit Council of Arts Gallery Invitational,” Rivertown Art Association, Detroit, MI (1990) co-curator


“Asian Folk Arts,” First Federal of Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI (1990) curator



All of my teaching, research, and curation inspire my painting. Conversely, my aesthetics inform my teaching, curation, writing, and interpretative work. Drawing inspiration from the many cultures of the Asia Pacific region, my process of color and mark making are akin to many traditional textile and body-adornment techniques. My current work seeks to resolve notions of identity, location, and narrative. My paintings have been exhibited internationally and reside in private collections in California, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, Indonesia, and Singapore.


EXHIBITIONS (selected most recent)

Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI (September 21 - October 9, 2016)

Open Studio, 316 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (May 2015 to present)


Frostic School of Art Faculty Show, Western Michigan University, (November 20 to December 12, 2014)


Double Take, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI (August 23, 2014 to January 18, 2015)


Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI (September 24-October 12, 2014)


Frostic School of Art Faculty Show, Western Michigan University, (November 21 to December 20, 2013)


Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI (September 18-October 6, 2013)



2010                Indonesian artist, Entang Wiharso, incorporated my short essay, Tolerance, in his sculpted series, Temple of Hope: Hit by a Bus. Collection of Singapore Art Museum.




2014                Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi and other books,

                        speaker for the University Center for Humanities Healing Arts series, October 23, 2014


2013                Michelle Oka Doner, international artist, based in NYC and Miami,

                        speaker for the University Center for Humanities (at the KIA) Changing Climates series,

                        (she also led two workshops for FSOA art students that resulted in two volumes of artist bound books

                        now in the WMU Rare Books collection), September 25-27, 2013


2013                Nia Filam and Agus Ismoyo, world- renowned batik artists based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia,

                        led a weekend workshop on batik for FSOA art students, “Batik and the Indonesian Creative Process,” October 18-19, 2013


2013                Visiting Ph.D. student and artist from Bali, Kun Adnyana.

                        I mentored his work on the topic of art criticism from August 25 to December 13, 2013.

                        During this semester, we toured regional museums and art collections, lectured (Dec. 2 for Modern Painting Society)

                        plus staged an exhibition of his work in the Frostic School of Art (Dec. 3-12).


2011                Sponsored renowned artists from Indonesia: Heri Dono, Entang Wiharso, and Arahmayani who installed original artwork

                        August 24 to September 7, 2011 for the exhibit, Installation Arts: Indonesia, in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts that I curated.

                        The artists met with dozens of students, spoke to classes and worked side by side with ten student assistants. .


                        Sponsored art historian Amanda Rath, from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, to discuss Indonesian contemporary arts

                        and the Installation Arts: Indonesia exhibit at the Frostic School of Art, September 20-23, 2011.


2010                Toured former Provost and Professor emeritus Timothy Light and Mrs. Joy Light in Java, Indonesia.

                        We viewed artist studios, private and public museums, and galleries for a week. November 2010


                        I also facilitated two College of Fine arts faculty members in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

                        Each gave a talk and workshops at ISI, the Art Institute of Indonesia.

                        [Associate professor Stan Pelkey, a music historian and Edward Harkness, Professor of Art] December 2010


2009                Facilitated Cat Crotchett, Professor of Art, FSOA, in the planning and execution of two several day encaustic workshops

                        for artists and art students in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with my help and connections in the community. Also toured with          

                        Professor Crotchett in Java and Bali for ten days. Her artwork has subsequently developed in new ways using batik implements and                                                                   patterns, June 2009.


2008                Hosted Professor Astri Wright, of The University of Victoria, Canada, to lead a seminar on batik arts and

                        contemporary Asia Pacific, March 2008.


                        Hosted artist Entang Wiharso and Christine Cocca, an arts management expert, to give a career workshop

                        and attend the arts seminar noted above, March 2008.


2007                Faculty sponsor and initiating author of a Fulbright SIR grant that brought Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo Isnugroho, batik artists from                                                                   Indonesia, to teach in the Frostic School of Art for the 2007-2008 school year. We staged two student exhibitions and also a large exhibit of Nia and                                       Ismoyo’s work during the year and did many community outreach workshops as well.


2006                Sponsored Entang Wiharso from Indonesia to install a one-man show of his work, give week long puppet workshops

                        for art education classes, meet with the study abroad students (see below), and speak to the entire FSOA about his art

                        and inspirations, September 2006. 


                        I initiated and implemented the Study Arts in Java program for ten students (8 undergrad and 2 graduate students)

                        who studied the historical monuments in Central Java and also contemporary art making with co-teachers who are renowned, 

                        globally engaged artists from Java. July, 2006.




1986-1994       Owner and Operator of Asian Arts, full-service art sales and consultancy of museum quality art work from South and Southeast Asia.


1982-1985       Director of Training, Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia