About ShiPu Wang 王士圃

Professor Wang* joined UC Merced in 2006 and is the founding faculty of the Global Arts Studies Program (GASP), as well as the founding director and curator of the UCM Art Gallery. He specializes in 20th century American art history and visual culture in an international context, with a focus on historical discourses on race and nationalism in pre-World War II American art. He is one of a small group of scholars who have done extensive work on the critical rediscovery and reexamination of the work of pre-WWII American artists of Asian descent. (*Pronounced as /wong/)

Dr. Wang is the author of Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Hawaii Press in 2011), The Other American Moderns. Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa (Penn State University Press, 2017). He also curated and wrote the exhibition catalogue for Chiura Obata: An American Modern (University of California Press, 2018).

His scholarship has appeared in major journals both in English and Chinese. His essay, "Japan against Japan: U.S. Propaganda and Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Identity Crisis,” won the 2008 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award, a prize given by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to recognize excellence in scholarship in the field of American art history. He has subsequently published two more essays in SAAM's journal, American Art. He has also contributed essays and articles to journals and magazines that include American Studies, AAPI Nexus, Trans-Asia Photography Review, Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and several issues of Journal of Aesthetic Education, the official publication of the National Taiwan Arts Education Center.

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Wang held the Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellowship at SAAM, where he conducted research that led to the completion of his second book, The Other American Moderns. The book was awarded the 2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Publishing Grant, given by College Art Association (CAA) to provide academic publishers financial support for the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art.

Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Art History from UC Santa Barbara (postmodern art & theory; critical race theory; museums and institutional critique), and a M.A. in Art History (19th-century European art & theory; modern Chinese art) from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also earned a B.A. in Studio Art (photography & video art).  

Professor Wang can be reached by email: swang7@ucmerced.edu