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Ota, Pauline A., Ph.D.



(765) 658-4326

Peeler Art Center
Greencastle, IN

Art and Art History

Associate Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of the Art and Art History Department

Ph.D. Stanford University (History of Art)
M.A. University of California, Riverside (History of Art)
B.S. University of California, Irvine (Information & Computer Science)


Teaching Interests 

Early modern Japanese art, the supernatural in Japan & China, artistic exchange between East Asia and the Euro-American West, dialog between popular culture and "fine art," museum studies


Courses Regularly Taught:

ARTH 133 East Asian Art, Bronze to Mongols

ARTH 135 Developments in East Asian Art, Modernity

ARTH 231 Prints & Print Culture of Early Modern & Modern Japan

ARTH 232 Warrior Art of Japan & the Ryukyus

ARTH 234 East West Encounters

ARTH 333 Supernatural in Japanese Art

ARTH 334 Women & East Asian Art

MSST 110 Contemporary Issues in Museum Studies


Research Interests:  

I am engaged with the study of eighteenth-century Japanese visual culture, particularly the two-dimensional arts exploring new modes of representation, as well as the pictorial expression of the supernatural.  How did these new techniques formulate a visual "revolution" and how did this revolution impact the rendering of traditional subject matter such as cityscapes?  For supernatural themes, I investigate how the seen, the known, and the unknown intersect to produce imagery linked to literature, religion, and lived experience.



2016-2017 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship

2010 Japan Foundation Short-term Fellowship


Selected Publications & Special Projects

"The Poetry of Play:  Hybridity in Amusements of the Four Seasons of Kyoto," Andon 112 (December, 2021)

"Mapping the Yodo River and Its Banks," Artibus Asiae 80, no. 1 (2020)

"Japanese Postwar Prints -- Repurposing the Past, Innovation in the Present," in Abstract Traditions:  Postwar Japanese Prints from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection, 2016

Student-Faculty Curated Exhibition Project:  "(Mis)Perceptions," Upper Gallery, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Fall, 2021

Book Project (in progress):  "Seeing the City Anew:  Maruyama Okyo's Representations of Kyoto, 1758-1790"

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