History of Art and Architecture

Ellen Larson


Ellen Larson is a graduate student specializing in contemporary Chinese art. Ellen entered the department after spending four years studying in Beijing, China where she earned her Masters Degree in modern Chinese history from Minzu University of China. 

Her research interests include modern and contemporary art and Chinese social history, with a focus on social practice in dialogue with issues of locality, regionality, and identity. Ellen has curated and presented exhibitions, symposia, and art events in China and the United States.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, in progress

MA, Modern Chinese History, Minzu University of China, 2016

BA, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2012

Selected Publications

“Lin Yan: Interview with the Artist,” Lin Yan Exhibition Catalogue, Kwai Fung Hin Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2015

“The Art of Rewriting China,” co-authored by Dr. Cortney Chaffin, Xu Bing Exhibition Catalogue, Carlsten Gallery of Art, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, 2012 

Translation (Chinese to English) 

Ye Funa: Nailhenge (exhibition catalogue), Space Station, Beijing, China, 2016

Artificial Fairyland (exhibition catalogue), Suzhou Jinji Lake Museum, Suzhou, China, 2016

Shang Chengxiang: Threshold (exhibition catalogue), Space Station, Beijing, China, 2015

Selected Awards

Dean's Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh Fall 2016

Chancellors Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2016

China-US Young Leaders Summit Award, Fudan University of China, 2014 

Chinese Government Scholarship, Minzu University of China, 2013-2016  

CIEE Language Intensive Focus Track (LIFT) Scholarship, Beijing University, 2012 

Conferences and Public Speaking

Conference organizer, “Overwhelming Imagination: Achieving and Undermining Contradictions: Si Shang Art Museum International Art Conference,” Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China, July, 2016 

Panel moderator, “The Arts Alive: Identity & New Media in Contemporary Chinese Art,” Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China, March, 2016 

Salon Presentation, “The Stars and their Legacy in the Developments of Early Contemporary Chinese Art,” i:Project Space Art Salon, Beijing, China, September 2015

Panel moderator, “The Female Voice in Contemporary Chinese Art,” Bookworm Literary Festival, Beijing, China, March, 2015 

Conference Presentation, “American Media Perspectives on Post-World War II Japanese Repatriation in China,” Northeastern University of China History Conference, Shenyang, China, November, 2014