History of Art and Architecture

Seojeong Shin

Visiting Lecturer

Area of Specialization

Art History, Asia (China, Korea, Japan)


Constellation(s): Identity, Mobility/Exchange, Visual Knowledg, Accessibility

Seojoeng Shin is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh from Fall 2022. She is teaching the courses, “Introduction to Asian Art,” “Art of Japan,” “Introduction to World Art,” and “Art of Korea.” 

She received her BA and MA in art history from Seoul National University, South Korea, and her Ph. D in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her doctoral dissertation, “Illustrations of Taiping Prefecture (1648): A Printed Album of Landscapes by the Seventeenth-Century Literati Artist Xiao Yuncong (1596-1673),” she investigated how during the seventeenth century literati art became accessible to the common people in China through the work of a scholar painter. 

Her research interests lie in Chinese paintings and prints during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, colonial and post-colonial period Korean ink paintings, contemporary Korean art in global age, and Japanese ink paintings and prints during Edo period and the twentieth century. She is especially interested in how literati culture became more accessible during the premodern and early modern period of Asia and how art reflects the cross-cultural exchange among East Asian countries and the cultural hybridity of East and West. She is also interested in the cultural identity of Korean American artists. Currently, she is preparing an article on mirror images in the illustrated novel and dramatic literature during the nineteenth century China for the edited edition of Artifice in Global Perspective.

She is also interested in museum work. She curated the exhibition “Mark Fletcher: Winking Turtle, Whispering Tree” at the Brauer Museum of Art, and contributed to exhibitions and catalogues including The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance (2001), Moon Has No Home: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the University of Virginia (2003), Marginalized Histories of Korean Women (2019), and Spectral Speculation, Ruth A. Ruege Collection of Japanese Prints in the Collection of the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University (2020). She is working as a consultant in researching and evaluating the Japanese paintings in the Walter and Dörte Simmons Collection in the preparation of the future exhibition and the catalogue at the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University.

She has taught Asian art history courses, including Arts of Asia, Arts of East Asia, Arts of India and Southeast Asia, Buddhist Arts of Asia, Chinese Landscape Paintings, and Arts of Korea at American University, Bennington College, George Mason University, University of Maryland, College Park, Loyola University Maryland, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Education Details

Ph. D. University of Maryland, College Park

M.A. Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

B.A. Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Selected Publications

“Visual Nationalism and Communal Rituals: Park Saengkwang’s Art and Korean Shamanism,” Cultural and Religious Studies (in press).

Catalogue Entries in Spectral Speculation, Ruth A. Ruege Collection of Japanese Prints in the Collection of the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, edited by Sandy Kita, Valparaiso University, 2020.

“Patching Together Her Identity: A Korean American Artist Wonju Seo,” in Marginalized Histories of Korean Women, edited by Suzie Kim, University of Mary Washington Galleries, 2019, 1-8.

“Daydreaming: Dreaming a Vision - Jeon Shin-yeon’s Ceramic Art,” Monthly Ceramic Art (March 2009): 66-69.

Catalogue Entries in The Moon Has No Home: Japanese Color Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University of Virginia, by Sandy Kita, University of Virginia Art Museum, 2003.

Catalogue Entries in The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance, by Sandy Kita, Lawrence E. Marceau, Katherine L. Blood, and James Douglas Farquhar, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Library of Congress, 2001.

Selected Awards

Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC