Faculty & Staff Directory
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina
Amanda Wright’s research looks at early twentieth-century modernist Chinese painting through the lens of women’s issues and popular culture. Her recent research centers on paintings by Qiu Ti (1906-1958) and the contributions of female artists to the modernist art world of 1920s and 1930s China. She is currently working on a manuscript that investigates the impact of nationalism, commercialism, and feminism on modern Chinese art and the roles of women artists during the Republican period (1911-1949).
Professor Wright teaches a wide range of Asian art history courses. Her introductory courses cover Indian, Chinese, and Japanese art from prehistory to the present. She also teaches upper level courses focusing on topics such as Buddhist art, Chinese sculpture, and twentieth-century Chinese art. In these courses students learn about the traditional art and culture of Asia, the modernization of the traditional arts, and cultural intersections in global art. Her classes make use of diverse resources – including hands-on examples of traditional painting materials, excerpts from philosophical texts and literary classics, and occasional museum visits – to underscore concepts introduced in lectures.
Professor Wright has received degrees in art history from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Oregon and the University of Kansas. Grants from the American Oriental Society, the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship program, the Harvard-Yenching Library, and the University of Kansas have supported her research.