Assistant Professor of Art History, Asian Art
Dr. Sung joined the Department of Art and Art History in 2018. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art of East Asia, cultural interactions between Asia and Europe, and gender and visual culture.
Prior to coming to Capstone, she was an Assistant Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) where she worked on Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, an exhibition organized by PEM, Freer|Sackler of the Smithsonian Institution and the Palace Museum, Beijing. She taught Chinese and East Asian art at York University (Toronto), and the University of Toronto Scarborough. She also held the position of Project Coordinator for the international research and digital humanities project “A New Approach to the Popular Press in China: Gender and Cultural Production, 1904–1937.”
Dr. Sung’s research focuses on modern and contemporary art of East Asia, cultural interactions between Asia and Europe, and gender and visual culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Redefining Female Talent: Chinese Women Artists in the National and Global Art Worlds of the Early Twentieth Century.” The book examines the contribution of three generations of Chinese women artists to the art reform and shifting gender positioning in early-twentieth-century China. It enriches and challenges existing narratives of nationalism, global interactions, and gender relations of the era.
Dr. Sung is also a visual artist, and an independent curator. She has curated exhibitions on the works of Chinese-Canadian women artists, new art of the Asian diasporas, and experimental calligraphy. She earned her Ph.D. in Humanities, and MFA in visual arts from York University.
- “Redefining Female Talent: The Women’s Eastern Times, The Ladies’ Journal, and the Development of ‘Women’s Art’ in China, 1910s–1930s.” In Women and the Periodical Press in China’s Long Twentieth Century: A Space of their Own?, edited by Michel Hockx, Joan Judge, and Barbara Mittler, 121–140. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- Grove Art Online / Oxford Art Encyclopedia entries: “China, Twentieth Century: Exhibitions,” “Shenbao (newspaper),” “Yin Xiuzhen,” and “Zao Wou-Ki [Chao Wu-chi; Zhao Wuji].” (forthcoming)
- “Naistenlehdet, 1900-Luvun Alun Uudet Ilmaisukanavat” [New Channels of Expression: Voices in Women’s Magazines in the Late Qing and Early Republican China]. In Enemmän Kuin Puoli Taivasta: Kiinalainen Nainen Historiassa, Yhteiskunnassa Ja Kulttuurissa [More than Half the Sky: Chinese Women in History, Society and Culture], edited by Tiina Airaksinen, Elina Sinkkonen, and Minna Valjakka, 341–46. Helsinki: Art House, 2016. (In Finnish)
- “The Birth of a Database of Historical Periodicals: Chinese Women’s Magazines in the Late Qing and Early Republican Period.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Fall 2014). Co-authored with Liying Sun, and Matthias Arnold.
- October, 2018. “Women Artists as Valuable Citizens: An All-Women Art Society in 1930s Shanghai.” Presented at SECAC 2018, Birmingham, Ala.
- July 2017. “The Global Experience and Patriotic Virtue of Artist Jin Taotao (1884–1939).” Presented at the International Conference on “Chinese Women in World History,” Academia Sinica, Taipei.
- March 2017. Panel organizer and presenter for the panel “Leaving Their Footprints: Asian Artists in Early Twentieth-Century Paris.” Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Toronto.
- April 2016. Panel organizer and presenter for the panel “Chinese Women Artists Making Their Mark: Public Identity and Agency from the High Qing to the Contemporary.” Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Seattle.
- October 2014. “A Chinese Woman in Paris: Pan Yuliang and the Development of ‘Women’s Art’ in China.” Presented at The Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference. American University, Washington DC.
- May 2014. Panel co-organizer and presenter at the workshop “A Medium on the Edge: The Chinese Women’s Periodical Press in China’s Long 20th Century.” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women 2014. University of Toronto.
Ph.D., York University, Toronto (2016)
M.F.A., York University (2004)