Public Lecture


A celebratory lecture
in honor of the memory of
eleven Edo-period nun-artists

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
5:00 – 6:00pm


Professor Patricia Fister
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Kyoto, Japan


Professor Patricia Fister
Over the past two decades, after completing her doctorate at the University of Kansas in Japanese Art History. Professor Fister has pioneered research in the field of Japanese Women Artists, and brought out from the shadows of neglect numerous outstanding women painters and calligraphers. In 1988, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts she curated at the Spencer Museum of Art the world’s first exhibition devoted to Japanese Women Artists from 1600-1900. And in 1994 she brought this subject to the attention of Japanese readers with her book in Japanese Kinsei no josei gakatachi: Bijutsu to jendā (Japanese Women Artists of the Kinsei Era: Art and Gender) published by Shibunkaku Publishing Co. Professor Fister has been involved in research on the history of imperial convents, most specifically on the art produced by historic abbesses, since the first planning session held by the Institute at Tōfukuji monastery in 1993. The breakthrough exhibition she curated at the Nomura Art Museum in Kyoto this spring was a culmination of at least a decade of pioneering research. After teaching at Hakuhō Women’s College in Nara, Professor Fister now holds the post of Associate Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. She is also a Research Associate of the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies as well as an active researcher at the new Center for the Study of Women, Buddhism, and Cultural History in Kyoto.


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