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A scholar of Chinese art who transformed her field

Experts in Chinese art history are not common, but even more uncommon is one credited with "almost single-handedly" transforming the study of Chinese art.

Fortunately for Rutgers University, Newark, that distinction belongs to one of its professors, Dr. Annette Juliano.

Juliano, who has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions and authored numerous books and scholarly articles, was recruited to Rutgers in 1992 to serve as chair of the visual and performing arts department.

The art historian is author or editor of numerous books, edited volumes, catalogues and articles,including Buddhist Sculpture from China: Selections from the Xi’an Beilin Museum, Fifth through Ninth Centuries, the catalogue to her critically acclaimed exhibition at the China Institute Gallery in New York in 2007.

She also was chosen as the 2008/2009 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Scholar at Rutgers, Newark. Nominator Ian Watson, in reviewing the highlights of her career, noted that Juliano “has almost single-handedly transformed the study of Chinese art by bringing attention to the non-Han minority’s contributions to China’s artistic heritage.”

Juliano is frequently invited to share her extensive knowledge of Chinese art through presentations at national and international scholarly conferences.

A Rutgers-Newark alumna, Juliano received her B.A. in fine arts in 1965, and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa that year. Juliano earned her masters in oriental studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. She holds the Ph.D. in Asian Art from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, awarded in 1974.

Juliano has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and received fellowships from New York University, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship from the Wang Institute.