Pitzer Spotlights

Pauline J. Yao '93, Fulbright to China

Pauline Yao '93
Pauline J. Yao '93

Pauline J. Yao '93, who had a combined major of Chinese language and art history at Pitzer, has received a Fulbright fellowship to study contemporary art in China in 2006-07. Yao's studies will be an extension of her specialization in modern and contemporary art during her graduate studies and in her career.

Yao earned her M.A. in East Asian languages and civilizations at University of Chicago, specializing in twentieth century visual culture in China. After graduate school, she was an art collections manager for the Wojuzhai collection of Chinese painting in San Francisco, a curatorial assistant in Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, an adjunct faculty member at the California College of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and assistant curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum.

Pitzer professors Carl Hertel and Judy Grabiner made a lasting impression on her, Yao said. So, too, did the year she spent abroad in Beijing.

"I am most looking forward to spending another extended period of time in China," Yao said of her Fulbright opportunity. "I want to polish my language skills and spend time with private collectors of art in China. Private collections are a relatively new development in China."

Yao's Fulbright is Pitzer's second to China and No. 16 for 2006-07.

—Jay Collier