Art History art department

Brotherton, Elizabeth

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992; B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1976

Associate Professor

Department: Art History
Office: SAB 108H
Phone: (845) 257-3853

Office Hours

TR02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

and by appt.

Career History

teaches surveys and seminars on the arts of China and Japan. Before joining the Art History faculty at New Paltz in 1994, she held temporary teaching positions at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and at McGill University; earlier she had completed course work for an M.A. in History at Taiwan University, and also served as interpreter for a conservation specialist during visits to Chinese museums located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Dunhuang.

Research/Creative Activity

Her research centers on Chinese painting and calligraphy, with special interest in later painting and painting theory, archaism, relationships between painting and poetry, farewell paintings, popular New Year's prints, aesthetics, and the rhetorical uses of art. Her dissertation and subsequent work considers illustrations of Tao Yuanming's Returning Home, along with related issues of court patronage and reclusion.


She has published articles on the relationship between painting and poetry in Artibus Asiae and Archives of Asian Art.