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Victoria Weston, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Art, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.5730
  • Office Location: University Hall, 4th Floor, Room 4247

Areas of Expertise

History of Japanese, Chinese, and Asian art history; 19th and early 20th-century Japanese "traditional" schools of painting, domestic and international contexts; later 19th-century Japanese garden plants and design.


PhD 1991, University of Michigan

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Victoria Weston is a specialist in how traditional schools of Japanese painting responded to their country's abrupt opening to the West in 1868. Following 1868, Japan embarked upon an concerted program of modernization, which followed technological, political, and cultural patterns established in the West. Professor Weston is interested the stylistic choices artists made then, and what those choices meant to them and their public. Through research grants, Professor Weston has spent some three years total living in Tokyo researching artists who worked there. Some of these artists traveled to the United States (including Boston); Professor Weston has done much primary research putting together where some of these people traveled and exhibited work.

Professor Weston’s publications include:  Japanese Painting and National Identity:  Okakura Tenshin and his Circle (Ann Arbor:  Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2004), Copying the Master and Stealing his Secrets:  Talent and Training in Japanese Painting, co-edited with Brenda Jordan (Honolulu:  University of Hawai’i Press, 2003), and East Meets West:  Isabella Stewart Gardner and Okakura Kakuzo (Boston:  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1993).