The Center for the Art of East Asia in the Department of Art History has been the recipient of generous support from the Cyrus Tang Foundation to launch a new collaborative initiative, the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitization Project to create a digital database of Chinese works of art that are located outside of China. It builds on earlier CAEA projects that compiled digital records of Buddhist cave sculptures and Chinese paintings and designed websites as resources for teaching, exhibition and further research. 

The Center has recently hired three new staff members including a Center Administrator, a Website Developer, and a Digital Collections Curator who will be assisting to implement the Project.

Caroline Otter, the Center Administrator, has been working on a Masters of Education in Policy Organization and Leadership for Global Studies in Education. She has served as Study Abroad Advisor for Asia Programs for CIEE and as an Online Education Consultant for Thinktank Learning, Shenzhen, and as International Exchange Coordinator at the Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen.

Greg Panciera, Website Developer, earned his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked as a software engineer with Reactime and PeopleFluent. He is also a practicing visual artist, musician, and sound engineer.

Carol Ng-He, who began on March 8 as Digital Collections Curator, will manage research data related to the DCADP in collaboration with our Chinese project partners at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has worked as Exhibits Coordinator at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and as Research Archives Volunteer at the Oriental Institute, UChicago. She is currently completing a Master of Library and Information Science Degree.

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Written by Katherine Tsiang, Associate Director, Center for the Art of East Asia