Welcome to this website featuring my writings on Chinese art and Chinese history.  I am a historian teaching courses on art history and world history at Middlesex Community College, in Bedford and Lowell, MA, USA. I earned a masters in Regional Studies--East Asia at Harvard University in 1986 and a doctorate in Chinese history at Brown University in 2003. Previously I taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Mount Hoyoke College.





Schedule of Book-related Appearances:

My book, The Art of Resistance. Painting by Candlelight, will be published by University of Washington Press in November, 2017. It tells the story of seven artists who suffered greatly during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).  They are: Shi Lu 石鲁 (1919-82), Feng Zikai 丰子恺 (1898-1975), Pan Tianshou 潘天寿 (1897-1971), Li Kuchan 李苦禅 (1898-1983), Li Keran 李可染 (1907-89), Ding Cong 丁聪 (1916-2009) and Huang Yongyu 黄永玉 (b. 1924). These artists stood up for creative autonomy. All found opportunities to maintain their connection to art despite the turmoil around them. Their stories reveal a fierce personal independence rooted in Chinese art and philosophy.



Book launch:  Sunday, December 10, 12:00-3:00 pm at Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City, OK  events@fullcirclebooks.com


Author’s talk:  Thursday evening, December 14, 7:00-8:00 pm at Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA


Please visit my author’s page on Art History Publications Initiative. A 12 minute video featuring recent interviews with Chinese painters can be accessed here.


Shelley Drake Hawks, Ph.D.