Helen Nagata


Associate Professor Helen M. Nagata (Ph.D., Stanford University; triple B.A.. and M.A., University of California, Berkeley) specializes in pre-modern Japanese art of the 17th-19th centuries. She has trained in Tokyo at Gakushûin University, studied East Asian art conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, served as curator of Asian art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and taught art history at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her published articles and lectures range in subject from the dissemination of classical themes in seventeenth-century Japanese art (Yale University Art Gallery) and poetic allusions in Japanese textile patterns (Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design), to twentieth-century creative print movement attitudes towards ukiyo-e or multi-color woodblock prints (Milwaukee Art Museum). She has received grants and fellowships from the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; the Ministry of Education, Japan; and the Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing. Her current research focuses on seventeenth-century illustrated travel literature and its relationship to paintings and early ukiyo-e prints. Professor Nagata teaches courses introductory survey courses on Asian art, and upper level and graduate courses in Japanese art.


Helen Nagata
Associate Professor, Art History
Ph.D., Stanford University
Art History Office Phone: (815) 753-7923
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