Qiang Ning

Chu-Niblack Associate Professor in Asian Art
Curator of the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection

Joined Connecticut College: 2005

On sabbatical Spring 2016

B.A., Sichuan University
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University


Asian art history

Contemporary Chinese art

Gender in Chinese art and society

Silk Road archaeology

Art market/Art Collection

Qiang Ning, a specialist in Chinese art and religion, was appointed in 2005 to a new professorship. His focus is on the field of Asian Art with particular emphasis on classical and modern Chinese art and to curate the College´s Chu-Griffis Collection of Asian Art.

Ning was previously an assistant professor of art at the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests include the issues of art, religion, politics, and gender in Chinese art and society.

The Chu-Griffis Collection, located in the The Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Shain Library, is a collection of Asian art and calligraphy that was begun in 1985 by Charles Chu, professor emeritus of Chinese and founding curator of the collection, and Hughes Griffis, a New London attorney. The collection includes Chinese paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries and Japanese prints, with emphasis on landscapes and depictions of birds, flowers and animals.

Conferences, lectures, presentations:

  • Delivered a lecture, “Patronage and Image-making in 10th Century Dunhuang: A Social and Political Interpretation” at the Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, April 6, 2012
  • Directed a workshop on “Miraculous Images in Buddhist Art” at the Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University, April 7, 2012
  • The 4th International Conference on Tibetan Art and Religion, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, October 15-17, 2011

His most recent book is an examination of the interaction of art, religion, and politics in the historical context of medieval China. He received the Chia Jsin Outstanding Book Award and The 7th National Book Award for his books Dunhuang Buddhist Art: An Art Historical Approach and History of Dunhuang Studies in China respectively. Professor Ning has also published many articles and given many lectures on the topic of Asian art. His latest works include a book titled Art, Religion, and Politics in Medieval China: The Dunhuang Cave of the Zhai Family (2004) and two articles for “Oriental Art” and “Ars Orientalis” in 2005.

View the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection website and the art history department website.

Majoring in Art History.

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Mailing Address

Qiang Ning
Connecticut College
Box #5483
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


212A Cummings Arts Center