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Meher McArthur

Faculty, MA Art Business, Los Angeles

MA in Oriental Studies (Japanese), Cambridge University (1990)
Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, SOAS/Sotheby's (1994)
MA in Japanese Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University (1995)

Meher McArthur worked for nine years as Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum (now USC Pacific Asia Museum) in Pasadena, where she curated over 15 exhibitions on subjects ranging from Buddhist art to Chinese ceramics, and the paintings of Hokusai to the arts of Japanese sake. Since 2016, she has worked as an independent Asian art curator, author and educator, curating primarily for the traveling exhibition company International Arts & Artists (IA&A), including Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (2012-2017) and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (2015-2019). She is currently developing new traveling exhibitions and is working as Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, where she is launching a new art gallery, En Gallery, in September 2017.

Her publications include Gods and Goblins: Folk Paintings from Otsu (Pacific Asia Museum, 1999), Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius (Quercus, London, 2010 and Pegasus Books, USA, 2011), Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (2012), Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer (IA&A, 2016) and New Expressions in Origami Art (Tuttle, 2017), and the children’s books Michael and the Magical Museum (Pacific Asia Museum, 2003) and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010). She writes regularly about Asian art and Southern California artists for KCET Artbound and Buddhistdoor Global, has taught courses on Asian art at USC and Scripps and lectures regularly on Asian art at museums, educational seminars and galleries.

Meher McArthur
  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions

    Traveling Exhibitions
    Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, co-curated for IA&A, 2016-2019

    Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, curated for IA&A, 2015-2019

    Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami curated for traveling exhibitions company International Arts & Artists (IA&A) (www.artsandartists.org), 2012-2016.

    Exhibitions curated at Pacific Asia Museum (if no venue given) and other venues (1998-2011):
    The Curious Art of Origami: Art by Robert J. Lang, Linda Mihara and Giang Dinh, the Shumeikai Gallery, Pasadena, as part of the Pasadena-wide AxS (Arts and Science) Festival

    Folded: The Origami Masterworks of Robert J. Lang, a solo exhibition at the Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, June through August 2014

    Japan in Blue and White (March 2010 – March 2011)

    Confucius: Shaping Values through Art (Sept. 2008 – January 2009)

    Lotus Moon: The Arts of Otagaki Rengetsu (February – May 2008)

    The Religious Arts of Japan (May – December 2007)

    Jade, Silk, Porcelain…An Introduction to the Materials of Asian Art (March – May 2007)

    Splendor and Simplicity: An Introduction to Japanese Artistic Style (Sept. 2006 – April 2007)

    Landscapes of the Mind: Chinese Paintings from the PAM Collection (October 2004 – January 2005)

    Depicting the Royal and the Divine: Indian Paintings and Sculptures in the Pacific Asia Museum Collection (July – October 2004) (co-curated with Rochelle Kessler)

    Kampai! The Arts of Japanese Sake (March – June 2004)
    Recent Acquisitions of Japanese Paintings (February – April 2004)

    The Arts of Korea from the PAM Collection (February 2003 – January 2004)

    Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism (September 2002 – January 2003)

    Korea through Western Eyes: Prints and Paintings of Korea by Paul Jacoulet and Elizabeth Keith (July – Sept. 2002)

    Bijinga: Japanese Paintings of Beautiful Women (March – June 2002)

    Views of Old Japan: Landscape Paintings and Prints by Hiroshige (October 2001 – January 2002)

    The Nature of the Beast: Portrayals of Animals in Japanese Paintings (June – September 2001)

    Paintings, Prints, and Drawings by Hokusai (June – September 2001)

    Constructing the Cosmos in the Religious Arts of Asia (February – May 2001)

    Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu, (May – November 1999)

    Cloth and Clay: Contemporary Korean Textiles and Ceramics (January – March 1999)

    Views of a Distant World: Japanese Woodblock Prints From the Collection of Pacific Asia Museum (Riverside Art Museum, January – March 1999)

    The Graphic Art of Tanaka Ikko (August – October 1998)

    Art of the Pacific Islands (PAM, May - June, 1998, lent to College of the Canyons, September - October 1998)
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    Currently Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena, CA

    Member, Japan Art History Forum (JAHF)

    Founder and Coordinator of the Asian Art Curators of Southern California (AACSC)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Folded: New Expressions in Origami, Tokyo/Rutland, Vermont/Singapore, Tuttle, March 2017

    Threads of Life: Catalog of the Paintings of Vietnamese American Artist Trang Te Le (working title), September 2016

    Fukusa: Japanese Ceremonial Cloths, online catalog, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, 2016

    Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in the Collection of Gordon J. Brodfuehrer, catalog for the traveling exhibition organized by International Arts & Artists (www.artsandartists.org), August 2016

    Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (co-authored with Robert J. Lang), Washington DC, International Arts & Artists, 2012; Hardcover, Tokyo/Rutland, Vermont/Singapore, Tuttle, 2013

    Confucius: A Biography, for Quercus Books’ Great Lives series, London, hardback 2010, UK paperback 2011; US edition, Pegasus, hardback 2011, paperback 2012

    An ABC of What Art Can Be, a children’s book about the various aspects of art making, The Getty Museum, 2010

    Curriculum Guide (principal author) for Treasures of Shanghai: 5,000 Years of Chinese Art, Bowers Museum (June 2007)

    The Arts of Asia: A Guide to Materials, Techniques and Styles, Thames & Hudson, London and New York (2005)

    Michael and the Magical Museum, a children’s book about Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (2003)

    Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols - Thames & Hudson, London and New York (2002)

    Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (1999)

    East Asian Books, co-authored with Bob Miller, Wei Chen-hsuan, Sam Fogg, London: Sam Fogg (1998)

    Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Prints from the Collection of Manly P. Hall, Sam Fogg Rare Books (1996)

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