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.