Professor Kucera completed her Ph.D. in Chinese art history at the University of Kansas, her Masters degree at the University of Oregon, and her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Karil Kucera’s research centers on sacred sites, with her most recently completed work focused on the cliff sculptures at the Buddhist cave site of Baodingshan in Sichuan province, Ritual and Representation in Chinese Buddhism: Visualizing Enlightenment at Baodingshan from the 12th to the 21st Century. She has also developed special interests in 20th century Chinese visual culture, with students addressing the context of all matters of Chinese material culture including advertising and film. Using materials from the St Olaf Flaten Art Museum collection, Professor Kucera has also been actively working with students to put on exhibitions related to Japanese and Chinese print culture, Chinese ceramics, and the Chinese scholar’s studio. See her personal website for virtual catalogues from these exhibitions.
Department: Art and Asian Studies