Institute for the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC)


Nanjing University

Founded in 1902, Nanjing University is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in China. Historically among the earliest departments, the Department of Art Studies and Education has a long tradition at Nanjing University. Established as a separate institution in 2013, the Art Institute of Nanjing University’s (AINU) mission is to train outstanding young scholars in art history and theory through its excellent graduate programs focusing on three key areas: Art Theory and History (M.A. and Ph.D.), Art Education, and Cultural Creativity. The Institute also provides general courses in the studies of the arts directed to undergraduate students from all the schools and campuses of Nanjing University.

ISAAC Fellows at the Terra Foundation of American Art headquarters in Chicago with Curator Peter John Brownlee.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Now in its sixth decade of operations, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA) offers a diverse array of exhibitions, publications, and programs that connect visitor to masterworks of American art. Its many achievements in the areas of publishing and exhibitions have placed it among the nation’s most notable museums of American art. Established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter. Sr. (1879-1955) to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, its mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

ISAAC Fellows Gao Xin and Zheng Weili at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art with Brett Abbott, Director of Collections & Exhibitions.

Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History is a center for innovative research and graduate education in the history of art. Research and teaching at the O’Donnell Institute embrace a global history of art that ranges across geography, chronology, and medium. The first art history research institute founded in the digital age, the O’Donnell Institute explores in particular the intersection between the visual arts and the sciences and technology.

Confucius Institute

Housed in the School of Arts & Humanities, the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has – since its launch in 2007 – developed a series of programs and activities that help people learn about China and understand its culture. The Institute’s offerings run the gamut from language courses to cultural events held on a regular basis to provide the public with unique opportunities to experience and explore authentic Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute’s mission is to serve the people both on and off campus in the learning of Chinese language and culture, and to provide resources to enhance the understanding of China in our region, facilitating cultural exchanges between China and the State of Texas.

Richard R. Brettell, Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Texas at Dallas

Lauren LaRocca, Coordinator of Special Programs, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Texas at Dallas