Mikiko Hirayama

Mikiko Hirayama

Associate Professor of Japanese Art History and Director of Asian Studies

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Professional Summary

Professor Hirayama ​teaches courses on Japanese and Chinese art history.  
Her research focuses on Japanese art criticism of the early twentieth century. Her recent publications include  “‘Fictionalized Truth’: Realism as the Vehicle for War Painting” in Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960 (2012), "Notes on Japanese Art Criticism" in Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts (2011),  "The Emperor's New Clothes: Japanese Visuality and Imperial Portrait Photography" in History of Photography (2009), “From Art without Borders to Art for the Nation: Japanist (Nihonshugi) Painting by Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai during the 1930s” in Monumenta Nipponica (2010), and Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century (co-editor, 2005).  She has delivered papers at venues such as the College Art Association conference, Association for Asian Studies conference, and Asian Studies Conference Japan.   Hirayama's service to the field included serving as an anonymous reviewer for Art Bulletin and Ars Orientalis.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA, 2001 (Japanese art history)

Master of Arts, International Christian University Graduate School Tokyo, Japan , 1993 (Japanese Art History)

Bachelor of Arts, International Christian University Tokyo, Japan, 1991 (Japan Studies)

Research Support

2014 -2015 Faculty Development Council, UC Collaborative $6,088 Type:Grant

2011 -2012 The Japan Foundation Short-Term Research $6,420 Type:Grant

2010 -2011 Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies Short-Term Travel Grant $3,000

2008 -2009 Grant for Advanced Research and Publication by Individual Scholars $3,000

2004 -2005 Northeast Asia Council Short-Term Travel Grant $2,000

2001 -2002 The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Postdoctoral $35,000 Type:Fellowship

1997 Japan Iron and Steel Graduate $11,000 Type:Fellowship

1999 -2000 University of Pittsburgh Andrew Mellon Predoctoral $14,000 Type:Fellowship

1999 -2000 Metropolitan Center Grants for Dissertation Research in Far Eastern Art Studies $9,477 Type:Grant

1998 -1999 Mitsubishi Foundation Graduate $11,000 Type:Fellowship

2015 UC Third Century Research $8000 teaching stipend and $1624.41 research funds Type:Fellowship

2015 UC Third Century Materials $1624.41 research funds Type:Grant

2011 School of Art, UC Faculty Travel $500 Type:Grant

2014 School of Art Professional Development $300 Type:Grant

2015 School of Art Faculty Travel $410 Type:Grant

2014 Commission for Women, UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

2015 Commission for Women, UC UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

2013 Faculty Development Council, UC Department and Interdisciplinary (with Prof K. Bonansinga, SOA, and Prof. G. Ivanova, A&S) $6,088 Type:Grant

2011 Commission for Women, UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

2010 Faculty Development Council, UC Faculty Development $3,183.57 Type:Grant

2010 Commission for Women, UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

2008 Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies Grant for Advanced Research and Publication by Individual Scholars ¥300,000, approx. $3,000 Type:Grant

2005 University Research Council, UC Summer Faculty Research $8,000 stipend, $3,815 research support Type:Fellowship

2004 Association for Asia Studies Northeast Asia Council Short-Term Travel $2,000 Type:Grant

1997 P. E. O. Sisterhood P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Role:$5,000 Type:Grant

2008 Commission for Women, UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

1997 Friends of Frick Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh Department Travel $1,030 Type:Grant

2012 Faculty Development Council, UC Faculty Development $1,473.95 Type:Grant

1996 Asian Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh Graduate Research Development $2,000 Type:Grant

2012 School of Art, UC Faculty Travel $500 Type:Grant

1995 Rotary Foundation, Tokyo, Japan Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship $21,500 Type:Grant

2013 Commission for Women, UC Commission for Women $500 Type:Grant

Abbreviated Publications

Book

Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century (collaboration with Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere).  Leiden, Netherlands: Hotei Publishing, 2005.

Book Chapter

 “Inner Beauty: Kishida Ryūsei (1891-1929)’t Theory of Realism.”  Edited by Minh Ngyuen.  Japanese Aesthetics.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, forthcoming.

 “‘Fictonalized Truth’: Realism as the Vehicle for War Painting (tentative title).”  Edited by Asato Ikeda, Louisa McDonald, and Ming Tienpo.  Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960.  Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2012, 38-57.

“Japanese Art Criticism: The First Fifty Years.”  Edited by J. Thomas Rimer.  Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000.  Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2011, pp. 257-280.

Modernité in Art”: Kojima Kikuo’s Critique of Contemporary Japanese Painting, 1931-1940.”  Edited by Hiroshi Nara.  Inexorable Modernity: Japan’s Grappling with Modernity in the Arts.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2007, pp. 49-68. 

“’Elegance’ and ‘Discipline’: The Significance of Sino-Japanese Aesthetic Concepts in the Critical Terminology of Japanese Photography, 1903-1923,” Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Mikiko Hirayama, eds.  Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century.  Leiden, Netherlands: Hotei Publishing, 2005, pp. 98-108.

Conference/Workshop Proceedings

“Summaries of the Scholarly Symposia: Transcultural Visuality,” TransAsian Photography Review vol. 1, no. 2 (spring 2011)
 

Peer Reviewed Publications

“From Art without Borders to Art for the Nation: Japanist (Nihonshugi) Painting by Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai during the 1930s.”  Monumenta Nipponica vol. 65 no. 2 (2011), pp. 357-395 (peer-reviewed).
 

“The Emperor’s New Clothes: Japanese Visuality and Imperial Portrait Photography,” History of Photography, vol. 33, no. 2 (May 2009): 165-184 (peer-reviewed).

“Ishii Hakutei and the Future of Japanese Painting,” Art Journal vol. 55 no. 3 (Fall 1996): 57-63 (peer-reviewed).

Invited Publication

“Between Beauty and Obscenity: The Problem of Cultural Discontinuity in Modern Japan,” Japan Studies Working Paper Series, No. 3 (December 1991), Tokyo: International Christian University (unpaginated, 65 pgs, sole entry in the volume, invited).

“Ishii Hakutei and the Hōsun journal (tentative title),” Shin hanga—Sōsaku hanga: A Dialogue in Art. Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam, and Hotei Publishing, Leiden (forthcoming in 2016)

Review

Bert Winther-Tamaki.  Maximum Embodiment: Yoga, the Western Painting of Japan, 1912-1955 (University of Hawai'i Press, 2012).  Monumenta Nipponica vol. 68 no. 1 (2013), pp. 357-395.

Dōshin Satō.  Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State: The Politics of Beauty.  CAA.reviews, September 2013

Anne Tucker, et. al.  The History of Japanese Photography (New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2003).  CAA.reviews, 2004.

Jonathan M. Reynolds, Maekawa Kunio and the Emergence of Japanese Modernist Architecture (Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2001).  School of Oriental and African Studies Bulletin, University of London, Vol. 66 (2003): 145-147.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“Emperor’s New Clothes" .Earlham College, Richmond, IN. Level:University

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“Snow, Moon, and Flower: Aesthetics of Modern Japanese Prints” . University of Mary Washington Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA. Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )docent training lecture on Japanese art collection, .Cincinnati Art Museum, Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“Emperor’s New Clothes: Imperial Portraits and Modern Japanese Visuality" .The Ohio State University, Level:Department

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )August 10, 2005: “Aesthetics of Japanese Festival Coats (gallery talk for Happi and Hanten Exhibition)” .Cincinnati Art Museum,

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“The Japanese Woodblock Print Collection at the Ball State University Gallery” . Ball State University Gallery, Muncie, IN. Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )Imperial Portrait Photography of Meiji Japan: 1873-1912” .Cincinnati Art Museum, Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“History of Meiji Painting,” course for a museum diploma in Asian art: The Classical and Decorative Arts of Japan and Korea" .British Museum, London, UK. Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“Painting’s Evil Twin (?): Illuminations on Early Japanese Photography,” Third Thursday Lecture Series, .Sainsbury Institute, Norwich, UK. Level:Local

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. ) Gallery talks for the exhibition, “Urban Metamorphosis: One Hundred Views of New Tokyo” .Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. Level:Local

Paper Presentations

Mikiko Hirayama (10-2015. ) “New Wine in New Bottles: Japanese Imperial Portraits of the Meiji Period (1868-1912)” .Cincinnati, Ohio. Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (10-2013. )Tsuda Seifū's Adaptation of Proletarian Art Theory in New Parliament (1931)" . East Lansing, MI. Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (02-2011. )“Transcultural Visuality: Photography in East-Asia” .New York, NY. Professional Meeting. Level:International

Mikiko Hirayama (10-2010. ) “Location, Location, Location: Regionalism in Twentieth-Century East Asian Art” .The Ohio State University. Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (06-2010. )“Was There Socialist Realism in Japan? Proletarian Art of the Interwar Years” .Tokyo, Japan. Conference. Level:International

Mikiko Hirayama (10-2009. ) “Between Light and Darkness: Ethnic Nationalism of Early Showa Oil Painting” .University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Workshop. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (discussant) (10-2009. )“From Feudalism to Universalism: Identity Conflicts in Japanese Culture” .Miami University, Oxford, OH. Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (discussant) (03-2009. )“Continuity and Change in Meiji Visual Culture” .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:International

Mikiko Hirayama (presenter and panel chair) (03-2007. )“Fauvists in the Land of Rising Sun: Critical Evaluations of Japanist (nihonshugi) Painting, 1934-35,” .Boston, MA. Conference. Level:International

Mikiko Hirayama (03-2005. )“The Material and the Spiritual Become One”: Reflections of National Identity in “Japanist” Painting, 1931-36, .Pittsburgh, PA . Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (BAD DATE. )“The Material and the Spiritual Become One”: Reflections of National Identity in “Japanist” Painting, 1931-36, .Pittsburgh, PA . Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (presenter and panel chair) (BAD DATE. )“In Pursuit of Photographic Vision: The Language of Japanese Pictorialist Photography, 1903-1923” .University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN . Conference. Level:Regional

Mikiko Hirayama (presenter and panel chair) (BAD DATE. )"’Elegance’ and ‘Discipline’: The Significance of Sino-Japanese Aesthetic Concepts in the Critical Terminology of Japanese Photography: 1903-1923” .Norwich School of Art, Norwich, UK. Workshop. Level:International

Event Organized

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion, Art, and Gender (1)

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion, Art, and Gender (1) Lecture BAD DATE DAAP Level:University

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion, Art, and Gender (2)

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion, Art, and Gender (2) Lecture BAD DATE Max Kade Center, Dept. of German Studies Level:University

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: The Arts of the Geisha

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: The Arts of the Geisha Lecture BAD DATE DAAP Level:University

Service

History of Photography Peer Review/Referee 2014

(External Tenure Reviewer )2014

Panel Chair, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs Level:Regional 2013

Israel Science Foundation Judge Type:Grant Panel Level:National 2013

Ars Orientalis Peer Review/Referee 2012

Tran-Asia Photography Review Peer Review/Referee 2011

Art Bulletin Peer Review/Referee 2009

External Reviewer for tenure Peer Review/Referee 2008

Panel organizer and chair, “Socialism, Nationhood, and Art: Images of Volk in Japan, 1930–1950” (Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, Japan )2010

Panel Chair, Association for Asian Studies Conference, Boston, MA 2007

Positions and Work Experience

2008 -To Present Associate Professor of Asian Art History, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2001 -2008 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH

2000 -2001 Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

1991 -1995 Clerical Assistant, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Research and Practice Interests

Japanese Painting (18th century-prewar) Modern Japanese art criticism
Early Japanese photography and photographic theory
Chinese and Japanese Aesthetics