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Phoenix Art Musuem-ASU names Howard Rogers visiting scholar

February 08, 2008

The ASU Herberger College School of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of art historian Howard Rogers as distinguished visiting scholar for the Marilyn and Roy Papp ASU-Phoenix Art Museum Chinese Painting Program initiated last year.

Rogers is well known in the Asian art world as the founder of Kaikodo, one of New York’s leading art galleries devoted to the art of East Asia. Educated at University of California at Berkeley under acclaimed scholar James Cahill, Rogers lived many years in Asia, including Taiwan, China and Japan.
For nearly two decades, he served as professor of Chinese art history at Sophia University in Tokyo, the prestigious Jesuit university. He organized the first U.S. exhibition of Chinese paintings from the Palace Museum, Beijing and he served as consulting curator for the Guggenheim. 

Roger’s wife, Mary Ann Rogers, a noted scholar in Chinese art history, especially in the field of ceramic art, will also meet with ASU Herberger College School of Art students.

Rogers begins his appointment as the Marilyn and Roy Papp ASU-Phoenix Art Museum Chinese Painting Program distinguished visiting scholar at the ASU Herberger College School of Art in February 2008. During his one-week residency, Rogers will teach the intensive classes, “Chinese Painting: A Wide-Angle View” and “Studies in Connoisseurship.” The intensives focus on the Chinese painting tradition and research methods in Chinese art history. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students will participate. Rogers will continue to consult with the participating students the remainder of the spring 2008 semester as they continue their study.

The Marilyn and Roy Papp ASU-Phoenix Art Museum Chinese Painting Program was established at ASU to promote research and publication on the paintings in the Roy and Marilyn Papp Collection, much of which is housed at the Phoenix Art Museum. Spanning the 15th to early-20th centuries, the collection includes nearly 200 works from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Since 1984, the Papps have chosen to involve ASU Herberger College scholars and the Phoenix Art Museum. Their research relating to paintings in the collection has resulted in several publications and exhibitions. 

Herberger College School of Art
at Arizona State University

February 2008

Public Contact
Claudia Brown
Art History professor

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

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Carol Cox
ASU Herberger College School of Art