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Susan Scott
  • Adjunct Lecturer

Susan Scott

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My degrees are a B.S. in Art Education and English, M.A in Art History, and Ph.D. in Art History. I taught at Penn State for fifteen years before coming to McDaniel College in 2001. My areas of expertise are Asian Arts (Chinese and Japanese art and architectural history), Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and Nineteenth-century painting and sculpture. I have taught all these areas on both undergraduate and graduate levels. At McDaniel College I have also taught Sacred Architecture, Islamic Art and Architecture, the Survey of Western Art I and II, FYS classes, our Junior writing course, which I designed in 2009, and annual Senior Capstone Seminars.

My research areas are in Baroque Architecture and Stage Design, and during the past several decades, a strong focus on Chinese and Japanese painting. I have travelled extensively in Europe, China and Japan, and have chaperoned students on study tours in Japan on five occasions between 2009 and 2018. I have presented numerous research papers at conferences in China, Japan, Oxford, England and the U.S.A., and published articles in journals in both Baroque areas and Asian Studies. In 2009 I designed McDaniel College's Asian Studies Program, which includes both major and minor focus areas.


Ph.D. in Art History, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in Art History, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. in Art Education and English, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Recent Courses

  • AHY 2226: The History of Chinese Art, Neolithic to Tang Dynasty

  • AHY 3306: Principles of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

  • AHY 3307: Ukiyo-e and the Japanese Print: Art of the Edo Period

Selected Publications

  • Entries In "The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750," edited by Henry A. Millon, exhibition catalogue of the exhibit of Baroque architectural models and related materials which opened in Turin, July 1999, and will travel to Montreal, Washington, D.C. and Marseille (editions in three languages): seventeen catalogue entries on stage designs, models, and architectural fantasies from major collections. Published in Milan, 1999.

  • "Aequa Potestas: Le arti in gara, Roma nel Settecento 1700-1800." I have participated in the exhibition catalogue of this major event which included a symposium and exhibition in Rome that opened in September 2000. My contribution included ten catalogue entries on 50 drawings from the architectural competitions at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome between 1700 and 1800. Published September 2000, 30 pages.

  • The Representation of Architecture in Chinese Landscape Painting of the Sung, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties: Perspective, Iconography, and Imagination. In Ying Zao, Collected Works on the International Conference on Chinese Architectural History I, International Society for Studies in Architectural History, Yang Hongxun, editor, Beijing, pp. 509-524. (This volume has a limited circulation and will be available mainly in China. The articles chosen for publication are selected from the papers presented at the intensive five-day conference, which drew scholars from all over Asia, and only a few from Western countries.)

  • Sacred Earth: Daoism as a Preserver of the Environment in Chinese Landscape Painting from the Song through the Qing Dynasties, In East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, Journal of the Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, volume 6, number 1, 2006, pp. 72-98. (attached in Appendix II)

  • Chinoiserie and the Migration of the Chinese Garden Pavilion to the West. Selected Papers of Chinese Landscape Architecture, a special bilingual issue of the Journal of Chinese Landscape Architecture, published by the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, pp. 56-60, 2008. Published in English, and in Chinese in the 2008 issue of the Journal of Chinese Landscape Architecture, vol. 24 / 150, pp. 7-12. (attached in Appendix II)

  • Chinese Literature and Poetic Tourist Site: Themes in the Literati Landscape Painting of Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran. Japan Studies Association Journal, edited by John Paine, volume 11, 2013, pp. 1-28.

Clubs and community involvement

  • Faculty Advisor to the Anime Club

  • Faculty Advisor to ETE, Art History Honor Society

Susan Scott

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