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Sonya Lee

United States

Sonya Lee is an assistant professor of Chinese art and visual culture at the University of Southern California. Ms. Lee earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago in 1997 and 2004, and her book Surviving Nirvana: Death of the Buddha in Chinese Visual Culture was published by Hong Kong University Press in 2010.

Grants Awarded

2011 | Art History | China

ACC provided support to Sonya Lee to carry out focused research on ecological history of cave temples at sites in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China. Investigating what it means to integrate cultural practices into the natural environment, Ms. Lee’s research offered a unique perspective on the artistic practice at cave temples and the creative use of monumental sculpture to reshape landscapes into cultural spaces.