Yun-chen Lu

Yun-chen Lu
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: East Asian art, Chinese painting and calligraphy
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
Committee Members: Miriam Wattles, Xiaorong Li (East Asian Cultures & Literature, UCSB), Hui-Shu Lee (Art History, UCLA), Lothar von Falkenhausen (Art History, UCLA)
Dissertation: "A Left-Turn to Artistic Eccentricity: Gao Fenghan (1683–1749) and Disability Art in Eighteenth-century Yangzhou"
M.A. Thesis: "Criticism and Connoisseurship: Yue Ke’s (1183-1243) Calligraphy Collection in Southern Song" (National Taiwan University, completed 2013)


Yun-chen Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in Chinese art history. Her dissertation investigates the relationship between the trend of artistic eccentricity and artists with disabilities and explores the development of disability art and aesthetics in eighteenth-century Yangzhou. Her other research interests include art exchanges between Qing China, Edo Japan, and Joseon Korea.

Prior to enrolling in UC Santa Barbara, Yun-chen was working at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. She came to UCSB with her B.A. in Chinese Literature and M.A. in Art History from National Taiwan University. For the academic year 2021-22, Yun-chen is a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.