Chaffin, Cortney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History, Department of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC), University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Elected: 2002 (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Cortney received her B.A. from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She earned her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her doctorate in 2007 at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (EALC), with a specialization in Chinese Art and Archaeology. Her dissertation, entitled "Strange Creatures of Chu: Antlered Tomb Sculptures of the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods," examined wooden sculptures painted with lacquer and adorned with real deer antlers in order to determine the significance of these burial images. Cortney studied abroad in China, and she is fluent in Mandarin.
Cortney taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Art History Department before coming to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2007, where she teaches the non-western art history classes, specializing in the arts of China, Eurasia, Japan, and India. She is also active in the Center for East Asian Studies. In 2009, she organized a month-long event sponsored by the College of Fine Arts & Communication, "COFAC creates: Japan—the Floating World." This included an exhibition of 18th–19th century Japanese woodblock prints from the Utagawa school loaned by the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, as well as lectures and performances. She followed this in early spring of 2012 with "COFAC Creates: Xu Bing-The Art of Rewriting China," a program of events featuring the work of contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing. The event also included a series of lectures, workshops, films, and performances on contemporary Chinese art. She also led a study tour to China with Professor Larry Ball in 2010, entitled Life and Death in Early and Imperial China. Cortney has lectured on topics stemming from her dissertation, including a recent presentation at Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art: A Conference at the Portland Art Museum.