Asian Art Essay Prize 2017-2018

The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the committee for the Asian Art Essay Prize, consisting of Dr. Koon, Dr. Wyma and Dr. Hammers, has selected the essay “A New Perspective in Reviewing the Modern Woodcut Movement” by Melanie Chung as the winner. We appreciate the sophisticated analysis Ms. Chung brought to bear on her research of the history of the modern woodcut movement in twentieth-century China. Ms. Chung explores the scholarship on the history of the Chinese modern woodcut movement and evaluates claims that these artists with their print medium were aware of and engaged with international avant-garde art practices.  The essay is available here.

Honourable Mentions goes to Mr. Jeffery Lin Chi Ho for his essay on “Understanding viewer reception from material science: a study of Toyohara Chikanobu’s Reflection of the Period series prints.” His essay offers an innovative focus on the material aspects of this Japanese artist’s Meiji-era woodblock prints.

Congratulations to both of these Fine Arts students who curiously both wrote on the print media!

We would like to thank all students who entered the Asian Art Essay Prize competition and sincerely hope all enjoyed further developing their ideas in the submitted essays. We are very pleased that students take this opportunity to improve their skills in writing essay in Asian art history.

The Asian Art Essay Prize Competition is generously funded by the HKU Museum Society.

Career Opportunities: Assistant or Associate Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the M.A. in Art History (Ref.: 492417)

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (with tenure) in art history. The successful applicant will take leadership of the department’s new M.A. in art history, beginning September, 2019 (  Applicants should have substantial, high-quality teaching experience and demonstrate a commitment to rigorous and innovative research. Specialization in Asian art, western art, or museum studies is preferred. Curatorial or related professional experience is a plus, as is related administrative experience.

The Department ( is one of the leading art history faculties in Asia and includes specialists in Asian art (antiquity to the present day) and Western art (medieval to contemporary periods). We have on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, plus a small number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. The Department achieved outstanding results in Hong Kong’s last Research Assessment Exercise (2014). The Faculty of Arts, of which we are a part, is highly ranked internationally (currently 18 in QS and 29 in THE global rankings by Arts and Humanities subjects). Humanities research at HKU is well-supported, with excellent library resources and grant opportunities. Teaching load is normally three courses per year but this position will initially have a reduction to two courses per year (including one of the M.A. core courses) plus academic advising for M.A. students. All instruction is in English.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The assistant professor salary range is currently HK$711,300 – $1,060,020 per annum (roughly US$91,192 – $135,900 at current exchange rates), while the associate professor salary range is HK$899,940 – $1,430,220.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. The appointment will commence by September 1, 2019. Associate Professors will be hired with tenure. Assistant Professors will be hired on a tenure-track contract. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

Applicants should apply online at the University’s career site ( and upload an up-to-date C.V.; a cover letter detailing research plans, teaching abilities, and any relevant experience in graduate teaching and administration (maximum two pages); a writing sample; and a portfolio of past teaching materials and evaluations. Applicants should also have three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders to Applications (including all recommendation letters) should be submitted by January 15, 2019.

For inquiries, please contact the interim M.A. Coordinator, Prof. Greg Thomas, at

Dr. Yeewan Koon and the 2018 Gwangju Biennale

The 2018 Gwangju Biennale will soon start and Dr. Yeewan Koon as one of the 11 curators is currently busy working with the artists at the exhibition venue. Their section is called “Faultlines”. Information will soon be available on a dedicated website for this section. Meanwhile, here are some links for updates on the event:

2018 Gwangju Biennale official site

related article: Gwangju Biennale pushes boundaries with 11 curators and focus on Korean artists

Asian Art Essay Competition 2017-2018

This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

– 29 June 2018
(Final year students)
17 September 2018
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.