Amy C. Riggs

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Amy C. Riggs

Chinese Art


Amy C. Hwang studies the art of China. She is interested in reconstructing the circumstances of the production of works of art. Amy’s dissertation examines the four extant images of fulling cloth (the pounding of raw silk or fabric) before the mid-13th century—on a stone vessel, a tomb mural, and two handscrolls—with a focus on Mou Yi’s 1240 handscroll and its cultural biography.

Amy holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University, an M.A. in art history from Columbia University, and an M.A. in art and archaeology from Princeton University. As a research intern in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amy conducted preliminary studies and established a database of a 200-piece collection of sketches, drawings, and paintings by the painter Xie Zhiliu (1910–97).

She has presented papers at the annual conferences of the Association for Asian Studies (2013 and 2014), a conference on merchant collectors at the University of Oxford (2012), and a conference on middle period China at Harvard University (2014). She will give a paper at the 2015 annual meeting of the College Art Association. During the 2013–14 academic year, Amy was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo.


“Imperial Treasures in the Hands of a Ming Merchant: Xiang Yuanbian’s Collection,” in Early Modern Merchants as Collectors (Visual Culture in Early Modernity), ed. Christina M. Anderson (Routledge, December 2016). 

Artists’ biographies and catalogue entries in Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and His Collection, ed. Julie Andrews and Kuiyi Shen (Stanford University Press, 2006).