Arthur Mu-sen Kao高木森
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What language do you speak? 你通曉哪些語言?
Chinese & English
Where are you located? 你的居住地區?
San Jose
Art medium or relation 藝術體裁或联系:
Painting/繪畫, Curating策展, Critics評論
About Me 個人簡介:
Name : Kao, Arthur Mu-sen (高木森)
Style Names: Xishan I’shi(羲山逸士),Xuanxuanzi (玄玄子), Keyin (可隱)
Sex: Male
Citizenship: U.S.A.
Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1942
Place of birth: Taiwan, R.O.C.
Educational background:
Ph.D. Art History, University of Kansas (K.U.), 1979
M.Ph. Art History, K.U., 1974
M.A. Art History, K.U., 1975
M.F.A. Art and Art History, College of Chinese Culture, Taiwan, 1970
B.A. Foreign Language and Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1967
Present Position (May. 1995--present):
Professor, School of Art and Design, San Jose State University.
(From Aug. 1996-99: Associate Director of School of Art and Design, SJSU)
1989-: Professor, San Jose State University. Visiting professor, Tunghai University (fall, 1995), Visiting Professor National Taiwan Normal University (fall, 2003), Visiting Professor, Yunlin University of Science and Technology (fall, 2006)
1985-89: Assistant Professor, Kent State University and the University of Akron, Ohio.
1979-85: Lecturer VIII, Chinese University of Hong Kong
1976-79: Visiting Assistant Professor, Kent State University, Ohio.
1974-76: Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Kansas.
1971 (summer): Research Assistant, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.
1970 (Jan.-Aug.): Staff member, National palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
Books Published:
Antiquity Meets Modernism (古意今情),Chinese with English summary, San Min Press, Taiwan, 2008
The Essence of Ming Dynasty Painting (明山淨水—明畫思想探微), 2005.
Chung-kuo Hui-hua Ssu-hsiang Shih (中國繪畫思想史),2nd edition, 2004.
Arts of Asia (亞洲藝術), Chinese Version, 2000.
On My Own Painting and Poems--The Rhythm of Heaven and Earth (自說自畫), English and Chinese, 1999.
The Essence of Yuan Dynasty Painting, (元氣淋漓—元畫思想探微),1998.
East Meets West in Art, English version, student reader, 1997.
The Easy Input Method for Chinese (中文便捷輸入法), 1995.
The Essence of Sung Dynasty Painting--A research of Sung Painting (宋畫思想探微), 1994.
A History of Indian Art (印度藝術),1993.
Arts of Asia, English version, student reader, 1992.
Chung-kuo Hui-hua Ssu-hsiang Shih (中國繪畫思想史), 1992.
A Comprehensive Study of Western Zhou Bronzes (西周青銅彝器彙考),1986.
Paintings of the Five Dynasties and Northern Sung (五代北宋的繪畫), 1982.
The Life and Art of Li Kan, Ph.D. dissertation, 1979.
Mahayana Buddhist Sculpture (大乘佛教造像研究), Master Degree thesis, 1970.
Books in progress:
1. East Meets West in Art (東西藝術比較), being published by the San-min Press.
3. Miracles in Painting and Poetry (詩畫尋奇), editing.
Major Scholastic Articles Published: more than 170 articles (omitted).
Honors and Awards
“Award of Excellence,” Triton Museum AVA Art Show, 2007.
“Award of Excellence,” Cupertino Art League Art Show, 2006.
“Gold Caldron Art Theory Award,” Chinese Art Association, Taipei, 2006
“Grand Award,” the Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations for the book The Essence of Yuan Dynasty Painting, 1999.
"Outstanding Achievement in Equity and Diversity" Recommendation award. April 1999. SJSU.
"Campus Climate Funds Award," March 29, 1999. SJSU.
“Lottery Grant and CSU Research Grant” award for the Vietnamese Art Research Project. 1998.
(Trip to Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan, June 12-July 15)
“Lottery Grant”, Award for the International Conference on the Art of Zhao Mengfu, 1995.
Three grants: Dean's Small Grant, Lottery Grant, and CSU Research Grant, 1994.
Consultant of Chinese Art for the 1992 Tcap (Teachers of California Art Project) Summer Institute, 1992.
“Gold-cauldron Award” for the book Chung-kuo Hui-hua Ssu-hsiang Shih (The History of Thought in Chinese Painting), 1992.
Selected for 1991 National Endowment for the Humanities Supported Institute "Modern Chinese Art and Culture”, 1991.
“Good Publication Award,” for the book A Comprehensive Study of Western Zhou Bronzes, 1987.
Artist Communities:
Executive Committee of Chinese Art Association, 1990—
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Cultural Heritage Board Member, 2000—
Founder and President of Chinese American Art Association (Chinese American Art Development Foundation),
Exhibition Organizer and participant:
Chinese Art Association annual shows, 1990—
Chinese American Art Association annual shows, 2003—
Art Auction, donation sale exhibition for Sichuan Earthquake, 2008
Buddhist Art Exhibition, MLK Jr. Library, 2007
America in My Mind Exhibition, MLK Jr. Library, 2004
Root and Land Exhibition, Natalie and James Art Gallery, SJSU. 1997.
Group Exhibition (omitted)
Solo Shows after 1984:
Yunlin National University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan, Dec. 2006
Chinese Art Gallery, San Leandro, Nov. 6-21, 1999.
New Brush Painting Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 1988.
Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, 1984.
How did you hear about us? 你如何知道我們?
At Ms. Abby Chen's presentation

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At 7:02am on February 15, 2008, Shen Keng-Hsiang said…
At 10:11pm on January 11, 2008, Abby Chen said…
The exhibit "America in my mind" is amazing!
At 1:43pm on January 3, 2008, Feng Jin said…
Dear Dr. Kao:

It's nice to see you building a website here.
Wish you Happy New Year!

Feng & Lauren
At 4:23pm on January 2, 2008, Lampo Leong said…
Dear Dr. Kao,

It is nice to see your paintings! Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Lampo Leong
Chair, Department of Art
Associate Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing
University of Missouri-Columbia
Dept. of Art, A129 Fine Arts, Columbia, MO 65211-6090
Office: 573-882-3761
Fax: 573-884-6807
Leong Website:
Art Dept Website:
University Website:
At 2:13pm on January 2, 2008, Ming Franz said…
Dr. Kao :
Thanks, I am in the group. I also belong to one in the NM call Duke city Fix.
I adore Your Zion Canyon Paintings.


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