Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Karin Oen-Lee
Senior Lecturer
Head of Art History, School of Humanities (SoH)
Dr Karin Oen is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of Art History in the School of Humanities. Recently, she was Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Art and Design in the School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang Technological University. From 2019-2021 she served as Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes for NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Prior to that, Dr Oen was associate curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. As the Asian Art Museum’s first full-time curator of contemporary art, Dr Oen was a pivotal figure in the growth of the museum’s contemporary collection and exhibition programme — especially in new media and works by Asian diaspora artists.

Dr Oen holds a PhD in History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA in Modern Art History, Connoisseurship and Art-Market History from Christie’s Education and a BA with honours in Urban Studies, Art History minor, from Stanford University.