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Nalini N. Rao, PhD

Associate Professor of World Art

Phone: 949-480-4034

Fax: 949-480-4126

Email: nrao@soka.edu

http://sites.soka.edu/faculty/nrao/

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

  • Ph.D. Art History, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Ph.D. History, University of Mysore, Mysore, India.
  • M.A. University of Marathawada, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
  • B.A., University of Marathawada, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Positions Held

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2006-2016 Associate Professor of World Art, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA. Asian Art, South and S.E. Asian Art, East Asian Art, Indian Archaeology,Modern Art, Modern Architecture, Indian History and Culture, Classical Art, East Asian Painting and Sculpture, Contemporary Visual Culture, Core Courses, Learning Clusters.
  • 2000-06 Assistant Professor of World Art, SUA
  • 1999 Instructor, Asian Art, USC, CA. Asian Art I & II, Art of India and S. E. Asia: Graduate level
  • 1997-98 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Art, University of Hawaii, Hilo. Introduction to Art History, Asian Art, East Asian Art, Western Art, Modern Art.
  • 1997 Consulting Curator for Asian Art. Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas
  • 1996 Instructor, Asian Art, CSULB. Art of India & Southeast Asian Art, Asian Traditions
  • 1995 Instructor, Western Art, CSUN
  • 1994 Instructor, California State University, Long Beach, CA. Indian & Southeast Asian Art I & II ; Asian Traditions
  • 1993 Instructor, California State University, Northridge, CA. Advanced Course in Asian Art, Survey of Western Art
  • 1992-4 Instructor, Dept. of Asian American Studies, UCLA. Indo-American Experience.
  • 1992 Lecturer, Art History, UCI. Asian art, later I art Hindu Art & Religion, Islamic Art and Religion, Indian Archaeology
  • 1992 Instructor, Chinese and Japanese Art ; Asian History. Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
  • 1990 Instructor, Buddhist Art of India ; Art of South East Asia. California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • 1988 Instructor, Art of India ; Art of South East Asia California State University, Fullerton, CA
  • 1988 Instructor, Major Art Monuments of India ; Art and Architecture of India. University of California, Extension Los Angeles, CA
  • 1982-83 Instructor, Survey of Western Art ; Indian Painting. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 1981-83 Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor of Asian History and Culture. University of Houston, Texas
  • 1977-80 Assistant, Archeological Survey of India, Bangalore, India. Conservation, Excavation and Curatorial experience
  • 1974-75 Instructor, History, College of Arts and Science, Aurangabad, India. MUSEUM EXPERIENCE
  • 2000 -2008  Art Gallery, Soka University of America, Ca. Designed, organized world art exhibitions. Marketing, art education talks, co-ordination of artistic, social and cultural activities. Involvement in student art.
  • Curator: Art of the Sindhu- Sarasvati Civilization. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 2014
  • Curator: Modern Chinese Painting in Los Angeles. Soka University of America, 2006
  • Curator: Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art. 2005
  • Designer: Gallery of Indus Script in Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati.S. India. 2003
  • Designer, Curator: Weaving the Earth in Harmony: An Exhibition of Native American Art from the Collection of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Photographs by Eugene Lally.Soka University of America. 2003
  • Organizer: Exhibition Bridges to Freedom: One man show by Gerome Gestaldi. Soka University of America. 2001
  • Organizer, Curator: Boundaries and Transformations: Exhibition of South and Southeast Asian Art from the Collection of Dr. Price. Seminar and Events. Amarillo, Texas (1997).
  • 1997 Curator of Asian Art, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas Cataloging, organizing exhibitions, educational lectures, interpretation
  • 2001 Workshops on Museum Display, and Art Education in Paul Getty Museum, Ca.
  • 1994 Workshops in CSULB: Web and Art Images
  • 1985-86 Cataloging , Art Images . Dept. of Art History. UCLA.
  • 1975-80 Assistant to Director of Tourism, KSTDC, Bangalore. Training docents, guides.

Research Interests

  • CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS Indus Valley Civilization – Art and Archaeology Modern Art in India Buddhist and Hindu Traditions – Relics and the Body Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism 2016 SE. Asian Art, The Devaraja Tradition in Cambodia. 2016 The Monastery and Educational Institution in India.

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • "Royal Religious Beneficence in Pre-Modern India: Political and Social Implications." Journal of Dharma Studies. (Forthcoming, 2016).
  • "The Aesthetics of Visual Perception in relation to Indian Temple Art: The dynamics of architecture and Sculpture". Kala : the Journal of Indian Art History Congress. Vol XIX, 2013-2014, pp. 87-91.
  • Rao, Nalini: Ed. Sindhu-Sarasvati Civlilization: New Perspectives. New Delhi.DKPrintworld, 2014.
  • "Royal, Religious and Economic Networks at Vijayanagara: Role of the Bazaar and Built Environment". Sardesai Felicitation Volume. Ed.Roger Long. 2014.
  • "An Analysis of the Concept of Sacredness in Indus Valley Art: Retracing the Roots of the Goddess". Perspectives on the Origin of Indian Civilization.Edited by Angela Marcantonio, pp. 288-304. DKPrintworld. New Delhi. 2012.
  • "Power and Patronage in the Making of Gandhara Art." The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: An Introduction. Edited by Stephen Andrew Arbury, pp. 269-280. Greece. 2012.
  • "Modern Indian Art: 1947-2009". Encyclopedia of Modern India. ABC Clio. Greenwood. 2013. 
  • Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India. Originals. Delhi. 2010.
  • Rao, Nalini: Ed. Sangama: A Confluence of Art and Culture During the Vijayanagara Period. Originals.Delhi. 2005.
  • Nalini Rao and Debashish Banerji: Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art. G.K. Pub. Bangalore. 2005.
  • "An Aesthetic Experience of Hoysala Architecture: The Influence of the Patron and Artist". Hoysala: A World Heritage in Stone, pp. 28-54. Kannada Vrinda. Houston. 2004.
  • "A Dynamic Religious Leader in Rural India: Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade of Dharmasthala". Charisma and Commitment in South Asian History: Essays Presented to Stanley Wolpert. Edited by Roger D. Long, pp.367-378. Orient Longman, New Delhi. 2004.
  • Boundaries and Transformations: Masterworks of Indian and South East Asian Sculptures from the collection of Dr and Mrs. William Price. Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas. 1997.
  • "The Heroic Tradition in South Indian Art". Ananya: A Portrait of India. Edited by S.N. Sridhar and Mattoo, pp. 523-544. The Association of Indians in America. NewYork.1997.
  • "Royal Portraits at Vijayanagara: Identification and Meaning" in New Trends in Indian Art and Architecture. Edited by B.U. Nayak and Ghosh, pp. 349-366. Aditya Prakashan. New Delhi 1992.
  • "The Buddha and Bodhisattva as Rescuers of Seamen". Recent Advances in Marine Archaeology.Edited by S.R.Rao, pp. 185-187. National Institute of Oceanography. Goa. 1988.
  • "Marine Art in India". Marine Archaeology of Indian Ocean Countries. Edited by S.R.Rao, pp. 93-96.National Institute of Oceanography. Goa. 1988.
  • "Sculpture Under the Chalukyas of Badami". Rangavalli: Recent Researches in Indology. Edited by A.V. Narasimha Murthy and B.K. Gururaja Rao, pp. 215-224.Sandeep Prakashan. New Delhi. 1983.
  • Sravanabelagola. Art Publishers of India. Bangalore 1980.
  • Belur. Art Publishers of India. Bangalore 1979. Second edition, 1990.
  • Curator: Art of the Sindhu- Sarasvati Civilization. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 2014
  • Curator: Modern Chinese Painting in Los Angeles. Soka University of America, 2006
  • Curator: Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art. 2005
  • Designer: Gallery of Indus Script in Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati.S. India. 2003
  • Designer, Curator: Weaving the Earth in Harmony: An Exhibition of Native American Art from the Collection of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Photographs by Eugene Lally.Soka University of America. 2003
  • Organizer: Exhibition Bridges to Freedom: One man show by Gerome Gestaldi. Soka University of America. 2001
  • Organizer, Curator: Boundaries and Transformations: Exhibition of South and Southeast Asian Art from the Collection of Dr. Price. Seminar and Events. Amarillo, Texas (1997).

Courses Taught at SUA

  • South and S.E. Asian Art and Architecture,
  • Buddhist Art of Asia, Asian Art,
  • Modern Art, Modern Architecture, Indian History and Culture, Classical Art ,
  • Contemporary Visual Culture,
  • Gandhi and Modern India,
  • History of India,
  • Women in Art and Visual Culture
  • Core Courses, Learning Clusters, Modes, Pacific Basin.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • IGNCA Award for Narrative Art in South India, 2014- 15.
  • ICAC, Bowers Museum. Award for Presentation. 2011.
  • Kannada Sangha of Arizona. Award of Excellence. 2010
  • PBRC Award for Research in Indian Art. 2004, 2010.
  • Research Award. University of Hawaii. 1998
  • Ph.D. Research Award, Dept. of Art History, UCLA.1988
  • Ph.D Fellowship, University of Mysore, Mysore, 1978
  • Merit Scholarship, Marathawada University. Aurangabad. 1973

Biography

Nalini N. Rao joined the Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo faculty as Professor of World Art in September 2000. Rao came to SUA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she taught courses in Survey of Asian Art, Art of India and Southeast Asia. Before that she was an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii, Hilo (1998), and she was a Consulting Curator for Asian Art at the Amarillo Museum of Art in Texas (1997). Prior to that she was an instructor of Buddhist Art of India & Southeast Asia at California State University, Long Beach (1996) and Instructor in History of Western Art at California State University, Northridge (1995).

Rao holds two Ph.D.'s: one in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles and the other in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore, Mysore, India and an M.A. in History from the University of Marathawanda, Aurangabad, India.

Currently, Rao is involved in a number of research projects including, South Indian Monasteries: An investigation of the origin and evolution of South Indian Hindu monastic institutions from ninth to the 17th centuries, researching Asian sculpture and paintings in the private collection of Dr. William T. Price and studying a large private collection of Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari, and Bengal paintings, Tibetan Tankas, Gandhara terracottas and South Indian bronzes for cataloging and eventual publication.

Rao is an author of two books, Boundaries and Transformations (1997) and Royal Artistic Imagery at Vijayanagara (forthcoming). She has also written several articles including, ‘Royal Portraits at Vijayanagara: Identification and Meaning' in New Trends in Indian Art and Architecture (1992) and ‘The Buddha and Bodhisattva as Rescuers of Seamen' in Recent Advances in Marine Archaeology (1988).

Rao resides in Mission Viejo, California.