In conjunction with the HKUMS's Bhutan Blessings tour in April, we have invited Teresa Bartholomew, Curator Emeritus of Himalayan Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, to give a talk on the descriptions and significances of Bhutanese Thangkas. The talk will be a comprehensive introduction to the history, style, appreciation, creation, symbolism and conservation of this special art form.
Terese Tse Bartholomew was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. She received her B.A. in Art at Holy Names College, Oakland, in 1965, and her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968. She had been a curator at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for 39 years, first as the Curator of Indian and South-east Asian Art, and ended as the Curator of Himalayan Art and Chinese Decorative Art. She is now Curator Emeritus.
She had curated many exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum, including The Dragon's Gift – the Sacred Arts of Bhutan in 2008. She has published in the fields of Chinese, Himalayan, and Indian Art.