Yinshi Lerman-Tan received her Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University in 2019 and her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 2011. She specializes in American art and culture from nineteenth century to present. Her research and teaching interests include forgotten and understudied American artists; Asian American art; the artist’s lived experience; and the movement of works of art across space and time.
Her current book project, Living Still: John F. Peto and the Artist Across Time, explores issues of copying, authorship, and the afterlives of art in the life and work of American still life painter John F. Peto. In addition to publishing essays on topics ranging from nineteenth-century painting and material culture to contemporary Asian American art in the Bay Area, Lerman-Tan has curated a number of exhibitions. Her recent exhibition Blackboard considered the intersection of art, education, and protest. Lerman-Tan’s research has been supported by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she was the 2018-2019 Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, and by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lerman-Tan is the inaugural Coates Foundation Trinity-San Antonio Museum Postdoctoral Fellow. At Trinity, she teaches courses on American Art that meet at the San Antonio Museum of Art and teaches in the First-Year Experience program.
Ph.D. in Art History, Stanford University
M.A. in Art History, Stanford University
B.A. in American Studies, Yale University
Honors & Awards
Coates Foundation Trinity-San Antonio Museum Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-2021
Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2018-2019
Mellon Curatorial Research Assistantship (carried out at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University), 2018