Heping Liu

Heping Liu
(781) 283-3371
B.A., Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages (China); M.A., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Heping Liu
Associate Professor of Art

Asian art historian and specialist in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

Heping Liu

Can you hear the sound of silence?
   The sound of silence
         from nature
         in poetry
         in art.

Nature is my inspiration—
    Natural and free
         like an invisible breeze
              a floating cloud
              a meandering stream.

What does the ancient philosopher mean when he says—
    the virtuous (rulers and social elites)
        find delight in mountains;
    the wise (hermits and independent thinkers)
        find delight in the waters?

I am hearing it now—
    The sound of silence
         like a raindrop
         into the sea. 


My research focuses on the intersections of art, literature, environment, science and technology. It has been recognized with a number of awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.

I teach eight courses on various subjects of Chinese and Asian art plus a team-taught introduction to the history of art. One of my most gratifying experiences is to make students experience works of art first-hand through object-viewing sessions, hands-on workshops, class visits to the Davis Museum, and field trips to major museums in the Boston-New York area.
My selected scholarly publications are available at: https://wellesley.academia.edu/HepingLiu