It is a great pleasure to present A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints, an exhibition that is the culmination of two curatorial seminars in the Department of the History of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and private collectors for lending these important works to the exhibition. 

Special thanks and kudos are due to the Curatorial team:

Quintana Heathman and Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D. candidates, History of Art

Julie Nelson Davis, Associate Professor, History of Art

With assistance from Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Director and University Curator, Arthur Ross Gallery.

Fall Semester Curatorial Seminar:  from left to right, standing: Ying Pan, Rissa Pappilion, Hillary Halter, Yae-jin Ha, Harrison Schley, Lin Zheng, Travis Mager, Lynn Lees, Petya Andreeva, Eileen Gao; left to right, seated: Quintana Heathman, Julie Nelson Davis, Jeannie Kenmotsu

Student curators who participated in the seminars are:

Spring Semester Curatorial Seminar, from left to right:  Haeyoon Chang, Harrison Schley, Daria Melnikova, Katelyn Hobbs, Julie Nelson Davis, Kendra Grimmett, Shelley Langdale, Anna Moblard-Meier, Jenny Lu, and Olivia Pei

Spring 2014: Petya Andreeva, Megan Czerwinski, Eileen Gao, Yae-jin Ha, Hillary Halter, Drew Hasson, Lynn Lees, Travis Mager, Anna Moblard-Meier, Ying Pan, Rissa Papillion, Harrison Schley, Kimberly Schreiber, and Lin Zheng.

Spring 2015: Haeyoon Chang, Kendra Grimmett, Katelyn Hobbs, Jenny Lu, Daria Melnikova, Anna Moblard-Meier, Olivia Pei, and Harrison Schley


The organizers would like to thank the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Department of the History of Art, the Mellon Foundation, the Penn Curatorial Seminar Fund, the Provost’s Office, and the

Sachs Program in Contemporary Art for their generous support of the exhibition.

We would also like to acknowledge our generous supporters: Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Arthur Ross Exhibition Fund, the Hohns Family ESCAPE Program, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Patron’s Circle and the Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Additional thanks are due to Dejáy Duckett, Associate Director, and Sara Stewart, Gallery Coordinator, the Arthur Ross Gallery Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Board, ARG Lecturer Daria McMeans, student docents, Daniel Murphy, Raymond Rorke, John D. Taylor, and John Junius Taylor.

Thanks are also offered to colleagues, friends, and family for their support of this project.


Julie Nelson Davis                               Lynn Marsden-Atlass

Associate Professor, History of Art               Director and University Curator