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Cortney Chaffin


Cortney E. Chaffin is a specialist in early Chinese art and archaeology with an emphasis on wooden funerary sculpture from the southern region of Chu. Her current research examines the significance of regional variations of a grotesque antlered creature carved out of wood and painted with lacquer found in Chu burials from the sixth through the third centuries BCE. Beyond wooden funerary sculpture, Dr. Chaffin also has research interests in topics ranging from animal imagery in early Chinese art, Eastern Zhou bronze vessels, and the artistic connections between Bronze Age cultures in China and Inner Asia. She has presented her research at the annual College Art Association conference, at national institutions and museums, and at international venues. 

At UW-Stevens Point, Dr. Chaffin has created and taught numerous courses in Asian art history and culture and has spearheaded curriculum development for the Art History area. Her courses cover a broad range of topics to which she devotes equal enthusiasm. In addition, Dr. Chaffin advises the Art History student organization, international students and fosters international and interdisciplinary events. In 2017, she directed and coordinated ‘Intermediary: Video Art from China’, an exhibition, artist talk and screening curated by alumna, Ellen Larsen. Dr. Chaffin previously directed two wildly successful College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC Creates) interdisciplinary events series, ‘Japan: The Floating World’ and ‘Xu Bing: The Art of Rewriting China’. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • College Art Association
  • Louis J. Kolb Society
  • Society for the Study of Early China
Cortney Chaffin
Professor of Art History

NFAC 192


Ph D
University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

University of Michigan - Dearborn