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Having trained as an art historian, Guoying Stacy Zhang is dedicated to advocating cross-cultural understanding and inspiring the contemporary world with ancient cultural heritage.
Stacy obtained MA (Distinction) in Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies and MA (Distinction) in Buddhist Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art as a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation scholar. Before that, she was educated at Fudan University and UC Berkeley.
Stacy began her art career at Sotheby’s London and Christie’s Shanghai. Over the decade, she has shifted her focus to writing, curatorial work, art and cultural advisory, and forging international and interdisciplinary collaborations, while working with prominent museums, private collections, and cultural and religious institutions.
Stacy's understanding of Asian art and wisdom is deepened through engagement with objects and extensive fieldwork. Her work includes the following:
WritingA Chinese native, Stacy has published mainly in English on Buddhist art, Buddhism, Chinese art and culture. Her articles have been shared through the Arts of Asia, Forums (University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts), and Princeton University symposium. Her column at Buddhistdoor intends to reveal authentic Buddhist teachings and rare art objects to the general public by interviewing religious masters, scholars, artists, and private collectors, as well as by sharing personal views and experiences.
CuratorialWorking with the local Sangha, Stacy helped curate the “Exhibition on Shanxi Buddhist Art and Intangible Cultural Heritage” at Mount Wutai in 2016, a rare event for the sacred pilgrimage site in its thousands of years of history. Stacy also formerly served as the associate curator of the Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum - the first and only Buddhist art museum in Hong Kong founded by the Li Ka-Shing Foundation.
Art & Culture AdvisoryA trusted advisor of art and culture, Stacy has helped individuals and organisations with building, promoting, and researching their art collections. Her extensive global network spans diverse industries, allowing her to offer expert counsel on various cultural and heritage projects, adeptly navigating complex issues and balancing the interests of stakeholders.
Interdisciplinary CollaborationsThe world is constantly changing. In order to share Asian wisdom and inspire more people to live better, Stacy has been actively creating projects and forging interdisciplinary international collaborations. Her current projects explore women’s empowerment, art and technology, and spirituality in the contemporary world.
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