Dr Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator. She is Associate Professor, Art History and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on Chinese art and visual and material culture, and curated numerous exhibitions.
Claire is fluent in Mandarin and began her studies in Chinese at secondary school in Melbourne. She later studied at Beijing Languages Institute (1978–79) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (1979-81). She has a Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honors (1983) and a Master of Arts (1987) from the University of Melbourne. She was Curator at the Museum of Chinese-Australian History, Melbourne (1986-88) and Senior Curator of Asian Arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988–2010).
Claire's PhD undertaken in the Research School of Pacific and Asian History at ANU (2006), focused on the work of scholar and brush-and-ink painter Huang Binhong (1865–1955). After completing her PhD she was a Post-doctoral Fellow with Geremie R Barmé's ARC Federation Fellowship (2007–09); Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2009-10); Coordinate Program Fellow, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2011); and Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Adelaide (2012–14). Her current ARC Future Fellowship project focuses on the international context of modern and contemporary Chinese art.