Dina Bangdel, Ph.D. : Dr. Bangdel is a Professor of Asian Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is ranked among the finest art historians in the world focusing on the Himalayan region. Having done research on Newar Buddhist and Hindu art in the Kathmandu Valley since 1988, she has curated major exhibitions of these traditions. The most notable, “Circle of Bliss,” she co-curated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2003-4. Her presentations to the 2006 Institute were among the most highly rated based upon her clear articulation of topics and an extraordinary selection of images. Dr. Bangdel has published three books: Sculpture of King Jayavarma and the Varma Dynasty of Nepal (Nepali), Against the Current: Life of Lain Bangdel, Painter, Writer, and Art Historian of Nepal, and Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art.
Dr. Bangdel received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1999 and her primary areas of specialization are South Asian/Indian art and Himalayan art, with secondary areas of interests relating to the issues of gender and identity in South Asian contemporary art and film. Her current research focuses on the art and ritual traditions of Newar Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and the development of Tantric Buddhist iconography of the Himalayan regions, principally Nepal and Tibet.