General Information

The Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is affiliated with two professional societies in the United States, the College Art Association and the Association for Asian Studies. Membership is open to anyone worldwide with a serious scholarly interest in the study of Japanese art history, visual and material culture, including faculty and graduate students in art history and related fields, museum professionals, independent scholars, and serious collectors. Current membership: ca. 450+ persons worldwide. Our tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization was founded in 1997.

The JAHF Mission:

To promote the study and understanding of Japanese art history, visual and material culture, by coordinating structured and informal opportunities for interchange and dialogue among members at special exhibitions and symposia of Japanese art and at other scholarly conferences in North America, and by encouraging research and dissemination of research, on our e-mail list, to which members are automatically subscribed when they join our organization, and on the secure, members section of this website.

Current Board Members:

  • President: Julie Davis
  • Vice-president: Namiko Kunimoto
  • Treasurer: Kari Shepherdson-Scott
  • Secretary: Justin Jesty
  • Graduate Student Representative: Holly Rubalcava

Ongoing Board-Appointed Positions:

  • Listserv Owners: Frank Chance and Tomoko Sakomura
  • Website Adviser: Patricia Graham
  • Website Administrator: Rosemarie Fernandez