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Tiffany Wai-Ying Beresphoto of Beres giving gallery tour to patrons



Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres is a Doctoral Candidate in the PhD Program in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego with a specialization in Asian Art. Beres is currently completing her dissertation on the ways that antiquity is critically reinterpreted and recontextualized in Chinese ink painting and how antiquarian practices seep into popular culture. Her research is supported by the Bei Shan Tang foundation. 

Beres is also a curator and cultural worker who is broadly interested in the transnational, cross-geographic flows of visual culture that characterize the global art world. She has curated more than 30 exhibition projects for museums and institutions around the world such as the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, the Pagoda Paris in France, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, and more. For more information, please visit

A strong advocate for community engagement and DEAI, Beres directs an online Asian art calendar of events, Insight Asian Art, to make the field more accessible and is also involved with the local California arts and culture scene as Asian community activist and member of the San Diego Public Art Committee.


Recent Publications:


  • Bei Shan Tang Doctoral Thesis Grant, Bei Shan Tang Foundation, Hong Kong, 2022
  • Mellon Chinese Object Workshop Fellow, National Museum of Asian Art, Washington D.C., 2022
  • Russell Grant, UC San Diego Department of Art History, 2021
  • Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation Travel Grant to China, ACLS, Washington D.C., 2020
  • Institute of Arts and Humanities Graduate Summer Fellowship, UC San Diego, 2020
  • Grantee for the Graduate Student Podcasting Institute, National Humanities Center and the Digital Humanities Center of San Diego State University, 2020