Taliesin Thomas

Aesthetics Enthusiast
Director, AW Asia }

Taliesin Thomas was first involved with the dynamic art world during her undergraduate days at Bennington College. She has worked in the field of contemporary Chinese art after living two years in rural China (1999-2001). Since 2007 she is the founding director of AW Asia, a private arts organization that promotes the field of contemporary Chinese art through institutional loans, museum acquisitions, curatorial projects, and publishing.

She is simultaneously the manager of a private art collection. Thomas has lectured widely on contemporary Chinese art including The Ringling Museum of Art, FL; Denver Arts & Venues at Civic Center, CO; The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA; School of Visual Arts, NY; The Warhol Museum, PA; Brattleboro Museum, VT; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; and the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Lisbon, Portugal; and the former Chelsea Art Museum, NY. She has published in ARTPULSE magazine, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese ArtJournal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCCA), and ArtAsiaPacific magazine. Thomas holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University and she is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Theory and Philosophy with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts concurrent with her professional role in the art world.