Date of Award

Fall 1-3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Wen-shing Chou

Second Advisor

Michael Lobel

Academic Program Adviser

Antonella Pelizzari


Living and working in northern California between the late 1950s and 1990s, abstract painter Bernice Lee Bing practiced Zen, Nichiren, and Nyingma Buddhism. This thesis studies what the visual and conceptual impact of these spiritual practices had on her abstract and visionary paintings.



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