Prof.Bilinda Devage Nandadeva

 

 

  Name: Prof. B.D. Nandadeva
Designation: Professor
Department: Fine Arts
University Location: Senake Bandaranayake Hall (K10)
Telephone: Mobile: (+94) 71-072-9885
Office:    (+94) 11-290-3772
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Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Art Conservation Research, University of Delaware, DE, USA (1998).
  • Graduate Diploma in Rock Art Conservation, University of Canberra, Australia (1990). 
  • M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites, University of Moratuwa (1986).
  • Research Student, University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1978-80).
  • B.A. (Hons) in Fine Arts, University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka. (1975).

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor (2009 Nov to-date).
  • Senior Lecturer- Grade I (1992-2009).
  • Senior Lecturer- Grade II (1986-1992).
  • Assistant Lecturer (1978-1986).
  • On sabbatical leave;
    Visiting Professor: Dept. of Fine Arts, Sojo University, Japan (May 2006-April 2007).

Administrative Experience:

  • Head, Dept. of Fine Arts (1995-2000; 2003-2005)
  • Head, Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit (2005-2006)
  • Acting Head, English Language Teaching Unit (Jan-April 2005)
  • Acting Director, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya (May-July 1999)

Research and Publications:

Books

Research Articles:

  • Flowers for the dhamma: Painted Buddhist Palm-leaf Manuscript Covers (kamba) of Sri Lanka’, in Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art. Eds. Berkwitz, S., J. Schober, C. Brown. London: Routledge. pp. 159-171. (2008).
  • ‘Recent studies on Sri Lankan Mural Painting Technology’ in Scientific Research in the   Field of Asian Art : Proceedings of the First Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art..ed. Jett, P. et.al. London: Archetype, and Washington D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, pp. 170-76, (2002).

  • With W.T. Chase et.al.  ‘Beautiful Microstructures’ in Asian Art & Culture. Vol. xix. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. pp. 68-83. (1996)

  • ‘Rock Art of Sri Lanka’; in Rock Art in the Old World, Ed. M. Lorblanchet; IGNCA Rock Art Series-I, New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. pp. 337- 347.  (1992).

  • ‘Illukvava Terracotta Figurines’ in The Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya-Dambulla Region, Eds.  Bandaranayake, S., M. Mogren, and S. Epitawatta. Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo. pp. 220-36. (1990).

  • ‘A Catalogue of Some Selected Terracotta Objects from Manavava’ in The Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya-Dambulla Region, Eds.  Bandaranayake, S., M. Mogren, and S. Epitawatta. Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo. pp. 241-46. (1990).

  • ‘Traditions and Techniques of Earthen Architecture of Sri Lanka’; in Adobe 90 Preprints, 6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute. pp. 105-110. (1990).

  • Rock Art of Sri Lanka- an Introduction; in Kalyani: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya (Vols. 7 & 8), pp. 157-64. (1988).

  • Rock art sites of Sri Lanka: a Catalogue; in Ancient Ceylon (6), pp.173-208. (1986).

Seminar Papers:

Poems:

Presentations:

  • Diversity, Variability, and Shared Culture: Material and Technological Choices of Non-Traditional Buddhist Temple Painters of Colonial Ceylon (AD 1750-1900).  Caroline Villers Fellowship Lecture for the Courtauld Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, (2012).
  • ‘Preservation of Polychrome Wood in the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka’, paper presented to the International Seminar on Conservation of Painted Surfaces on Wooden Structures in East Asia. Beijing, China. (2008).
  • ‘Anti-war Imagery of Contemporary Sri Lankan Artists’, paper presented to the 32nd Congress of the International Historians of Art (CIHA), University of Melbourne. (2008).
  • ‘Buddhist Art of Colonial Ceylon: Adaptation and Survival Strategy of a Marginalized Religious Majority’, paper presented to the XIXth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Tokyo. (2005).
  • 'Expressing the 'Other-ness' or Being Neo-colonial?  Dilemmas of the Painters of Post-colonial Sri Lanka', paper presented to the Symposium 'Our Modernities: Positioning Asian Art Now', Singapore National University, (2004).in www.ari. nus.edu.sg/conf2004/asianart.htm
  • 'Art Representations and Social Responses to Adaptation: Buddhist Art of Colonial Ceylon', paper presented to the 3rd International Convention of Asia Scholars, Singapore National University. August. (2003).
  • ‘Anuradhapura’, ‘Kandy’, ‘Polonnaruva’, and ‘Sigiriya’; in Art of India. ed. Fredrick M. Asher. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., Chicago.  (Four short articles on four major archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. pp: 347-48, 409-10; 447-48; 459-60). (2002). 
  • ‘Materials and Techniques of Sri Lankan Mural Paintings of the Late Historical Period’, paper presented to the 100th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.  Washington D.C. . (1998).

Research Interests:

  • Art of Sri Lanka during the colonial period as a shared cultural heritage
  • Technical history of Sri Lankan art

Current Research Activities:

  • Buddhist temple paintings of the western and southern maritime provinces of Sri Lanka

International & National Workshop/ Seminar/ Conference Participation:

  • International Seminar on Conservation of Painted Surfaces on Wooden Structures in East Asia. Beijing, (2008).
  • 32nd Congress of the International Historians of Art (CIHA), University of Melbourne., (2008)
  • Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art, an International Experts Meeting, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA. (2006).
  • XIXth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Tokyo. (2005).
  • Symposium 'Our Modernities: Positioning Asian Art Now', Singapore National University,  (2004)
  • 3rd International Convention of Asia Scholars, Singapore National University. August. (2003).
  • First Forbes Symposium on Scientific Research in the   Field of Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art.  Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2002)
  • 100th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.  Washington D.C. . (1998).
  • Adobe 90, 6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture, Las Cruses, New Mexico, USA. (1990).
  • First International Congress on Rock Art, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Darwin, Australia (1988).

Awards:

  • Caroline Villers Research Fellowship, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, Sept 2011 to May 2012.
  • Fulbright Senior Visiting Research Fellowship at the Museum Studies Program, University of Delaware, USA, Oct.-Dec. 2000.
  • Forbes Fellowship to conduct research on Sri Lankan Mural painting materials at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1994-95.
  • Competitive Fellowship, University of Delaware, USA for doctoral research, 1994-95.
  • Kress Fellowship for doctoral studies at the University of Delaware, 1991-1994.
  • UNESCO Training Fellowship to follow the Graduate Diploma Course in Rock Art Conservation, University of Canberra, Australia, 1989
  • Greek Government scholarship to study Greek art and Byzantine Art at the University of Thessaloniki, 1978-80

Any other Information:

  • Consultant Director for Mural Painting Conservation:  Central Cultural Fund (custodian organization for the six World Cultural Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka), Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka. (2008 to-date).
  • Consultant and Team Leader:  Compiled management plans for five of the six World Cultural Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka based on UNESCO’s new guidelines, emphasizing on the Outstanding Universal Values of each site (2010)
  • Resource Person:  Workshop on the Preservation of Intangible Heritage for Northern Sri Lanka.  UNESCO-funded project on increasing awareness and capacity building to encourage the civil war-impacted ethnic Tamils to preserve their own intangible heritage (2010).
  • Course Director:  Two-week training program on Archaeological Heritage Management for students from the Republic of Maldives, University of Kelaniya project, funded by UNESCO (1999).
  • Participant:  Conservation and management project at Painted Rock, a Chumash Indian rock art site in the Carrizo Plain Natural Area, California, USA, sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Bureau of Land Management of the US government (1991).

 


 

 

 

 
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