Heng Wu

Heng  Wu
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Art History and Visual
Area of expertise

Museum studies, curatorial research, audience studies, Asian art, cross-culture representation

Area of expertise

Museum studies, curatorial research, Asian art, cross-culture representation

Research interests:

Museum studies, curatorial research, Asian art, cross-culture representation

Brief Bio:

Heng Wu is the Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, overseeing one of the premier Asian art collections in North America and the finest in Western Canada. She joined the AGGV after a fruitful tenure at the Nanjing Museum in China, where she specialized in developing and managing international traveling exhibitions.

Dr. Wu earned her PhD from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2011, focusing on museum and society interactions. Her research interests also include museum communication, exhibitions, and storytelling, with a particular emphasis on the interpretation, presentation, and representation of Asian collections in a global context.

Throughout her career, Dr. Wu has worked on numerous exhibitions, varying in theme, scope, and type. She places great importance on applying the experiences gained from her museum work to her research and teaching while simultaneously incorporating her research findings and thoughts back into her practical work. 

Notable recent exhibitions she curated include A View from Here: Asian Art at the AGGV, which highlights the breadth and variety of the Gallery’s Asian art collection; Crossing: Art, Heritage, and Personal Journeys, featuring three local artists from Asian communities who explore their heritage through unique artistic expressions; and Glocal: Blue and White at AGGV, which examines global contexts of blue-and-white porcelains using the Gallery’s own collections.