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Mary Beth Heston

Associate Professor

Address: Rivers Museum, First Floor
Office Hours: on sabbatical leave Spring 2015
Phone: 843.953.6313

Mary Beth Heston teaches courses on the visual arts and visual culture of South Asia, China, and Japan; she also teaches in Asian Studies, and is the founding Director of the Asian Studies Program. Her research has focused on the arts of the Kerala region of south India; her publications and current projects examine constructions of the body; architecture and kingship; defining a regional visual tradition; painting and its patronage as expressions of authority; and visual narratives.


Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio

Research Interests

Asian Art/Art of India

Courses Taught

ASST 101 Introduction to Asian Studies
ARTH 103 History of Asian Art
ARTH 308 Studies in Asian Art
ARTH 321 Hindu Myth and Image
ARTH 322 Indian Painting
ARTH 341 History of the Art of India
ARTH 342 History of the Art of China
ARTH 343 History of the Art of Japan


"Mixed Messages in the New 'Public' Travancore: Building the Capital 1860-1880" (under consideration)

"Powerful Bodies: "Kerala Style" Bronzes and Thinking about a Regional Style," Archives of Asian Art, vol. 54 (2004), 63-93

The Nexus of Divine and Earthly Rule: Padmanabhapuram Palace and Traditions of Architecture and Kingship in South Asia," Ars Orientalis XXVI (1996), 81-106*

Nalukettu Palaces: Developments in Cochin and Travancore, Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries," in Gauravam. Recent Researches in Indology, editors KV Ramesh, MD Sampath, V. Shivananda,LN Swamy. New Delhi: Marman Publishing, 1996, 262-285.*

Images of the Past, Vision of the Future: the Art of Marttanda Varma," in Perceptions of India‘s Visual Past, editors Catherine Asher and Thomas Metcalf. New Delhi: Oxford and India Book House, 1994: 199-210*

The Palace Murals at Padmanabhapuram: The Politics of an Image," in Potpourri of Indian Art, editor P. Pal. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1988: 115-131*