Department of Art and Design

Art History

The study of art history explores how societies and individuals have used the visual arts to convey the ideas and values that were important to them. (Read more...)

Yin-Fen Pao, Visual Resources Curator


Curator, Visual Resources Library, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, MI (2009-present)

Associate Director, Library and Information Services, Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), Covington, KY (2007-2009)

Systems Manager and Librarian, University Library, Madonna University, Livonia, MI (1999-2007)

Information Specialist, Advanced Vehicle Technology Library and Technology Planning Dept., Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI (1997-1998)


  • Doctoral Program, Art History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • MA, History of Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Thesis: The sixteen Lohans of the Rakan-zusan-shu)
  • BA, English Literature, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Faculty Travel Grant, Grand Valley State University (2012)
  • New Horizons Award, Visual Resources Association (2010)
  • VRA Workshop Grant, Visual Resources Association Great Lakes Chapter (2010)
  • Innovation of the Year Award for the Librarys Pioneering Hybrid Library, awarded by the League for Innovation in the Community College (2009)
  • Honorary member of Beta Phi Mu (a society in recognition of academic achievement in Library and Information Science) (1998-present)
  • OCLC Scholarship, American Library Association/Library and Information Technology Association
  • Ford Motor Total Quality Management Symposium Scholarship, Ford Motor Company/Wayne State University
  • Wilson Scholarship & Multimedia Project Award, Wayne State University


  • Inclusion Advocate, Grand Valley State University (2012-present)
  • Chair of Visual Resources Library Advisory Committee, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (2009-present)
  • Member of NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) Committee, Publications Committee, and Technology Committee, Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University (2009-present)
  • Member of Moblie Art Application Committee, Grand Valley State University (2011-present)
  • Mentor of Mentoring Program, Visual Resources Association and Chinese-American Librarians Association (2009-2010)
  • Chair of Learning and Information Resources Audit Team, Gateway Community and Technical College (2008-2009)
  • Library representative in SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Committee, Gateway Community and Technical College (2007-2009)
  • GCTC representative in Information Literacy Committee, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (2007-2009)
  • Library representative in Information Technology Committee, Madonna University (2004-2007)
  • Board member of Member Service Committee and Self-Assessment Task Force, Chinese-American Librarians Association (2008-2009)
  • Member of Visual Resources Association, Michigan Library Association, American Society for Information Science, Chinese-American Librarians Association (2000-present)

Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan