Over the last half-century, the cultural influence of Asia in the United States has risen significantly. But adapting to life here is not always easy and Asian traditions often clash with American culture. The visual arts have historically been at the center of Asian culture and have provided a respite from and a potential forum for dialogue between these two disparate entities.
Gary M. Conners joined Lone Star College - North Harris in 2003 and serves as the lead instructor in art history and as the director of exhibition programs at the college. In 2005, he developed a series of exhibits that focused on the process of cultural assimilation in the Houston area and the particular impact of Asian artists. In addition, he is an exhibiting visual artist whose work seeks to establish a dialogue between East and West.
Conners earned a B.A. degree (cum laude) in Asian art history from the University of Utah in 1979. After initiating research in Korea at Ihwa University, he took an M.A. degree from the University of Utah's Graduate School of Art History in 1981, graduating in the top 10% of his class. His art history honors include academic and scholarship awards from the University of Kansas and the University of Utah.