Keyu Yan 嚴柯煜 is pursuing a PhD degree in modern and contemporary Chinese art in the History of Art Department at The Ohio State University. His advisor is Dr. Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor.

He obtained his BA degree in Art History with academic honors from St. Olaf College. In 2020, he received his MA in History of Art from The Ohio State University. His master’s thesis, titled “Craft or Avant-garde? Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art at the Thirteenth Lausanne International Tapestry Biennale,” seeks to expand the canonized meaning of the Chinese avant-garde while redirecting scholarly attention to other mediums that have been ignored by previous scholarship on the ’85 Art New Wave and the Chinese exhibition system.