The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University is dedicated to preserving and sharing the artistic heritage of China and integrating its rich tradition into the University's curriculum. Students will not only have the opportunity to view Chinese art, but draw upon its philosophy and incorporate its techniques in order to participate effectively in the increasingly global world of visual arts. The Center also aims to create an appreciation of Chinese art in New Jersey, as well as cultivate a deeper understanding between the United States and China.

Current Events


President Kathleen Waldron Hosts the Celebration Ceremony:
Mr. Ip-Wing Kong Donated $150,000 for CCART

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Hobart Manor

On April 26th 2017, the William Paterson University announced Mr. Ip-Wing Kong's $150,000 donation to the Center for Chinese Art. The official ceremony and banquet were hosted by Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University. Mr. Ip-Wing Kong, his daughter Ms. Tianna Hu and her assistant Ms. Nana Wang attended the ceremony. They were joined by Ms. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen, the Honorary Directors of the Center for Chinese Art. Also in attendance were: Dr. Warren Sandmann, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ms. Pamela L. Ferguson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and President, William Paterson University Foundation Board, Professor Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, Mr. Spencer Scott, Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning, Mr. Zheshu Xie, World Journal’s Journalist, and Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art.

Dr. Kathleen Waldron addressed the opening welcome speech. Mr. Ip-Wing Kong stated the purpose and requirement of his donation. Upon mutual understanding, President Waldron and Mr. Kong signed the donation agreement. President Kathleen Waldron signed and presented the official appointment letter and plaque to Mr. Ip-Wing Kong, naming him the Honorary Director of the Center for the Chinese Art at William Paterson University. The special ceremony was followed by a banquet held at Hobart Manor.

President Waldron welcomed Mr. Kong, praising him highly on the donation he made to the university, she thanked him for his contribution and support to the Center for Chinese Art. She and Mr. Kong agree that the Center for the Chinese Art has been flourishing and has achieved great success under the leadership of Professor Zhiyuan Cong. President Kathleen Waldron promised that the full sum of the donation will be used for developing the Center for Chinese Art. She will give her full support on cultivating more interests of Chinese culture and arts through educational program for the university and the surrounding community, to foster a deeper understanding for the people of the US and China.

Mr. Ip-Wing Kong shared his journey of giving back to the community and to the William Paterson University. Promoting Chinese culture and arts in the US has been his long-held wish. He has been searching for a matching platform to fulfill his dream, but it was not easy with all the top-tier universities in the region. Upon learning about the programs and achievements of the Center for Chinese Art website, and meeting with Professor Cong, Mr. Kong was touched by Professor Cong’s devotion to Chinese culture and arts and convinced by his talent and integrity. Mr. Kong made the decision to visit William Paterson University, to join the big family of the Center for Chinese Art, and to be part of the force for promoting Chinese culture and arts. Mr. Ip-Wing Kong is a well-known entrepreneur in New York, owner of the famous Kong Kee Tofu. He became a passionate art advocate himself in recent years, not only on promoting Chinese culture and arts, also with his talent and accomplishment in practicing expressionism calligraphy.

Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art reported that for the past eight years the Center has been supported and aided by the University, the community and everyone was involved. First, it was founded with Mrs. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen’s donation and initiative, followed by Mr. Yong Liu and Mr. Mingsheng Liu’s donation, then Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation led by Mr. Zhipeng Ding, has provided stability and development to the Center for Chinese Art. Now with Kong’s donation, we will be thriving for better future. We are planning to collaborate closely with Mr. Kong to set up the New York Gallery of Chinese Art, be more active in New York, inviting more renowned Chinese artists come to the American East Coast for visiting, lecturing, exchange programs and organizing exhibitions. We are working on three culture projects right now: first, with Chinese Society of Han Art, inviting Shangdong Museum and Xuzhou Art Museum of Han Stone Gravings for Han Stone Gravings Rubbing Exhibition. Second, inviting Print Institute of China National Academy of Painting for Contemporary Chinese Prints Art Exhibition. Thirdly, partner with Jiangsu International Culture Association for Chinese Landscape Painting Exhibition and Symposium. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Ip-Wing Kong for his generosity, and hope to maintain continuous support, trust, anticipation and help from all of you.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799, email ccart@wpunj.edu,


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
A Drop in the Ocean: Celebration of Chinese Art Master Liu Haisu's 120th Anniversary

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December 5, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: College Conference Room, the College of Arts and
Communication, WPUNJ Power Art Center Room 113
25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Master of Ceremonies:
Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and director, Center for Chinese Art

Speakers:
Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication
Lvsheng Chen, President of the Chinese Han Art Association of China and pre-vice director of the China National Museum
Chan Liu, Researcher and consultant at the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, and daughter of Master Liu Haisu
Anna Zhang, Director of Oil Lamp Art Museum, pre-director of the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Changzhou, China

Liu Haisu (1896 – 1994) was a prominent twentieth-century Chinese artist and noted art educator. In 1912 he founded the first school of fine arts in modern China, the Shanghai School of Fine Arts. He initiated coeducation, and pioneered human body model and traveling painting from nature. He was a brilliant artist who used his unique blend of European and Chinese techniques to revolutionize art education in China.

Mr. Chen, Ms. Liu and Ms. Zhang are invited to participate the Commemorative activities, symposium and presentation at the UN, Sina Vision and China Art Institute in New York City this week. We are fortunate to have these notable proponents of Chinese art visit William Paterson University to present A Drop in the Ocean: A Celebration of Chinese Art Master Liu Haisu's 120th Anniversary and answer questions from our community and the media.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email ccart@wpunj.edu.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Dialogue with Yinchuan: China-America International Printmaking Exhibition 2016

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October 9 - 29, 2016
Location: Yinchuan Art Museum, China

Sponsored by Printmaking Academy of China National Academy of Painting, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Yinchuan Media Group, Yinchuan Art Museum

Organizing Committee:

Director:
Jun Guang
, Dean of Printmaking Institute, China National Academy of Painting

Deputy Directors:
Hong Ding, Secretary of CPC, Yinchuan Media Group
Daquan Dai, Associate Dean of Printmaking Institute, China National Academy of Painting
Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

Curator:
Guirong Lou, Vice Chairman, Ningxia Artists Association
Yinchuan Conversation:Reflection and Outlook of the Art of Printmaking of China and the USA

The Chinese city of Yinchuan in the northwestern province of Ningxia may not be familiar to the Western art world, but it is the home of movable type printing - one of the four great inventions of Ancient China known throughout the world. In 1991, the original copy of the Auspicious Tantra of All-Reaching Union considered to be the earliest extant example of a book printed using wooden movable type during the Western Xia Dynasty (1038–1227), was discovered in the ruins of the Baisigou Square Pagoda in Helan County, Ningxia Province, and is currently held at the Ningxia Institute of Archaeology in Yinchuan. In view of the historical significance of this city, it therefore becomes abundantly clear why we are calling our current exhibition Yinchuan Conversation: Sino-US International Printmaking Art Exhibition.

Yinchuan, the ancient capital of the Western Xia Dynasty and an oasis beyond the Great Wall of China, is a city of historical renown, situated at the main route of exchange between the cultures of the east and the west. The city witnessed the bitterest of clashes between the east and west civilizations and nations, and made great contributions towards cultural and economic exchanges between the east and the west. With her mighty and profound cultural traditions, Yinchaun embraces the cultural calling to nurture modern cultural development and communication. On behalf of printmaking artists from the United States, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude towards our hosts for their generosity in creating this exhibition and thereby making the cultural exchange between the printmaking artists of the two countries a reality.

The printmaking artists from the United States invited to participate in this exhibition are currently practicing mainstream artists from higher education institutions. They are leaders and organizers in the American Printmaking Association and major international print exhibitions, presidents of universities, chairs of printmaking departments, and professors. Some are veteran artists; some are young. They represent wide geographical locations, some from the east coast, some from the west coast, and some from the inland areas. Due to the limits of time and number of participants, we could only invite 20 artists from the United States, but without doubt the artists and their works of art are representative of American printmaking artists and art.

That their works of art are shown together with those of practicing Chinese printmaking artists will greatly promote exchange and understanding between printmakers of the east and west, enriching the language of printmaking, extending its vision, and breathing a new spirit into contemporary printmaking as an art form. It is an exhibition of great significance. I would like to express my sincere thanks to our host, to Mr. Jun Guang, dean of the Printmaking Academy of China National Academy of Painting, Mr. Daquan Dai, associate dean of the Printmaking Academy of China National Academy of Painting for organizing the program, and to Mr. Guirong Luo, vice president of Ningxia Artists Association for his curatorial work for the exhibition. It is a great pleasure for us at the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University to be given this great opportunity to participate in and sponsor the exhibition. I wish it great success.

Zhiyuan Cong
Professor and the head of Printmaking Program
Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University
Chair of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, USA
August 31, 2016

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799, email ccart@wpunj.edu,


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium

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08/05 - 08/10/2016
Organizers: Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University
The China International Culture Association
Guizhou Minzu University, China
Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, USA
Cooperators: The Artists Association of Guizhou Province
Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy
Sponsors: Homnicen Group of Guizhou, China
Art College,Guizhou Nationalities University of China

Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Work Exhibition
Time: 08/ 05 – 08/30, 2016
Location: Homnicen International Culture & Art Center, China

Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium
Time: 08/0 5, 2016 to 08/10, 2016
Location: Guizhou Nationalities University

The Planning Committee for the Symposium and Exhibition
Honorary Chairmen:
Xueli Zhang,President of the Board of directors,the Guizhou Nationalities University
Wenliang Tao,President of the Guizhou Nationalities University

Advisors: (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Lusheng Chen, Deputy Director of the National Museum of China
Xiaohui Chen, Executive Vice President, Homnicen Group of Guizhou
Hongwei Chen, President,the Artists Association of Guizhou Province
Zhipeng Ding, Honorary Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University
Margaret Lam and David Yen, Honorary Presidents, Chinese-American Art Faculty Association
Ping Li, President, Ink Yonghe Foundation, China
Professor Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication,William Paterson University
Gongkai Pan, Vice President of the National Artists Association of China
Qi Xu, President, Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy
Xiaoyang Yang, President, China National Academy of Painting

Directors of the Executive Committee:
Zhiyuan Cong,Jianshan Wang,Li Zeng

The Members of the Executive Committee:
Chung-Fan Chang, Lian Duan, Jiawei Gong, Zhimin Guan


Lecture and Presentation
Thursday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm,February 11, 2016&

Vision and Mission: the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of the USA
August 6th, 2016

I am very happy for the successful opening of the Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium in the multicultural environment of the 9th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week, and in Guizhou, the province of diverse ethnicities. I want to express my sincere thanks to China International Cultural Association, Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Guizhou Minzu University, and William Paterson University of New Jersey, for their co-hosting of this art exhibition and the symposium.

Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium is the fourth major event we’ve held in the past few years with a focus on Chinese-American Art Faculty and their art works. The symposium, Imagination and Expression: the Comparison and Dialogue of Visual Art in Higher Education between China and the United States, held in the fall of 2013 at William Paterson University in New Jersey, focused on the comparison of East-West art education. The summer 2014 symposium, Collision and Confluence: Art Administration in China and the United States, co-sponsored by the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of the USA and the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, highlighted the theme of Sino-US art administration, communication and exchange. In winter of 2014, we held the Collision and Confluence: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium, with the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University; Asian Cultural Center of New York; and China International Cultural Association as co-organizers, and with the theme of assimilation and mutual inspiration. And the theme of this year is to examine the survival, inclusion, enrichment and development of art in the new multiethnic and multicultural era of diversity and from the unique perception and vision of the special artist group of the Chinese-American Art Faculty.

Because of these unique features, this group of cross-cultural Chinese artists and scholars who live in the dual context of east-west art are not limited to a single perspective of the west or China, nor to a self-contained point of view of the past or the present. Instead, they share a multidimensional perspective that embraces the west and China, the past, the present and the future. It’s a comprehensive vision that is crossing the boundaries, a vision that is more inclusive, more discerning and more critical in the complexity of modern society. It is a vision more conducive to our future art creation and education, to the reform of our future art education infrastructure, and to the sustainability of our current art education system. For all these, and their perception and vision, we are gathered here for this momentous art exhibition and symposium.

It is our sincere hope that this exhibition and symposium will serve not only as a forum of exchange with our Chinese colleagues in art and art education, especially with colleagues from Guizhou Province and with guests from ASEAN countries, where we share our international perception and vision, our thoughts, experiences, and achievements in art research and art creation, but also as an invaluable opportunity to promote understanding, development and communication between east and west art and cultures.

As Director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA, I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Kathleen Waldron, Provost and Senior Vice President Warren Sandmann, Vice President Pamela Ferguson, for their support and care, to Professor Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication for his direct leadership and participation. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks in particular to the founders of the Center for Chinese Art, the honorary Directors Madam Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen, for the establishment of and the sponsorship to the Award of Excellence for Chinese-American Art Professors, to the honorary Directors Mr. Yong Liu, Madam Qing Rao, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, and Mr. Shengzhan Ding and their Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation. Without their encouragement, their guidance, their support or their sponsorship, there would have been no Center for Chinese Art, nor today’s art exhibition and symposium.

I wish great success to our art exhibition and symposium.

Zhiyuan Cong
Professor and Director, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, President, the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of the USA

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Guizhou Minzu University and Beijing Capital Normal University

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At the invitation of Guizhou Minzu University and on behalf of Prof.Daryl Moore, dean of the College of the Arts and Communication at William Paterson University, Director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University Zhiyuan Cong visited Guizhou Minzu University June 23 - 25, 2016. Mr. Xueli Zhang, chairman of the University Council and President Mr. Wenliang Tao met with Prof. Zhiyuan Cong, both praising the long term student and faculty exchange programs between Guizhou Minzu University and William Paterson University, and speaking highly of their collaboration for art exhibitions and the 2015 Summer Art in China Program. Continued exchange and collaboration between the two universities is much desired. Vice President Jianrong Tang, Jianshan Wang, dean of the Art College, and Zeng Li, director of the International Exchange Center discussed future cooperation with the Center for Chinese Art with Prof. Zhiyuan Cong. Chairman of the Artists Association of Guizhou Province Hongwei Chen and Vice Chairman of the Artists Association of Guizhou Province Qiongde Cao exchanged plans and ideas for further collaboration and exchange programs between the Artists Association and William Paterson University. On June 23rd Prof. Zhiyuan Cong spoke on the topic Hallmark of the Era: New York Contemporary Arts, and on August 12th he visited Capital Normal University in Beijing, where he discussed student exchange programs for Fall 2017 with Deputy Dean of the Art College Wei Chen and Prof. Xinggang Wang.


Dean Daryl Joseph Moore and Professor Zhiyuan Cong Visit Nanjing Sanjiang University

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At the invitation of Dean Wu Lizhang, Dean Daryl Joseph Moore of the College of Arts and Communication and Prof. Zhiyuan Cong visited Sanjiang University in Nanjing, China on July 1st and 2nd, 2016. Meeting with the president and vice president of the University, they discussed possible co-operated/exchange programs between the two universities involving both the exchange of students and faculty/staff, as well as participation in seminars, workshops and academic meetings. Special short-term academic and cultural programs were also discussed.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.

Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Figuring the System: The Digital Compositions of Jiawei Gong

April 4 - May 8, 2016
CCART, Ben Shahn Visual Art Center B-100

Jiawei Gong is a digital media artist and an art professor of Texas Tech University. In the past 20 years, Gong has practiced in both applied and fine art disciplines. His exhibition record to date includes over 70 group and solo exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally in the U.S., Europe, and China. He has won a number of awards at the international film festivals and art competitions.

The artworks presented in this exhibition are selected from the ART series, a body of work that Gong has been developing for over 10 years. These works address issues surrounding the systematization and institutionalization of art making throughout human history, and the similarities of this pursuit across different cultures. The ART series consists of digital compositions, interactive installations, and online games. Highlighted in this exhibition, the digital compositions are reminiscence of traditional painting, illustration, prints, and photography.

Opening Reception:
Monday, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, April 4th, 2016

Location: CCART, Ben Shahn Visual Art Center B-100

Artist Presentation:
Monday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM, April 4th, 2016 
Location: Ben Shahn Visual Art Center B-222
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For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.

 


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Wuli Zhang, Professor and Dean from Nanjing Sanjiang University of China

Wuli Zhang, Painter, Dean of College of Art at Sanjiang University, Nanjing, China; Professor of Art at College of Art of Nanjing Normal University; Vice Chair of Jiangsu Artists Association. Graduated with a major in painting in 1980 from Nanjing Art Institute. Visiting artist to the Vladimir National Normal University, Russia in 2001. Graduated with a degree of Master of Art in Painting in 2004 from Nanjing Art Institute. Professor Zhang served as Vice Chair of the Jiangsu Painting Art Committee; Vice Secretary General of Jiangsu Painting Association; and Associate Dean of College of Art at Nanjing Normal University.

Demonstration: Life Drawing
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM, April 13, 2016
Location: Ben Shahn Visual Art Center B-216

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.




Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Jianming Zhao, Professor from Nanjing Sanjiang University of China

Jianming Zhao, Chinese Painter, well known for his Chinese traditional paintings of flowers in the freehand brushwork style. He is honored with the title of Class-A National Painter. Graduated with a major in Chinese painting in 1980 from Nanjing Art Institute. He is currently an endowed professor of College of Art at Sanjiang University; an endowed painter of Nantong Academy of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy; Artistic Director of Jiangsu Aitall Cultural Industry Co., Ltd.

Demonstration: Flower and Bird Chinese Ink Painting
Tuesday, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, April 12, 2016
Location: Ben Shahn Visual Art Center B-216

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu


William Paterson University
2016 Chinese New Year Celebration : Year of the Monkey



Organizers and Sponsors by Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, the Department of Art, and the College of Arts and Communication.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Power Art Gallery, 25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470


Lecture and Presentation
Thursday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, February 11, 2016 

Chinese Art Education and Appreciation in America
By Zhiyuan Cong

Cong is currently Professor and Head of the Printmaking Program, Director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, and Chair of Chinese - American Art Faculty Association. His prior positions include consultant to the Indianapolis Museum? of Art and Qinghai Province Museum, and professor of Nanjing Arts Institute. He has held more than 30 solo exhibitions and over one hundred group exhibitions, including those at the United Nations, New York, The Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition 2012, London and National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Cong has also received numerous major media reports and reviews for his art works and achievements, including The New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The Record, World Journal, Chinese News Net, People’s Daily, NJN, BBC, CNN and CCTV-4.


Chinese New Year Celebration
Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 pm, February 11, 2016

I.New Year Messages 5:00 - 5:20pm

Kathleen Waldron, President of WPUNJ
Yongji Xu, Education Counselor, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York
Margaret Lam and David Yen, Honorary Directors of CCART

II.Exhibitions Opening Ceremony 5:20-5:35pm

Kemin Dong, Director, Chinese Ancient Town Institute, Xian, China
Laruen Razzore, Professor and Chair, Department of Art
Jennifer Hastings Students Representatives

III. Student Exhibition Award Ceremony 5:35-5:45pm

Award Presented by: Kathleen Waldron, President

The First Place Award:
Lindsay Gotthold

The Second Place Awards:
Michelle LeGrand
Robert Madson

The Third Place Awards:
Benjamin Lin
Dean Fiorellini
John J. McElrone

IV. Chinese New Year Celebration Performances 5:45-7:00pm
By the CBA Culture and Arts Center, NYC, and WPUNJ Students

Chinese Lion Dance performance by Shikui Sun etc.
Chinese Red Silk Dance by Beibei Zheng
Male and female Chorus by Mark Dellanno and WPUNJ Students
Chinese music ensemble of traditional instruments by CBA
Hula hoop performance by Mary Angus, WPUNJ student
Traditional Chinese music instrument, Flute Solo by Qinghua Zhang
Traditional Chinese music instrument, Pipa Solo by Ran Guo
Chinese Fan Dance by Beibei Zheng
Traditional Chinese music instrument, Erhu by Baoan Cao
Monkey King Opera Performance by Yingxin Ren

V. Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet 7:00 - 8:30pm

All events, open to the public and free of charge, will take place in the Power Arts Center at 25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470. All guests will receive recent publications by the Center for Chinese Art as gifts.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.


William Paterson University Study Abroad Program
Summer Art in China 2015 Photography Exhibition

Organizers and Sponsors by Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, the Department of Art, and the College of Arts and Communication.

February 7 - 25, 2016
Power Art Gallery, 25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470


Under the leadership of Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Founding Director of the Center for Chinese Art and Professor Lauren Razzore, Chair of our Visual Arts program, twenty William Paterson University students documented their recent journey to China as participants in the 2015 “Summer Arts in China Study Abroad Program” — through the universal medium of photography. Students traversed the cultural capitals of the “Middle Kingdom” visiting Shanghai, Guiyang, Chengdu and Beijing, experiencing extraordinary opportunities of engagement with artist, visiting provincial and national museums, universities and other cultural institutions. These experiences transcended urban and rural environments providing meaningful interaction with China’s ethnic minorities in areas with ancient landscapes that included villages, monasteries and Buddhist temples. This exhibition celebrates and highlights the fruit of those life-changing experiences through the Fine Art of Photography.

Daryl Joseph Moore
Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication
William Paterson University

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Down to Earth: Ancient Towns and Villages of China
-- A Photography Exhibition by Kemin Dong

 

Organizers and Sponsors by Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

February 7 - 25, 2016 
Location: Power Art Gallery of William Paterson University
              25 Power Art Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470


The ancient towns and villages of China are alive with an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and purity that reflect a harmonious cohabitation of man and nature, where the most ordinary country people live. They carry on a lifestyle of their ancestors, full of inherited wisdom, traditional culture and values. It is the spiritual homeland of the Chinese. It is also a place where conflicts arise between tradition and modernity, between art and science, and between conservatism and innovation, due, to a great extent, to the speed of social development.

Mr. Kemin Dong, Director of Chinese Ancient Town Institute in Xian, China, directs his professional attention towards these ancient towns and villages with his camera, capturing the vanishing structures and lives of people, recording the endangered history and emerging society at the same time, in a “down to earth” fashion. In the past 17 years, he has visited more than 200 of his beloved towns and villages and has taken tens of thousands of photographs of them, all reflecting his professional persistence, creative sincerity and inspiring perception, They are a feast for our imagination.  Mr. Dong’s photographs have been selected by national exhibitions and received numerous excellence and golden awards. He was awarded excellence in photography by Chinese National Academy of Arts, by China Art Photography Society, and by Chinese Photographers, the top Chinese photography magazine.

On display here in this exhibition are 26 works of photography by Mr. Kemin Dong.

Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and Director
Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email: ccart@wpunj.edu.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Visiting Artist Series:
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Demonstration:
by Peichen Xu and Mengjie Ma

February 4,2016, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: 143 Power Art Center

Professor Peichen Xu, Chinese painter and Mr. Mengjie Ma, Chinese calligrapher, as invited guests, came to visit the Department of Art at William Paterson University on February 3rd.

Chinese Artist Peichen Xu

Professor Xu gave a Chinese painting demonstration. The theme of his painting demonstration was monkeys, designed specifically for the arrival of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey. Professor Peichen Xu is from School of Fine Arts of Nanjing Normal University, China. He serves as Vice President of Jiangsu Society of Chinese Painting and President of Jiangsu Research Institute for Bird-and-Flower Paintings.

Chinese Calligrapher Mengjie Ma

Mr. Mengjie Ma gave a calligraphy demonstration. He also wrote the Chinese names for every student present. He wrote the Chinese word for happiness, as a New Year blessing. Mr. Ma, an outstanding calligrapher and poet, currently serves as Deputy Director of Chinese Couplet Calligraphy Association, Deputy Secretary General of Yanhuang Art Foundation and Research Fellow of Tianjin Chinese Art Research Institute.

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email ccart@wpunj.edu