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.
Born 120 years ago in Zhejiang, Pan Tianshou is considered as one of the most celebrated Chinese modern artists, together with such celebrated names as Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong, known as the "Four Great Masters of Chinese Ink Painting of the 20th Century".
At this lecture, Prof. Cong will relate Master Pan Tianshou's art career and focus on the characteristics of his paintings and art achievements. A short film produced by CCTV on Pan's life and works will also be shown.
Prof. Zhiyuan Cong is the Director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Chairman of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association. He has had more than 30 solo international art exhibitions at various prestigious institutions, including the National Museum of China, UN Headquarters, and Indianapolis Art Museum. He has been invited to give talks and speeches at more than 150 universities and museums.
Professor Zhiyuan Cong studied and taught at Nanjing Arts Institute for 12 years. The predecessor of the Institute was the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, where Pan Tianshou taught. Prof. Cong studied with famous painter and founder of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Liu Haisu, and Xie Haiyan, both were close friends of Pan Tianshou. The edifying and inspiring influences by these masters provided Prof. Cong with an in-depth understanding of Pan Tianshou's artworks.
This Lecture will be conducted in Chinese, with no interpretation. Free, but advance registration is required. For more information, please call Renwen Society at (646) 912-8861, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invited by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Ms. Chunmei Chen, Chair of Supervisory Committee of China Arts and Entertainment Group of China visited the center from August 24th to 25th 2017. Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, Mr. Daryl Joseph Joseph Moore met and dined with Ms. Chunmei Chen. Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center briefed Ms. Chunmei Chen on center’s progress, current plans and future projects and development directions. Professor Cong thanked Ms. Chunmei Chen for her perennial support and guidance. Ms. Chunmei Chen lauded highly on the endeavor and achievement that the Center has contributed to US-CHINA cultural exchange. Ms. Chen stated that there will be more future collaborations, and she will continuously support the development of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University.
May 18-20, 2017 Upon invitation by the Governor of Jiangsu Province of China, Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art attended Jiangsu Development Summit from May 18th to May 20th 2017. Professor Cong delivered a speech titled “Cultural Confidence and Cultural Mission” at the Purple Culture Forum during Jiangsu Development Summit. Professor Zhiyuan Cong addressed: Jiangsu has had a long-standing rich culture tradition and resplendent cultural history and has been the dominant clout in Chinese cultural history. Jiangsu should be more active in carrying out international culture exchange programs, improving understanding between Chinese and American, representing great stories of Chinese art masters, sharing Eastern cultural treasure with the world by showcasing fine tradition of Chinese people and masterpieces of Chinese arts. Professor Cong ended his speech with calling for collaboration: the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, the only university art center that focuses solely on introducing and promoting Chinese arts will continuously be the platform for Chinese American cultural exchange.
May 5-8, 2017 Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Yinchuan City, and Vice Mayor of Yinchuan City Ms. Xiumei Qian met with Professor Cong. Together with Yinchuan Culture Bureau Deputy Director Mr. Guo, Deputy Director Mr. Wang, Yinchuan Art Museum Director Mr. Huang Zhi, and renowned printmaker Mr. Guirong Luo, they discussed future collaboration on Yinchuan International Printmaking Programs.
May 9- 12, 2017 Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Beijing. He had a meeting with China National Academy of Painting’s President Mr. Xiaoyang Yang, Vic President Mr. Lianbin Ji, and Mr. Jie Ding, Art Department Director of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. They had in depth discussion on cultural and arts exchange programs. Professor Cong also visited Capital Normal University and gave the speech “Reflection on Modern Arts”. Deputy Dean Ms. Mei Guo of International Cultural College of Capital Normal University, Mr. Wei Chen Deputy Dean Art College of Capital Normal University, and Department director Bingke Guo met with Professor Cong, they discussed details of students exchange program between Capital Normal University and the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, set to be implemented in 2018.
May 14-16, 2017 Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Nanjing. Honorary President Mr. Hao Gu and President Mr. Yijian Gao of Chinese Culture Promotion Society of Jiangsu Province met with Professor Cong, they talked about future collaboration between their society and the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University. Chinese Culture Promotion Society of Jiangsu Province presented Professor Cong an official appointment letter and plaque to name him the member of their oversea council. While in Nanjing, Professor Zhiyuan Cong also visited Sanjiang University, Vice President Mr. Tongjiang Wu presented Professor Zhiyuan Cong the honorary professor appointment letter. Mr. Wuli Zhang, Dean of Art College also joined the ceremony, the ceremony closed by Professor Cong’s art lecture for their students.
May 17-18, 2017 Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited City of Changzhou. Changzhou Liu Haisu Art Museum and Jiangsu University of Technology both invited Professor Zhiyuan Cong to give speeches on “Reflection on Modern Arts”. Professor Cong attended the grand opening of Mr. Lvsheng Chen’s Oil Lamps Museum, and attended the opening ceremony of Xia Yiqiao’s Hundredth Birthday Anniversary Art Exhibition.
May 26-28, 2017 Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation. Mr. Hakman Wing, Ms. Ching Yiu, Zhipeng Ding and Mr. Shengzhan Ding, the honorary Directors of Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation met with Professor Cong, the meeting was also joined by Mr. Xilong Xu and Yihong Zhao. Professor Cong expressed his sincere gratitude to their generous donation and support for the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University. Professor Cong then met with art master Mr. Jialing Chen, Mr. Xiaoxian Deng, Secretary General and Deputy Director of Shanghai International Culture Association, and their department director Mr. Yan Yang, discussed future programs of inviting Mr. Jialing Chen to America and organizing art exhibition for him in America.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017Hobart 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.
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Master of Ceremonies:Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and director, Center for Chinese Art Speakers:Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of Arts and CommunicationLvsheng Chen, President of the Chinese Han Art Association of China and pre-vice director of the China National MuseumChan Liu, Researcher and consultant at the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, and daughter of Master Liu HaisuAnna 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.
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Sponsored by Printmaking Academy of China National Academy of Painting, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Yinchuan Media Group, Yinchuan Art Museum
Director:Jun Guang, Dean of Printmaking Institute, China National Academy of Painting
Deputy Directors:Hong Ding, Secretary of CPC, Yinchuan Media GroupDaquan Dai, Associate Dean of Printmaking Institute, China National Academy of PaintingZhiyuan Cong, Professor and Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University
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 CongProfessor and the head of Printmaking ProgramDirector, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson UniversityChair of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, USAAugust 31, 2016
08/05 - 08/10/2016Organizers: Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson UniversityThe China International Culture AssociationGuizhou Minzu University, ChinaChinese-American Art Faculty Association, USACooperators: The Artists Association of Guizhou ProvinceCulture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius AcademySponsors: Homnicen Group of Guizhou, ChinaArt College,Guizhou Nationalities University of China
Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty Work ExhibitionTime: 08/ 05 – 08/30, 2016Location: Homnicen International Culture & Art Center, China
Perception and Vision: Chinese-American Art Faculty SymposiumTime: 08/0 5, 2016 to 08/10, 2016Location: Guizhou Nationalities University
The Planning Committee for the Symposium and ExhibitionHonorary Chairmen:Xueli Zhang,President of the Board of directors,the Guizhou Nationalities UniversityWenliang 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 GuizhouHongwei Chen, President,the Artists Association of Guizhou ProvinceZhipeng Ding, Honorary Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson UniversityMargaret Lam and David Yen, Honorary Presidents, Chinese-American Art Faculty AssociationPing Li, President, Ink Yonghe Foundation, ChinaProfessor Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication,William Paterson UniversityGongkai Pan, Vice President of the National Artists Association of ChinaQi Xu, President, Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius AcademyXiaoyang 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 PresentationThursday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm,February 11, 2016&
Vision and Mission: the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of the USAAugust 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 CongProfessor and Director, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, President, the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association of the USA
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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.
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