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.

Upcoming Events

Chinese New Year 2016: Year of the Monkey

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

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

Lecture and Presentation 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Treasure of the National Museum of China: An Overview and Virtual Tour

     By Lusheng Chen, Deputy Director, National Museum of        China

Photography Exhibitions 4:30 - 5:00 pm (February 7-25, 2016)
I. Summer Art in China 2015 Photography Exhibition
     By Students and Faculty of the WPUNJ Study Aboard            Program

II. Down to Earth: Ancient Towns and Villages of China
     A Photography Exhibition by Kemin Dong, Director,                Chinese Ancient Town Institute, Xian, China

Chinese New Year Celebration 5:00 - 8:30 pm
I. New Year Message
II. Exhibitions Opening Ceremony
III. Student Exhibition Award Ceremony
IV. Chinese New Year Celebration Performance
      By the CBA Culture and Arts Center, NYC, and WPUNJ         Students
V. Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet

All events and performances are open to the public free of charge.

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 Art and Communication.

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

Photographs taken by the University's students and faculty who participated in William Paterson's 2015 Summer Art in China program are on view in the Power Art Gallery. Twenty art students and faculty spent twenty-three days during May and June, traveling throughout China viewing the country's ancient and contemporary art, experiencing its unique culture, bustling cities, and vast countryside.

Awards: One 1st place $300; Two 2nd place $150; Three 3rd place $100

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony:
4:00pm - 8:00pm, February 11, 2016

Location: Power Art Gallery of William Paterson University
              25 Power Art Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Contact Information:
For questions about this exhibition, contact CCART at 1-973 720 2799, Email: ccart@wpunj.edu; Website: http://www.wpunj.edu/ccart.

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:
Chinese Villages Photography Exhibition
By Kemin Dong, Director of Chinese Ancient Town Institutes, Xian

This exhibition shows more than 30 pieces of photograph from over 200 Chinese ancient towns and villages, which demonstrate Dong’s study and traveling through his past 17 years.

Mr. Dong's photographs have won several China national photography exhibitions, Excellence Award, and Golden Award. Mr. Dong was awarded as China's Outstanding Photographer.

February 17-25, 2016 
Location: Power Art Gallery of William Paterson University
                25 Power Art Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

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:
Profound Expressions & Ravishing Pictures: Chinese oil painter Jie Ding

 

 

Mr. Jie Ding, China oil painter, “China stamp albums” art design advisor. He was a professor at Nantong University, China. Jie Ding graduated from Nanjing Arts Institute, and also acquired his master degree from Central Academy of Fine Art, China. His work has been exhibited in China, U.S., Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc, and also has been selected by national level exhibitions and albums, awarded the recognition award three times.

Artist Talk and Opening Reception
December 9, 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: CCART, 100 Ben Shahn Visual Art Center.

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.


Current Events


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Let’s Gather in New Jersey: Chinese Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition

Printmaking carries a spiritual charm that’s irreplaceably everlasting and distinctive. If we compare painting and Chinese painting as artworks created with a brush to mathematical addition, then printmaking as artworks created with a matrix or a prepared screen undergoing a printing process can be likened to mathematical multiplication. Printmaking is, in essence, painting with a plate. It’s an art form accessible to all in artistic and cultural exchanges. Be it intaglio, relief, planographic, or stencil, they are all highly valued by artists and connoisseurs, east and west alike. Printmaking is also one of the sources and catalysts of innovation and evolution for modern visual arts, such as painting, sculpture, photography and digital art. We therefore welcome more printmaking exhibitions.

Art of printmaking in China has made progress by leaps and bounds in the past decades, and has drawn attention from the west. In 2013, the Chinese printmaking exhibit organized by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and the Printmaking College of National Art Institute at the South Graphic Association International Printmaking Conference in Wisconsin was one of the highlights of the conference, giving the attendees of more than 1,300 artists and scholars a heated topic of discussion.

This summer, at the China Print Art Nomination of Painters born in 1950s, I had the privilege of meeting so many of the well-known artists and masters, and of studying their works. I was so excited. We are honored to invite many of them here to this exhibition, to show their superb works of art to colleagues and art lovers of the New York metropolitan area and to share their experience as creative artists.

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 Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
A Gathering: Chinese Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition

October 26 - November 14, 2015

Executive Curator: Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication

This exhibition is organized by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, the Printmaking Academic Committee of the National Artists Association of China, and in collaboration with the Riverside Gallery of New Jersey.

Distinguished Artists from China, who are Golden and Silver Award Winners of National and International Printmaking Exhibition, will visit William Paterson University for an Exhibition, Lecture, Demonstration and Panel Discussion. They are not only the major artists of printmaking in China, the very best, and winners of awards in printmaking exhibitions and competitions, but also major leaders, organizers and trailblazers for printmaking in China.

Qiongde Cao, Vice President of Guizhou Provincial Artists Association, Guiyang
Chao Chen, Researcher at the China Jiangsu Printmaking Academy, Nanjing
Lu Jiang, President of the National Printmaking Academic Committee of China, Beijing
Yanpeng Li, Vice President of Hebei Art Academy, Shijiazhuang
Guirong Lou, Researcher of Printmaking College of China National Art Institute, Yingchuan
Jianshan Wang, Professor and Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Guizhou Minzu University, Guiyang
Chengyou Yu, President of Heilongjiang Provincial Art Academy, Harbin
Minjie Zhang, Professor and Director of the Mural Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Studying with Masters: Chinese Printmaking
Lecture and Presentation
October 26, 2015, 2:30pm - 4:30 pm
Location: William Paterson University 
               Power Art Center, Room 143
               25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Printmaking demonstration: Reduction Woodcut
October 28, 2015, 2:30pm - 4:30 pm
Location: William Paterson University
               Power Art Center, Room 143
               25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Panel Discussion
October 31, 2015, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Opening Reception

October 31, 2015, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Riverside Gallery, One Riverside Square 
              Suite 201, Hackensack, NJ 07601

For more information about this event, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799, email ccart@wpunj.edu, or Call Riverside Gallery at 201.488.3005, email riversidegallery@usa.com

 

 

 


A Traveling Exhibition from Beijing to Nantong, China
A Long Journey through the Arts: Zhiyuan Cong Art Collections

September 28th to October 16th, 2015

Organized by the Municipal Government of Nantong, the National Chinese Painting Association and the Nantong Central Art Museum of China

This is Professor Zhiyuan Cong’s traveling exhibition, which is hosted by the National Museum of China, William Paterson University, the National Artist Association Art committee and Chinese-American Art Faculty Association in June 2015. This exhibition show more than 80 pieces of paintings, which demonstrate Cong’s creative efforts and experiments through the years, from traditional to modern, Oriental to Western.

Opening reception: 3:00pm-6:00pm, 09/29/2015
Location: The Nantong Central Art Museum of China

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.


The Delegation of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Visited WPUNJ

July 19th to July 26th, 2015

Mr. Zhipeng Ding, Chair, and the foundation board members Mr. Xilong Xu and Mrs. Yihong Zhao visited William Paterson University.

Foundation Donors meet with University President Waldron to discuss and evaluate the donating to and collaboration with CCART. Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University hosts the special guests. Meeting and Banquet includes: Mr. Zhipeng Ding, Mr. Xilong Xu, Mrs. Yihong Zhao, Ms. Xinying Xu, President Waldron, Dean Moore, Professor Cong, Mr. Zhesu Xie, and Ms. Yuanmen Xu.

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:
Visiting Artists from Nanjing, China

 

Eight outstanding Chinese artists from Nanjing, China visit the Center for Chinese Art for an art exhibition. Meeting, interview and panel discussion, will be from July 23rd to August 23rd, 2015. Professor Zhiyuan Cong is the exhibition curator and catalog essay contributor.

Ping Wang, Dean of College of the Media and Art at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Yexiang Wang, Deputy Director of the Figure Painting Department at Jiangsu Chinese Painting Institute, China
Xiaoyuan Zhu, council member of Chinese Painting Institute of Jiangsu Province, China
Yi Zhang, Professor of the College of Media and Art at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Jianguo Sang, Deputy Director of the Figure Painting Department at Jiangsu Chinese Painting Institute, China
Fei Han, Professional Painter at the Modern Art Museum Jiangsu, China
Yingchun Zhang, Professional Painter at Suzhou Chinese Painting Institute, China
Le Fani, council member of the Chinese Painting Institute of Jiangsu Province, China

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.


Journey Long and Long Journey: Zhiyuan Cong Art Exhibition

June 10- June 14, 2015
National Museum of China, Beijing

Organized by the Art Committee of National Artist Association of China, Chinese–American Art Faculty Association, William Paterson University, supported by Chinese Painting Institute of Jiangsu Province, and advised by China National Academy of Painting.


"This exhibition is the culmination and celebration of artistic growth, exploration and expression spanning three decades, thoughtfully curated by Chen Lusheng – artist, author and assistant director of the National Museum of China. It is a testament to his wisdom and recognition of Zhiyuan Cong’s relevance to the land of his birth as well as the bridge that represents his transcendent journey between America and the amazing 5,000 year-old culture of China. His place in the canon of contemporary artists whose ambition and drive moved them beyond the familiar confines of the Middle Kingdom to experience success on both continents is secure — validating his leadership in the advancement of the arts as well as China’s crucial place in that advancement. That leadership is manifest in his position as founding director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, the first center of its kind on a state university campus in the United States. Additionally, he has achieved the rank of full professor and is the coordinator of the printmaking area in the College of the Arts and Communication’s Visual Arts department, admired by his peers and sought after as a teacher in our progressive academic programs."

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.


William Paterson University Summer Art in China 2015 Study Abroad Program

 

 

May 17 - June 20, 2015
(May 23 - June 12, 2015 in China)

Sponsored by Center for Chinese Art, Art Department, College of the Arts and Communication, and Center for the International Education at William Paterson University.

Supported student scholarships and funded the program publication by Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation

The program faculty: Professor Zhiyuan Cong and Professor Lauren Razzore


Message from President Kathleen Waldron

"Guided by Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art and Professor in the Department of Art, twenty William Paterson University students and faculty journey through China’s cultural capitals including Shanghai, Guiyang, Chengdu and Beijing. Meeting with artists and art professionals at both provincial and national museums, universities, and other cultural institutions, the participants are provided unusual and privileged access.

This year’s emphasis is on Chinese culture from urban to rural, from Chinese to ethnic minorities, from ancient to modern, from natural landscape to cultural landscape. This program will lead the group to sites of historic interest such as Three-Star Piles, to Miao minorities villages, to monasteries and Buddhist temples on the Emei Mountain, to the Leshan Giant Buddha and to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Our students become cultural delegates of American education in general and William Paterson University in particular. They return home with a broader and deeper understanding of the challenges of a complex world and the future roles they may assume in it.

I am especially proud that the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University provides this opportunity. I wish to acknowledge Honorary Directors Ms. Ching Yiu, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, and Mr. Chengzhan Ding and the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation and its members for their generous support of student scholarships and for funding the publication of this book."

Dr. Kathleen Waldron
President of 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.


The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University Presents:
Summer Art in China 2015 Study Abroad

May 17 - June 20, 2015 (May 23 - June 14, 2015 in China)

Sponsored by Center for Chinese Art, Art Department, College of the Arts and Communication, and Center for International Education at William Paterson University

Summer Art in China 2015 is a special study abroad program founded on the understanding and appreciation of Chinese art, which, over the course of the trip will present different lectures, demonstrations and workshops from instructors and master artists in China. The program will enable American students to view Asian culture from a new perspective and to absorb elements in a different cultural tradition from their own artistic articulation and elaboration. It is a journey that investigates the resources from which Chinese culture and art are derived.

The program faculty will consist of Professor Zhiyuan Cong and Professor Lauren Razzore

Registration begins December 4, 2014, and ends February 20, 2015. (Earlier close if more than 16 students have registered)

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for registration, contact the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University in the Ben Shahn Visual Art Center, B-100, email ccart@wpunj.edu, call 973.720.2799 or
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