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.

Coming Events


Collision and Confluence: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium

Exhibition: November 7-16, 2014; Symposium: November 6-8, 2014

Visiting

Collision and Confluence: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition and Symposium are organized by Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Asian Cultural Center and co-sponsored by the Art Department, the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson University of New Jersey, China International Cultural Association, and Chinese-American Art Faculty Association. This is A Comparative Dialogue of American and Chinese Visual Arts during November 6 to 8, 2014. The exhibition and the symposium will include panel discussions, academic research exchanges, demonstrations, slide presentations, and other special activities.

The presenters are primarily US-based Art professors of Chinese origin, who have considerable teaching and art creative experiences in both China and the United States. Their art works and symposium topics will reflect their cross culture life experiences, creative vision and confluence of culture and artistic solutions. At the same time, Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University has apply the grant from Chinese Government to host the "Crossing the Pacific – Conversation with Masters" art cooperation program. Some of the most well known Chinese and American masters will be invited to speak at the seminar.

Exhibition:
Collision and Confluence: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition
November 7th – 16th, 2014
Location: Asian Cultural Center, Manhattan Art Gallery, 15 E 40th Street, New York

Curators: 
Lusheng Chen, Deputy Director at the National Museum of China.
Laurel Reuters, Founding Director and Chief Curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Zezong Mao, Curator at the Asian Cultural Center New York, Manhattan Art Gallery.

Exhibition Opening Reception and Penal Discussion:
Panel Discussion
November 7th, 2014, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Exhibition Opening Reception
November 7th, 2014, 2:30pm-5:00pm
Location: Asian Cultural Center, Manhattan Art Gallery
               15 E 40th Street, New York, NY 

Art Demonstrations:
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Animation
November 6th, 2014 , 11:00-1:00; 2:30-4:30
Location: William Paterson University Power Art Center,  Ben Shahn for Visual Arts and Center for Chinese Art

Symposium:
Contemporary Art in a Cross-Cultural Context between the East and the West
November 8th, 2014

Group Discussions
10:00am-12:00 noon

Symposium Presentation
2:00-4:00pm
Location: Hobart Hall Martini Conference Room, William Paterson University

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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.


Current Events


The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University Presents:
Flaming Watercolor
A Traveling Exhibition of the Watercolor Painting Collection of the Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum of China

September 6th - September 17th, 2014  

Organized by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum of China and Riverside Gallery in New Jersey, this exhibition includes forty watercolors paintings by China’s most famous watercolor painters, in the collection of the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai. The visual language of the collection is diverse, with themes encompassing landscape, as well as figurative and still life. The artistic expression of the exhibition utilizes realism, abstraction, as well as traditional and contemporary modalities with a fresh, colorful and elegant style executed passionately by each artist. Bringing the collection to the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area promotes the international exchange of arts between China and the United States, and highlights the beauty of watercolor, the first western form of painting (media) used in China.

September 6, 2014
3:00pm-3:30pm
CCART 5 Year Celebration
3:40pm-4:40pm
Panel Discussion
4:30pm-6:00pm
Exhibition Opening Reception
Location: One Riverside Square, Suite 201, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Mon-Fri: 10am-9:30pm, Sat: 10am-9pm

September 8, 2014
2:30pm-4:30 pm
Presentation: Watercolor Painting Development in China
by Zhongming Yang, Director of Exhibitions, Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum
Location: 143 William Paterson University Power Art Center, Wayne, NJ 07470  


Celebration for the Grand Opening of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:00pm -6:00pm

Location: Shanghai International Conference Center, Conference Hall 5th Floors, 2727 Pudong Binjiang Avenue, Shanghai

Organizer: Shanghai William China Arts Foundation
Sponsor:Shanghai Leci Pension Enterprise Management Co.,Ltd.
Shanghai WY Real Estate Comp.LTD.
Nantong Weipeng Shipping Project Co., Ltd.
Acknowledgement:National Museum of China; Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum; Nanjing Arts Institute; William Paterson University and Chinese American Art Faculty Association

Celebration for the Grand Opening of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation

MC: Ching Yiu,President of the EMBA Alumna Association of Shanghai Jiaotong University
Interpreter: Li Peng, Foundation Deputy Secretary- General

Remarks: Zhipeng Ding, Chair of the Shanghai William China Arts Foundation
Shengzhan Ding, Vice Chair, introduce members of he organization
Remarks: President Kathleen Waldron, WPUNJ
Remarks: Mr. Feng Zhang, Mayor of Bencha City, Rudong   County, Jiangsu

William Chinese Art Foundation will be a fund to support the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University to introduce Chinese culture and art, to help them understand the essence and characteristics of Chinese art, to promote the cultural and artistic exchange and enhance the understanding between the American and the Chinese people.


Remarks by Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University

"It is a great honor to be here to formalize the relationship established between the Shanghai William Chinese Foundation and William Paterson University. Your generous support and commitment to the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University will enable the Center to expand its programs of inviting important Chinese artists to the United States for exhibitions, lectures, class visits and interaction with our faculty and 11,000 students."

"The Center for Chinese Art was established on September 9, 2009 under the directorship of Professor Zhiyuan Cong, through the generous contributions from Margaret Lam and David Yen.The Center has hosted many world renowned artists including YANG Xiaoyang, President at the China National Academy of Painting, WU Weishan, President of the Academy of Chinese Sculpture, and YU Xiaofu, Dean of Fine Arts College of Shanghai Normal University, and a well-known Chinese contemporary painter; visiting artists from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, National Printmaking College and Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum of China for exhibitions and symposiums on master drawings, printmaking, Chinese Opera Painting and many others."

"We are so grateful to our new generous benefactors and partners, Ms. Ching Yiu, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, Mr. Shengzhan Ding, and the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation. Through your commitment we will be able to provide more programs and continue to invite important Chinese artists to share their knowledge and culture with our students, faculty and community."

"We look forward to many years of successful collaboration in promoting Chinese art and culture through knowledge,international awareness,and through our celebrated faculty and visiting artists."


Remarks by Zhipeng Ding, Chair of the Shanghai William China Arts Foundation 

"Dear President Kathleen Waldron, ladies and gentlemen: Good afternoon! This is a day of celebration. Everyone here can witness the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, in world famous Shanghai International Convention Center. On behalf of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, I truly appreciate your coming, which brings energy and honor to our ceremony.

Two years ago, I met Prof. Zhiyuan Cong in Rudong. His art skills and personality greatly impressed me. Since Prof. Zhiyuan Cong had made great progress in promoting Chinese art and culture in the U.S., we started to explore the feasibility of working together, in order to develop the intercultural and art communication between China and the U.S..

Last year, we did several in-depth conversations in Shanghai with many friends, including Mr. Hakman Wing and President Ching Yiu, and Chairman Xilong Xu. We all agree that the establishment of the first center for Chinese art in the U.S., which was created by Prof. Zhiyuan Cong, is crucial and valuable. 

My brother Shengzhan Ding's family and I visited William Paterson University and the Center for Chinese Art this spring. We were deeply impressed by the efforts and achievements of the Center, as well as the leadership of Prof. Zhiyuan Cong. Moreover, Prof. Zhiyuan Cong's efforts are highly valued by President Kathleen Waldron, professors and students. With the help of Chinese Consulate General in New York and the local community, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University has significant influence in the great New York area and even in the U.S.A..

Since the whole society contributes to the development of our enterprise, it is our responsibility to give back to the society. There is a Chinese old saying: “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives away roses.” The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation is able to raise funds for the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, in order to promote Chinese art and culture. 

We believe that we can do our best for the development of Chinese art, as well as the cultural exchanges between the two countries, and it is definitely an honor for us to do so. We also hope that our efforts will affect more entrepreneurs to support Chinese art, and the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University will surely have a better tomorrow."


Collision and Confluence: Symposium on Sino-US Arts Exchange

Moderators: Zhiyuan Cong, Director, Center for Chinese Art at William PatersonUniversity
Lusheng Chen, Vice President, National Art Museum of China

The symposium invites university presidents, deans, museum curators, professors and artists to explore the Sino-US art exchange experience, to provide a platform for the art exchange, and to enhance mutual understanding between the Chinese and the American people.

Panelists:

Jianqin Fen, Chairmen, Lacquer Painting Committee, National Artists Association, Former President of Nanjing Arts Institute. 

Jialing Chen, Professor, Shanghai University Master of Chinese Painting
Qi Chen, Vice President and Secretary- general of Shanghai Artists Association

Daryl Joseph Moore, Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, William Paterson University
Xiaofu Yu, Dean of Arts College, Shanghai Normal University
Jian Zhang, Director of Shanghai Liuhaisu Art Museum
Zhimin Guan, Professor, Minnesota State University, Chair of Academic Committee, Chinese American Art Faculty Association
Lei Li, Deputy Director of Shanghai Art Museum
Gu Xiao,Dean of Shanghai Painting and Sculpture Institute

Rong Kang, Dean of Nantong Chinese PaintingCalligraphy Institute


Previous Events


Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Xiaofu Yu, a Master Painter from Shanghai, China

The Art Department and the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University invites Xiaofu Yu, a famous Chinese artist and the Vice President of the Shanghai Artists Association presents an oil painting demonstration for the faculty and students as well as for the local committee.

Xiaofu Yu is the Dean of Fine Arts College of Shanghai Normal University, as well as the vice president of Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute. As a well-known Chinese contemporary painter, Yu combines the Humane Care and the Idealism thoughts into the color, composition and lines of his works. Thus, he is also known as “the philosopher doing fine arts”.

Yu Xiaofu is an iconic figure in China’s Shanghai School art scene. Born and raised in Shanghai, he was trained in the prestigious Fine Art Department of the Shanghai Theater Academy. In 1984, his painting Tenderly I Knocked on the Door had created a nationwide sensation in the Chinese art world. Yu also won the Bronze medal of the Seventh National Art Exhibition in 1989; Gold medal of the first Shanghai Art Exhibition in 2001; and silver medal of the Tenth National Art Exhibition in 2004.

Master Painting Demonstration by Xiaofu Yu
Course instructor: Professor Charles Magistro

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00pm- 8:00pm

LocationPainting Studio, #142 Power Art Center, William Paterson University, 25 Power 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.


Ding's Brother Visit CCART

March 5th 15th, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, CEO of Shanghai East Xinjing Shipping Technique Co., Ltd. and his brother Mr. Shengzhan Ding Manager in General of Nantong Weipeng Shipping Project Co., Ltd. have visited CCART in William Paterson University. They met with University President Waldron, Vice President Sandman, and Vice President Ferguson to discuss and evaluate the possibility of donating and collaboration with CCART. Both parties were satisfied with the meeting and hope to establish a long- term, stable and consistent partnership.

For more information about this event, or about the Center for Chinese Art, please call the Center at 973.720.2799 or emailccart@wpunj.eduYou also can call 01186 21 62701018 or Check webwww.lhs-arts.org


Mingsheng Liu and Yong Liu Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Huangsheng Wang, a famous Contemporary Chinese Artist visits William Paterson University

Dr.Huangsheng Wang,Director of Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China and Deputy Director of the Art Museum Committee of China. In 2004 he obtained the Knight medal of Art and Literature awarded by the French government. In 2006 he obtained the Knight medal awarded by the President of Italy. He was the director of Guangdong Museum of Art from 2000 to 2009. Wang's artworks are collected and treasured by the Victoria and Albert Museum (England), Uffizi Gallery (Italy), Mantova Museum (Italy), the China National Museum of Fine Arts, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong Provincial Museum, Anhui Provincial Museum, etc.

Chinese Ink PaintingDemonstration
October 2nd, 2013
Wednesday, 11:00 - 1:30 PM

Lecture and Presentation
Tradition Contemporary: The Evolution of Chinese Ink Painting
October 9th, 2013

Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Both events are located at:144C Power Art Center

25 Power Ave, Wayne, NJ, 07470

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


Pilot Symposium
American and Chinese Visual Arts Education: A Comparative Dialogue

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Art, the Art Department, the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson University of New Jersey, Asian Cultural Center of New Jersey, and with the cooperation of the Preparatory Committee of National Chinese-American Art Faculty Association. The Pilot Symposium "American and Chinese Visual Arts Education: A Comparative Dialogue” is a two-day symposium that will include panel discussions, lectures and presentations on Visual Arts Pedagogy that transcends experiences in America and China respectively. The presenters are primarily US-based visual art professors of Chinese origin, who have considerable teaching experiences in both China and the United States.The primary focus of this pilot symposium is to engage participants in the dialogue of comparative pedagogy encompassing visual art higher education. The symposium will include discussions of the different practices in the delivery of the visual arts curriculum as well as the exchange of the personal experiences of each Artist-Teacher.

The Center for Chinese Art's goal in the development of this important inaugural symposium is to encourage and promote future exchange opportunities related to visual arts higher education in both China and the United States.

November 7-8, 2013
Experiential Snap-shots: How My Teaching Informs My Art

November 7, 2013
Thursday,  6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:  144C Power Art Center
                 25 Power Ave, Wayne, NJ, 07470

Pilot Symposium

November 8, 2013
Friday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Arts and Communication Department
                Hobart Hall Martini Conference Room
                Building # 3 on the Map Click Here for Map

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


CCART Sponsored America Art Exhibitionin Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum in China
Poetry of Metaphors: Abstract Paintings - By Kyung Youl Yoon

Organized by The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and Liu Haisu Art Museum

September 18th - 27th, 2013

Curators: Zhiyuan Cong,Rong Xu

Location: Liu Haisu Art Museum 1665 Hongqiao Road,
Shanghai, China 200336

For more information about this event, or about the Center for Chinese Art, please call the Center at 973.720.2799 or emailccart@wpunj.eduYou also can call 01186 21 62701018 or Check webwww.lhs-arts.org


Awards in 2012

At the Center for Chinese Art we have been striving for excellence not only in connecting the United States to China, but in everything we do. In 2012 we have been rewarded for these goals and honored for them. In the picture you will see the following awards: Gold Award, for Summer Art in China Study Abroad Program, William Paterson University by The 27th Annual Educational advertising Higher Education Marking Report, GA, 2012; Ground Award in APEX 2012, the 24th Annual Award for Publication Excellence Competition by Communications Concepts, VI and Two Silver Awards for 2011 Summer Art in China Catalog and Program: Monographs, William Paterson University by 49th Annual Award Show, ADCNJ, The Place for Creative Professionals, NJ  2012, and Chinese Cultural Ambassador Award to Zhiyuan Cong, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, 2012.