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

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


Current Events


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


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.

 


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.