Zhiyuan Cong


Office:   Power Art 144C
Phone:   (973) 720-3173
Office Hours:   Monday, Wednesday 10:00am - 11:00am, 4:30pm- 5:00pm & by appointment

Department: Art
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Printmaking / Chinese Ink Painting

Professor Zhiyuan Cong earned an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 1994. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he earned a BFA (1980) and MFA (1986) in Chinese Painting from the Nanjing Arts Institute, China.

He has taught at William Paterson University since 1994. Prior to that, he was a professor at Nanjing Arts Institute from 1980 to 1988, a guest artist at the Chicago Art Institute in the summer of 1992, and an instructor at Indiana University from 1989 to 1994.

Professor Cong's most recent solo exhibition was at Nantong Museum of China, in 2008. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art , Youngstown, OH (2006), at the United Nations, New York City (2003), at the East-West Center, Hawaii (2002), St.John's University, New York (2001), McDonough Museum of Art, OH (2000), Bergen Museum of Art and Science, the Indiana University Art Museum, the Nanjing Arts Institute, Qinghai Provincial Museum, China, and the Elisabeth Wang Gallery in New York City. Cong's group exhibitions include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the New Jersey State Museum, the Newark Museum, the Nanjing Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, and the National Fine Art Museum of China. His art demonstrations and lectures include Princeton University, UC Berkeley, the University of Oregon, and the Chicago Art Institute. Cong also was a consultant and project coordinator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art for an art project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a director of the Summer Art in China program at William Paterson since 2001. Currently Professor Cong is a director of Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University.

In addition to his exhibitions, his work has earned him several awards for Artist-in-residency, East-West Center, HI, Spring, 2002; The New Jersey Printmaking Fellows for 2001, Rutgers University; Best of Show: "Contemporary Prints Exhibition," NJ, 1999, and "Imaging New Jersey," 1995. He received the First-Place Award at the American State Arts Competition in Indianapolis in 1993, and the Outstanding Works Award from the National Committee of the International Youth Year in Beijing in 1985. He have received reviews of his work from New York Times, Star-Ledger, Herald news, World Journal, Chinese news Net, People's Daily, NJN and WLIW. His art works have been collected at a lot of Museums, such as New Jersey State Museum, Jersey City Museum, Nanjing Museum, and National Art Museum of China.