Events and Programs

The Center for Chinese Art will give students and members of the community the opportunity to broaden their understanding of Chinese art and culture through ongoing programs and events.

Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
A Drop in the Ocean: Celebration of Chinese Art Master Liu Haisu's 120th Anniversary

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December 5, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: College Conference Room, the College of Arts and
Communication, WPUNJ Power Art Center Room 113
25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Master of Ceremonies:
Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and director, Center for Chinese Art

Speakers:
Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication
Lvsheng Chen, President of the Chinese Han Art Association of China and pre-vice director of the China National Museum
Chan Liu, Researcher and consultant at the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, and daughter of Master Liu Haisu
Anna 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.

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.

 


Dean Daryl Joseph Moore and Professor Zhiyuan Cong Visit Nanjing Sanjiang University

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July 1 - 2, 2016

At the invitation of Dean Wu Lizhang, Dean Daryl Joseph Moore of the College of Arts and Communication and Prof. Zhiyuan Cong visited Sanjiang University in Nanjing, China on July 1st and 2nd, 2016. Meeting with the president and vice president of the University, they discussed possible co-operated/exchange programs between the two universities involving both the exchange of students and faculty/staff, as well as participation in seminars, workshops and academic meetings. Special short-term academic and cultural programs were also discussed.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Professor Zhiyuan Cong visited Guizhou Minzu University and Beijing Capital Normal University

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June 23 - 25, 2016

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.

 


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


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.


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

October 26 - November 14, 2015

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.

Cong Zhiyuan
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.

 

 


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.


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.


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