New Trends, New Journey: The 5th Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium

The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University in cooperation with the Department of Art, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at William Paterson University, and the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association (CAAFA) presents “New Trends, New Journey: The 5th Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium,” November 8-11, 2023.

The conference will include sharing and exchanging academic ideas and works, group discussions, and thematic speeches. The keynote speaker is Dr. Natasha Chuk, a New York City-based media theorist and researcher. The theme of her speech is “Art in the Age of AI.” The participants include not only Chinese-American professors of art from various universities across North America, but also from academic institutions in China. Their works and seminar themes reflect their cross-cultural experiences, creative vision, and the integration of the influences from their cultural and artistic background and perspectives.

Conference Schedule:


9:30am -12:30pm

Location: UC ballroom A, William Paterson University

Session I: Art Research and Art Creation Presentation

Conference Host:
Wei Dong, Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison, WI,
President of the Executive Committee, CAAFA

Conference Introduction:
Zhiyuan Cong,
Professor and Director of CCART, Chair of the Board of Directors, CAAFA

Academic Host:
Qian Li, Professor, Art Department, Cleveland State University, OH

Lunch break 12:30pm-2:00 pm

2:00pm– 4:30pm

Location: William Paterson University, Atrium 144

Conference Opening and Keynote Speeches

Opening Remarks: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Opening of the Conference and Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Chinese- American Art Faculty Association

Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and Director, CCART, WP, Chair of the Board of Directors, CAAFA
Wartyna Davis, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, William Paterson University     

Joshua B. Powers, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, William Paterson University
Wei Dong, Professor, Chair of the Executive Committee, CAAFA; University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Keynote Address 2:30pm-4:20pm

Art in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Snow Yunxue Fu, Assistant Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Dr. Natasha Chuk, Lecturer, School of Visual Arts in NYC

Summary: 4:20pm – 4:30pm

Wartyna Davis, PhD, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, William Paterson University



9:30am -12:30pm

Location: 144 Power art Center, William Paterson University, 25 Power Ave, Wayne, NJ

New Trends of High Art Education in America

Yifei Gan, Professor, Arts and Humanities Division, Howard Community College, MD
Zhimin Guan, Professor, Department of Art, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN


Lunch break 12:30pm-2:00pm


2:00pm -4:30pm

Location: B-20 Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, William Paterson University

Session II: Art Research and Art Creation Presentation

Lawrence Yun, Professor, College of the Arts, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Peili Wang, Associate Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD-Atlanta, GA

This event is open to students, faculty and as well as the community public. For more information, please contact the Center for Chinese Art at, or visit us our website at