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.


Current Events


Chairman of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation
Mr. Zhipeng Ding visited William Paterson University

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May 18th to 22nd, 2018

Upon the invitation of Prof. Zhiyuan Cong, director of the Center for Chinese Art at the William Paterson University, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, Chairman of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation and his wife Ms. Peilan Miao, daughter Yi Ding visited William Paterson University from May 18th to 22nd 2018.

On May 21st, Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University and Dr. Warren Sandmann, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs met with Mr. Zhipeng Ding and his family and gave a welcome lunch banquet for them. Mr. Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of the Arts and communication College, Mr. Spencer Scott, Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning and Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art also attended the meeting and banquet. Dr. Waldron addressed that she is very happy to welcome Mr. Ding and his family visiting William Paterson University, she introduced what the Center for Chinese Art has accomplished under the leadership of Prof. Zhiyuan Cong, stressed the importance of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation and its support, without which all the programs and achievement would not have happened. On behalf of William Paterson University, she thanked Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, thanked Mr. Zhipeng Ding, its chairs and board members, and asked Mr. Ding to forward her best regards to them. Mr. Zhipeng Ding expressed his gratitude to Dr. Kathleen Waldron and Dr. Warren Sandmann, and very happy to hear all the progress and development the Center for Chinese Art has made under the leadership of Dean Daryl Moore and Prof. Zhiyuan Cong. He will report what he saw and heard during his visit to the foundation board members after he return back to Shanghai, and discuss further support and donation to the Center for Chinese Art.

In the evening of May 21st, on behalf of the Center for Chinese Art, Prof. Zhiyuan Cong hosted a family dinner party for Mr. Zhipeng Ding and his family. Honorary director of the Center for Chinese Art Ms. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen, Mr. Ip-Wing Kong and Dean of Visual Art College of the Arts and Communication Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Moore attended the dinner. In retrospect, Prof. Cong shared the history of initiating and creating the Center for Chinese Art with Ms. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen. He then talked about the future development of the center, thanked all honorary directors’ support and donation. Everyone was excited about the 10 years anniversaries of the Center for Chinese Art in 2019, making plans for the grand celebrating the 10th anniversary program, and the next reunion in 2019.


The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
New Jersey Chinese American Art Faculty Dialogue at PrincetonCross Culture Currents: the Art of Zhiyuan Cong, Chung-Fan Chang, Liqin Tan, Jing Zhou

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May 6th, 2018

Organized by West Windsor Arts Council in Princeton and in partnership with Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, the exhibition Cross Cultural Currents: the Art of Zhiyuan Cong, Chung-Fan Chang, Liqin Tan, Jing Zhou opened at West Windsor Arts Council on May 6th 2018.

Ms. Aylin Green, exhibition curator and executive director of West Windsor Arts Council emceed the exhibition opening. She stressed the significance of “Cross Culture” lies in the interaction within different cultural contexts. “Cross Culture Currents” art exhibition is a practical outcome of such interaction. All four Chinese American artists are art professors at four NJ-based colleges and universities, whose artworks indicate the interactivity and crossover amongst different cultures, particularly the advantage of artistic diversity shown under the impact of cultural compatibility. This exhibition aims to show how did different cultures influence their artworks.

As the co-organizer, one of the participating artists, director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and chairman of Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Prof. Zhiyuan Cong gave a featured speech at the opening. On behalf of all the artists, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Prof. Cong thanked West Windsor Arts Council and its executive director Ms. Aylin Green, especially for her team and their dedicated professional curation and installation; thanked Mr. Shing-fu Hsueh, former Mayor of West Windsor for attending the opening ceremony, and thanked him for creating such a professional art gallery during his tenure that provides space and opportunity for art exhibitions and dialogues.

Zhiyuan Cong presents several paintings of his basketball series with which they depict basketball sport as a contemporary American’s religion and a symbol of American’s modern society. He borrowed elements from Chinese Han people figure stone relief for its simple, extravagant and vigorous lines to express masculine, sport and speed. There is also reference to Dunhuang grottoes’ frescoes of North Wei Dynasty, using rich colors to represent religious zest and passion towards basketball game. He hopes people will see the dynamics, the rhythm, the quick pace and life in his paintings as well in our modern society.

Chung-Fan Chang, Assistant Professor of Art, Stockton University introduced her “Kite” painting installation. Her work shows influence of Eastern imaginary personal landscape that reflects issues within the society and daily life experience. She draws inspirations from life experience, formal Chinese ink landscape and identifies the visual simile of color and its significance in culture.

Liqin Tan, Professor of Art Rutgers University-Camden presented his computer graphics “Level Signals” series. The competing concepts of the brain — whether the battle of the brain’s size versus its intellectual expansion, or of its technological capacity versus its spiritual power — are kept in eternal equilibrium.

Mr. Shing-fu Hsueh, former Mayor Former Mayor of West Windsor, Mr. Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication gave their congratulatory speeches respectively. Opening ceremony last from 4pm to 6pm, more than hundred guests witnessed these four Chinese American artists using their art languages to overcome hurdles, bridge and blend Eastern and Western cultures, touched by their unique artistic forms and styles.

Cross Cultural Currents: Zhiyuan Cong, Chung-Fan Chang, Liqin Tan, Jing Zhou Art Exhibtiion runs till June 22nd, all are welcomed. Address: West Windsor Arts Council Art Gallery, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550. Hours: Mon-Tue 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-4pm.


Cross Cultural Currents: The Art of Zhiyuan Cong, Chung-Fan Chang, LiQin Tan, Jing Zhou
April 30 – June 22, 2018

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Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6th, 2018,  4 - 6 pm
West Windsor Arts Center Gallery
952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm

This exhibition is being presented by West Windsor Arts Council and in partnership with: Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Chinese-American Art Faculty Association.Cross Cultural Currents will showcase the work of four Chinese American artists who are also professors at four NJ-based colleges and universities. This exhibition will highlight the cultural influences on their art.

Zhiyuan Cong, Professor & Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Patterson University.
Tradition is embedded in the cultural heritage of the world. For an artist to reach the peak and achieve artistic eternity, he needs to be conversant with things present and past, drawing from the best of all traditions. Borrowing from the Chinese Han human figure stone relief, which used simple and vigorous to express masculine power, my work aims to portray an indispensable part of American life, namely, the sport of basketball. From the images in both paintings and prints, I hope people will see the dynamics, the rhythm, the quick pace and life in our modern society.

Chung-Fan Chang, Assistant Professor of Art, Stockton University.
Through the Kite series of painting, works on paper, video, and wall installation, Chung-Fan Chang’s work represents the Eastern influence of imaginary personal landscape that reflects issues within the society and daily life experience. “Kite” refers to the neon color fields in the abstract landscape that imply as intruders to the surrounding. Intruders cross-examine how fluorescent and artificial colors affect our vision and how that restless sensation as a metaphor of continued conflict in society. The abstract landscape calls upon the viewer to ponder, and often allows for ambiguous interpretation. The color is obsessive and disturbing, yet demonstrates authority to demand to be viewed and to attack the viewing experience. The work draws inspirations from life experience, formal Chinese ink landscape and identifies the visual simile of color and its significance in culture.

LiQin Tan, Professor of Art, Rutgers University-Camden.
Primitive Level Signals – This theme uses spirit levels, commonly used to indicate whether a surface is level, as a signal to illustrate a natural phenomenon in humans, where brain development is an equalized process. The competing concepts of the brain — whether the battle of the brain’s size versus its intellectual capacity, or of its technological versus its spiritual side — are always kept in equilibrium.

Jing Zhou, Associate Professor, Monmouth University.
Meditation is an ancient healing method in many cultures. Inspired by nature and the Chinese culture, my digital imaging series “Ch’an Mind Zen Mind: Visual Meditations on the Ultimate Reality and Absolute Calmness” reflects my experience in search of inner peace through one of the most widely held oriental philosophies—Ch’an, also known as Zen. Ch’an’s profound wisdom/teaching and Western art inspired this project. Every image in this series carries a unique philosophical concept with different aesthetic approach. I hope to communicate to my audience Ch’an’s subtle atmosphere of Emptiness and Calmness by developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas. Creating this series of artwork has allowed me to explore the arts, mythology, and both Eastern and Western culture from a Ch’an perspective. I want to share this experience and hope my viewers to look at my images as if through magical windows into a healing space.

For more information, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799, or email ccart@wpunj.edu, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart. You also can call west Windsor Arts Center Gallery at 609.716.1931, or email: info@westwinndsorarts.org, or visit web www.westwindsorarts.org.


The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
Crossing the Pacific: Face to Face with Masters
Jun Leng and His Painting Demonstration, 

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April 19th, 2018

The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University hosted visiting artist Chinese hyperrealist Mr. Jun Leng and his oil painting demonstration, this is part of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series. In the morning of April 19th 2018, crowded fans from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania waited in long line in front of the Ben Shahn Visual Art Center for the art feast presented by the Center for Chinese Art and Jun Leng. The registration reached peak capacity instantly because of its popularity. Since oil painting demonstration is best done with natural light and could not book a bigger hall suits this requirement, the Center decided to extended the demonstration to a whole full day. All registrants were divided into groups with limited length of time. Each group has 40 people and 45 minutes, demonstration started from 10am, lunch break for an hour, and ended in 5pm.

Professor Zhiyuan Cong, director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University hosted the demonstration. Prof. Cong said that Jun Leng was hoping to have 9 hours for the whole demonstration, but the Center for Chinese Art can only make six-hour arrangement, so after a very brief introduction, Jun Leng dived into the all day long demonstration right away.

“Watching Jun Leng painting is very satisfying”, as an artist himself, Zhiyuan Cong told journalists of his thoughts. “Jun Leng’s painting is not big, about 16x20 inches. Surprisingly, he does not use small brushes as we assumed, he instead uses brushes with one-inch wide tip. Despite his severe myopia, he always waves arms to stroke straight lines with his brush. As he explained himself that ‘he uses big brush to paint small paintings, he does not facsimile, he catches the essence of the object’. He has the most astonishing and the sharpest observation, perfect precision with each stroke. Within about one hour, he can paint the whole image and all the face features. Just when you are enthralled by his spectacular skills, he has already started the second round for detailed retouch and recreation. While we felt nervous for him when he retouches the already perfect area, then an even more perfect and captivating depiction appeared under his brush. While we were cudgeling our brains searching for a color or a shape for a part, suddenly a color suits the area to a tee dropped from nowhere. Again and again, one hour, two hours, just like that, during the 6-hour long demonstration, Jun Leng kept unbelievable long lasting vigorous spirit and energy till the very end, kept his senses and observation as fresh as the beginning. Even in the last few minutes, he still retouches the colors of nose and eyes, what a bold yet skillful statement! Jun Leng constantly pushes himself to break boundaries, for reaching a new depth in his artworks and for pushing himself to the throne of a true master. Its already 5 o’clock in the afternoon, Jun Leng is still saying with unwillingness to end: ‘give me two more hours, I can paint the face features with more depth.’ My God, what a genius, unfathomable!”

Prof. Zhiyuan Cong told journalists about all the conversations he had with Jun Leng during his visiting at the William Paterson University. Jun Leng thinks people have been wrongly treated his hyperrealism as photorealism. He emphasizes the differences between “summary” and “refine”. He focuses more on feelings than detailed facts when he observes his objects. For him, “summary” is more about the simplified likeness whereas “refine” is more about depiction of extracted essence. His ability of “refine” all traced back to his knowledge and training on Chinese painting in old days. He highly praises the free style oil painting in China nowadays as it’s an oil painting development on the basis of Chinese cultures. He thinks oil painting in China should have more curriculums on Chinese cultures and traditions, and it’s a dead end and have less profundity if oil painting teaching entirely relies on western methods. He uses ultra thin paint for dark areas to stress the space distance, and he uses thick paint for bright areas to add color richness and layers. 

Prof. Zhiyuan Cong also told journalists that he admires Jun Leng’s professional work ethic and his respect for art. Right after Jun Leng arriving in America, first thing he kept insisting was to check the studio for his oil painting demonstration and the lighting condition, he hopes to have a fixed light source for the whole demonstration. He really did not care about his travel itineraries. He was also very happy that Prof. Cong chose his printmaking assistant Olha Voytsitska, a Ukrainian student as his oil demonstration model. For better portraying Olha’s student ethos, Jun Leng decisively abandoned her pretty green apron. He also insisted to finish painting the background of the canvas and preparing all the colors in order despite the heavy jet lag hitting him in the afternoon. Prof. Cong was touched deeply and exclaimed: it is hard to succeed, it is much harder to achieve perfection. Jun Leng’s success all started with these basic details.  

Consul Wenmei Guo and Chengcheng Liu, both from the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Dean Daryl Joseph Moore, the College of the Arts and Communication of the William Paterson University, and faculty members and students of the Visual Art College of the Arts and Communication at William Paterson University, together with more than 300 people from the tri-state area watched Jun Leng’s painting demonstration. At the end of the demonstration, Dean Moore thanked Mr. Leng’s splendid demonstration on behalf of William Paterson University, thanked the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York’s ongoing support and guidance, thanked Prof. Zhiyuan Cong and the Center for Chinese Art for planning and organizing this program, and thanked all the registrants for supporting the Center for Chinese Art and its programs.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Chinese Hyperrealism Artist Jun Leng Visits William Paterson University

April 19 – 21, 2018

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Lectures and demonstration:
Super cool Jun Leng and his oil painting demonstration
April 19, 2018, Thursday
11:00am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 4:30pm
B-216 Ben Shahn Visual Art Center
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Jun Leng is the leading figure of Chinese hyperrealism. He is the president of Wuhan Art Academy, and chairman of the Hubei Federation of Literary and Art Circles, School of Oil Painting researcher at China National Academy of Painting, and a China National First-Grade painter.

Leng is a 1984 graduate of Wuhan Normal College where he also taught for many years. His honors include the 1993 Silver Art Award at the Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, the 1994 Artwork award at the second annual Chinese oil painting exhibition, the 1995 Golden Award at the third Annual Chinese art exhibition and the 1999 Golden Prize in the ninth National Art Exhibition; and he participated in the “100 Years of Chinese Oil Painting” exhibition.

Jun Leng's oil paintings hold a very special place in Chinese art circle, with its unique composition and masterful use of fine techniques. He is famous for its hyperrealistic paintings and drawings, viewers are always overwhelmed by the incredible details that can stand up to any close-up examination or with a magnifying glass. Objects are depicted with spectacular precision that often enthrall the crowds. Jun Leng's take on contemporary motifs and contents also provide full psychological tension for viewers. His techniques live up to his reputation, the No.1 master of the Chinese hyperrealism school.

The demonstration is free, but advance registration is required.  Please CLICK HERE for registration. For more information, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email ccart@wpunj.edu, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Exhibition and Lecture by Artist Gaopeng Pan

Exhibition Date: March 24 – April 1, 2018

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On March 21, 2018 Lecture/demonstration is in conjunction with Gaopeng Pan’s exhibition, “The Heart Explains Everything,” at the New York Gallery of Chinese Art.

The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University will host Chinese artist Gaopeng Pan for a lecture/demonstration of Chinese landscape painting on March 21, 2018, at the University’s Power Art Gallery on 25 Power Avenue in Wayne from 2 to 4 p.m. The lecture/demonstration is in conjunction with Pan’s exhibition, “The Heart Explains Everything: Chinese Paintings Exhibition by Gaopeng Pan,” from March 21 to April 2 at the New York Gallery of Chinese Art located at 91a Allen Street in Manhattan. The exhibition, with lecture and demonstration, is jointly organized with the Jiangsu Chinese Culture Promotion Society, China Taizhou College and the New York Gallery of Chinese Art.

A well-known landscape painter, Pan is a National Artist and a member of the Chinese Artists Association. He received the Golden Award at the Grand Jiangsu Landscape Paintings Exhibition, and his works are in the permanent collections of the Jiangsu Art Museum, Zhongnanhai, in Beijing, and the National Art Museum of China, also in Beijing.

Hui Shang, chief editor of China Fine Arts, comments that Pan’s landscape paintings feature northern mountains and rivers in China with the subjective spirit of the northern nature. His images transform greyscale ink, stacked and layered, into seemingly thousands of mountain peaks. Through his imagination, Pan depicts a boundless, desolate, primitive world where human beings have never set foot, but also a psychological state in which people still find themselves rootless, lonely and cold in a prosperous postmodern society. His mysterious landscape paintings have thus become a symbol of spiritual and psychological space, revealing the living circumstances of people in contemporary society.

Free, but advance registration is required. For more information about this event, please Click here to register for this Event. For more information, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email ccart@wpunj.edu, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart. You also can call New York Gallery of Chinese Art at 212.574.4407 or email nygca@gmail.com, or visit web www.nygca.com.


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Chinese Artist Gaopeng Pan Visiting William Paterson University
March 21 – April 3, 2018

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Exhibition:The Heart Explains Everything-Chinese Landscape Paintings

This event is organized by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, New York Gallery of Chinese Art, China Taizhou University, and Jiangsu Chinese Culture Promotion Society.

Exhibition Date: March 24 - April 1, 2018
Gallery Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Closed on Monday

Opening Ceremony: March 23, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
New York Gallery of Chinese Art
91a Allen Street, NY, NY 10002

Lecture and Demonstration:The Heart Explains Everything-Chinese Landscape Paintings
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
144C Power Art Center at WPUNJ
25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Gaopeng Pan is a well-known Chinese landscape painter, National Artist and member of the Chinese Artists Association. His received the Golden Award at The Grand Jiangsu Landscape Paintings Exhibition, and his works are collected by Jiangsu Art Museum, Zhongnanhai and National Art Museum of China.

Gaopeng Pan's landscape paintings reflect the magnificent and boundless images, featuring mountains and rivers in China. He paints more than the specific northern mountains and rivers, but worship and representation of natural scenes, and the subjective imagination and creation of nature by his spiritual mind. He overlooks the thousands of mountain peaks as stacked ink on paintings. He has not only shown his imagination to the desolate and boundless primitive world that human beings have never set foot on, but also displayed description of psychological state where people still constantly feel lonely, cold, and mysteriously conscious in a highly prosperous postmodern society. It is from this point of view, that his mysterious and treacherous landscape paintings, in fact, have become a kind of spiritual psychological symbol and revealed current living circumstances of its people.

---Hui Shang, Chief Editor, China Fine Arts

Free, but advance registration is required. For more information about this event, please Click here to register for this Event. For more information, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799 or email ccart@wpunj.edu, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart. You also can call New York Gallery of Chinese Art at 212.574.4407 or email nygca@gmail.com, or visit web www.nygca.com.


Past Events


Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series:
Soul of the Han: Han Carved Stone from Tengzhou, China.

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December 2, 2017-February 26, 2018
New York Gallery of Chinese Art, 91a Allen Street, NY, NY 10002

This event is hosted by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, New York Gallery of Chinese Art co-organized with China Institute of Han Dynasty’s Art, Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Shandong Province,Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Media of Zaozhuang City, Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Zaozhuang City,Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Media of Tengzhou City,and Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones, China.

This program advised by Lyusheng Chen, Daryl Joseph Moore, and Ip- Wing Kong. The Organizers and Curators are Professor Zhiyuan Cong, and Director Hui Li.

Throughout 206BC to 220AD, the Han Dynasty produced remarkable Han Carved Stones adorned with gorgeous reliefs. From underground tombs (also known as hypogea) to the entrances of cemetery temples, these stones served as the building blocks to showcasing the life of the Han people. The art depicted on the stones not only represents the peak of ancient Chinese art of the pre-Han period, but also casts a profound influence on Chinese art after the Han Dynasty, marking a crucial point in its history. The rubbings from these stones give us an opportunity to study the economy, culture, art, and many other domains during the Han Dynasty, providing a glimpse of what society was like long ago. In order to better understand the art of the 55 stone rubbings from the Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones’ collection, we are pleased to invite experts from museums across China to help us share the treasures of Eastern art.

Soul of the Han:An Exhibition of Han Carved Stone Rubbings from Tengzhou, China
Exhibition: December 2, 2017- February 26, 2018, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Close on Monday)
Opening Ceremony: November 30, 2017, 3:00-6:00 pm
New York Gallery of Chinese Art, 91a Allen Street, NY, NY 10002

Lecture and Demonstration
A Trip Back in Time: Art Appreciation and the Highlight of the Han Carved Stone Rubbings
November 30, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
William Paterson University Power Art Center P143,
25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470

Host: Zhiyuan Cong, Director of Center for Chinese Art
Speakers:
Liping Hu, Director of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Zaozhuang, Shangdong
Er Wang, Princeton University visiting scholar from Beijing University
Hui Li, Director of the Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones

Demonstration of Rubbing from Han Carved Stone
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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 Art Lecture and Exhibition
Delegation from Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones, China

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November 29 – December 3, 2017

From November 29th to December 3rd, at the invitation of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, delegation from China Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones that included Deputy Secretary-General of Zaozhuang City Ms. Hongwei Zhang, Director of Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Zaozhuang City Ms. Liping Hu, Director of Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Zaozhuang City Mr. Sang Zhang, and Director of China Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones Ms. Hui Li visited America, they brought HAN art, Song of Strong Winds and HAN culture to New York and New Jersey.

10am on November 30th, Senior Vice President and Provost of William Paterson University Dr. Warren Sandmann welcomed the delegation at his office, and praised highly on the HAN culture lecture and its cultural contribution to the local diversified communities. Dr. Warren Sandmann also commended for all the achievements that the Center for Chinese Art has made in recent years. The delegation visited the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University afterwards.

2pm in the afternoon, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University hosted lecture and demonstration on “A Trip Back in Time: Art Appreciation and the Highlight of the Han Carved Stone Rubbings” at Power Art Gallery. Associate Provost of William Paterson University, Dr. Jonathan Lincoln, former Associate Provost of William Paterson University, Dr. Steve Hahn, university faculties and students, and audience from New York and New Jersey were gathering together for the special art introduction and demonstration.

Lecture was moderated by Prof. Zhiyuan Cong. Ms. Liping Hu opened the lecture with her speech in which she introduced: Han Dynasty was pivotal in Chinese history and represented a pinnacle of human civilization. Mr. Er Wang, Princeton University visiting scholar from Beijing University, an expert on Han history, explained the history context of Han Confucius noble class portraits. Ms. Hui Li presented Han carved stone rubbings paintings and demonstrated how to make them. When she took out all the tools for making Han stone carved stone rubbings, audiences were excited that they get to watch such professional and exquisite art making process outside of a museum. The introductions and demonstrations received full appreciation from the participated audiences.

3pm on December 2nd, the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, New York Gallery of Chinese Art in New York City co-organized with China Institute of Han Dynasty’s Art, Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Shandong Province, Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Media of Zaozhuang City, Bureau of Cultural Heritage of Zaozhuang City, Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Media of Tengzhou City, and China Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones hosted and officially opened exhibition “Soul of the HAN: Han Carved Stone Rubbings from Tengzhou, China” at New York Gallery of Chinese Art. Prof. Zhiyuan Cong told stories on how the exhibition concept got developed, a collaboration with Mr. Lyusheng Chen, President of Chinese Institute of Han Dynasty’s Art, Director of New York Gallery of Chinese Art Mr. Ip- Wing Kong and Director of China Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones Ms. Hui Li.

Deputy Secretary-General of Zaozhuang City Ms. Hongwei Zhang gave a speech on behalf of the City of Zaozhuang. This exhibition consists of 63 Han stone carved rubbing paintings selected from 1500 museum permanent collections, depicts multi-aspects real life of Han Dynasty societies and people, and content ranges from economics, cultures, production, and daily life. She thanked all the participants and friends for making the exhibition possible and welcome visitors to visit Zaozhuang City and Tengzhou City, to see the extensive and profound Han cultures in person.

Director of New York Gallery of Chinese Art Mr. Ip- Wing Kong, Deputy Director of Office of Institutional Advancement of William Paterson University Mr. Spencer, Director Ms. Hui Li also gave their brief speechs during the exhibition opening.

“Soul of the HAN: Han Carved Stone Rubbings from Tengzhou, China”, from December 2nd 2017-February 26th 2018, Tuesday to Sunday.

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


Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New York Gallery of Chinese Art
Ink Painting from the East:
An Exhibition and Symposium of Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting
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Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, co-organized with China National Academy of Painting, Institute of Art Research of China National Academy of Painting, Art News of China, Sino-American Culture Arts Foundation and New York Gallery of Chinese Art.

Chinese contemporary ink painting aims to demonstrate how traditional ink art renews and recreates itself through the integration of contemporary life and theme. This exhibition and symposium are part of the “International Advocate for Chinese Ink Painting” organized by China National Academy of Painting. China National Academy of Painting is a non-profit national art institute with emphasis on art creation, art research, art education, art collection, cultural promotion and exchange, bringing together the best artists in the Chinese art field.

“Ink Painting from the East: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ink” includes 54 artworks created by 28 renowned and active Chinese contemporary ink artists, they present the highest academic and aesthetic art achievement in China. The symposium is to discuss “Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting: Art Appreciation and Reevaluation in a Cross Cultural Context” from both the American and Chinese perspectives.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate New York Gallery of Chinese Art on its grand opening. New York Gallery of Chinese Art is an art gallery focuses on traditional and contemporary Chinese arts, a collaborator under the guidance of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, a pivotal window to introduce Chinese arts in New York City the art world capital. We sincerely thank Mr. Ip-Wing Kong for his contribution and endeavor for promoting and supporting Chinese art!

Directors of the Organizing Committee:
Xiaoyang Yang, President of China National Academy of Painting
Daryl J. Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication, WPUNJ

Associate Directors:
Xiaoling Zhang, Vice President of China National Academy of Painting and Dean of the Art Institute
Ip-Wing Kong, Director of the New York Gallery of Chinese Art
Sam R. K. Zhu, Chairman of the Sino-American Culture Arts Foundation
Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art at WPUNJ

Exhibition Curators and Symposium Host:
Xiaoling Zhang, Zhiyuan Cong and Yi Wang, Researcher at China National Academy of Painting

Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting: Art Appreciation and Reevaluation in a Cross Cultural Context Symposium
11/10/2017, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
William Paterson University Library Auditorium
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Host: Zhiyuan Cong
Speakers:
Daryl J. Moore, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication, William Paterson University
Xiaoling Zhang, Vice President of China National Academy of Painting
Kristen Evangelista, Director of William Paterson University Galleries
Jin Sun, Professor, Beijing Normal University
Robert C. Morgan, American Art Critic
Ming Chen, Researcher at China National Academy of Painting
Richard Vine, American Art Magazine Editor

Ink Painting from the East: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings
11/10 -11/16/2017, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
New York Gallery of Chinese Art
91a Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

New York Gallery of Chinese Art Grand Opening and the Exhibition Opening Ceremony
11/10/2017, 6:00-9:00 pm
New York Gallery of Chinese Art
91a Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

Exhibition Curators: Xiaoling Zhang, Yi Wang
Participating Artists:
Baolin Jiang, Dakai Du, Quanzhon Guo, Quan Liang, Guo Shi, Ming Zhou, Lizhu Zhang, Zijian Liu, Wei Zhao, Yun Liu, Yong Sun, Xiaoyang Yang, Rongsheng Lin, Jinxing Zhou, Hui Chen, She Liu, Lianbin Ji, Jialin He, Gang Liu, Shunyu Lu, Lijun Fang, Shi Fang, Gang Liu, Qiang Li, Yinan Qiao, Xiang Fang, Yidan Zhang, and Xiaofeng Shao.

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, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart. You also can call New York Gallery of Chinese Art at 212.574.4407 or email nygca@gmail.com, or visit web www.nygca.com.

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Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series
President Xiaoyang Yang and the Delegation from China National Academy of Painting visit William Paterson University

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November 8 – 12, 2017

The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University co-organized with the China National Academy of Painting, the Institute of Art Research of China National Academy of Painting, the Sino-American Culture & Arts Foundation and the New York Gallery of Chinese Art hosted “Ink Painting from the East: An Exhibition and Symposium of Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings” at William Paterson University and New York Gallery of Chinese Art respectively on November 10, 2017.

10:00am in the morning, President of China National Academy of Painting Mr. Xiaoyang Yang and their vice President Mr. Xiaoling Zhang led a delegation of 12 artists visited William Paterson University, the Center for Chinese Art and Art Department. Dr. Kathleen Waldron President of William Paterson University, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication of William Paterson University Mr. Moore, and Director of the Center for Chinese Art Prof. Zhiyuan Cong met with the delegation at the Hobart Manor.

12:00pm, the Symposium began at the William Paterson University library hall. It commenced with a video introduction specially made for this exhibition by the China National Academy of Painting. Prof. Zhiyuan Cong hosted the Symposium. He explained the theme of the Symposium is Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting: Art Appreciation and Reevaluation in a Cross-Cultural Context. He commented that “Contemporary Chinese ink art” in America and “Chinese contemporary ink art” in China are two concepts often have been mixed. “Contemporary Chinese ink art” in America is guided by western art philosophies, is embedded with modern art movements, and combined with Chinese culture and sentiment in opposition of the rebellious western art slogans. “Chinese Contemporary ink art” in China is guided by Chinese culture spirit and art philosophies, inspired by contemporary Chinese natural lives and themes, to promote and carry forward Chinese cultural traditions, and develop innovative Chinese contemporary arts. Therefore, it is very meaningful and important that experts and scholars in this symposium address and discuss Chinese contemporary ink art appreciation and reevaluation in a cross-cultural context by different eastern and western aesthetics and visual perspectives. Vice President of China National Academy of Painting Mr. Xiaoling Zhang gave the thematic speech, Dean of College of the Arts and Communication of William Paterson University Mr. Daryl J. Moore, Prof. Jin Sun of Beijing Normal University, Director of William Paterson University Galleries Ms. Kristen Evangelista, Researcher at China National Academy of Painting Mr. Ming Chen discussed globalization of Chinese Contemporary ink art. Mr. Xiaoling Zhang closed the Symposium with a summarized speech.

6:00pm, curated by Dr. Zhang Xiaoling, vice president of China National Academy of Painting and chief editor of Art News of China, “Ink Painting from the East: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings” opened at New York Gallery of Chinese Art in Manhattan. The exhibition showcased 52 paintings of 27 renowned Chinese ink artists that have been actively participated in Contemporary Chinese ink field that aim to introduce contemporary Chinese ink art from an academic and aesthetic new height.

The grand opening of “Ink Painting from the East: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings” and opening celebration of New York Gallery of Chinese Art are hosted by Dean Daryl J. Moore and Prof. Zhiyuan Cong. Guests speakers respectively are: Cultural counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in New York Mr. Liyan Li, President of China National Academy of Painting Mr. Xiaoyang, Yang, President of William Paterson University Dr. Kathleen Waldron, Chairman of Chinese Contemporary Culture and Art Foundation USA Mr. Sam Zhu, Honorary Directors of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University and President of New Jersey Chinese Association Ms. Margaret Lam.

“Crossing Pacific: talk to maters in person” was a special program planned during the opening ceremony. The dialogue was hosted by prof. Zhiyuan Cong, he invited President of China National Academy of Painting Mr. Xiaoyang Yang, vice president of China National Academy of Painting and chief editor of Art News of China Dr. Xiaoling Zhang, and Robert C. Morgan, American Art Critic for a talk on Chinese contemporary ink art. Despite the apparent differences between American culture and Chinese culture, it has never stopped artists connecting with each other. 12 years ago, Robert C. Morgan met with Mr. Xiaoyang Yang over disagreement of art expression, now they have found consensus on tolerance and communication in today’s two giant cultures, and became art confidant. These two dialogues will become tales in the American and Chinese contemporary art exchange history. Mr. Ip-Wing Kong, Director of New York Gallery of Chinese Art opened the exhibition and cut the ribbon for the gallery’s grand opening.

As the chief program organizer of this project in America, Prof. Zhiyuan Cong told reporter, that the Center for Chinese Art has great appreciation for China National Academy of Painting, their president Mr. Xiaoyang Yang and vice president Mr. Xiaoling Zhang, for the honor and opportunity to co-organize and co-host this international project. The Center for Chinese Art will continuously organize high level exhibitions and academic programs like this, and will keep up with the Chinese American culture and art exchange and development.


Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the birth of a Chinese Art Master
Pinnacle Art Achievement, Backbone of China:
Talk on Pan Tianshou and his Art
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Lecture by Zhiyuan Cong
40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Born 120 years ago in Zhejiang, Pan Tianshou is considered as one of the most celebrated Chinese modern artists, together with such celebrated names as Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong, known as the "Four Great Masters of Chinese Ink Painting of the 20th Century".

At this lecture, Prof. Cong will relate Master Pan Tianshou's art career and focus on the characteristics of his paintings and art achievements. A short film produced by CCTV on Pan's life and works will also be shown.

Prof. Zhiyuan Cong is the Director of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Chairman of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association. He has had more than 30 solo international art exhibitions at various prestigious institutions, including the National Museum of China, UN Headquarters, and Indianapolis Art Museum. He has been invited to give talks and speeches at more than 150 universities and museums.

Professor Zhiyuan Cong studied and taught at Nanjing Arts Institute for 12 years. The predecessor of the Institute was the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, where Pan Tianshou taught. Prof. Cong studied with famous painter and founder of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Liu Haisu, and Xie Haiyan, both were close friends of Pan Tianshou. The edifying and inspiring influences by these masters provided Prof. Cong with an in-depth understanding of Pan Tianshou's artworks.

This Lecture will be conducted in Chinese, with no interpretation. Free, but advance registration is required. For more information, please call Renwen Society at (646) 912-8861, email learnedsociety@gmail.com 

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Chairwomen of Supervisory Committee of China Arts and Entertainment Group
Ms. Chunmei Chen visited The Center for Chinese Art

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August 24th - 25th, 2017

Invited by the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Ms. Chunmei Chen, Chair of Supervisory Committee of China Arts and Entertainment Group of China visited the center from August 24th to 25th 2017. Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, Mr. Daryl Joseph Joseph Moore met and dined with Ms. Chunmei Chen. Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center briefed Ms. Chunmei Chen on center’s progress, current plans and future projects and development directions. Professor Cong thanked Ms. Chunmei Chen for her perennial support and guidance. Ms. Chunmei Chen lauded highly on the endeavor and achievement that the Center has contributed to US-CHINA cultural exchange. Ms. Chen stated that there will be more future collaborations, and she will continuously support the development of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University.