Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University

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.

Across Time and Space: The Silk Road and the Silk City - An International Symposium

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From the earliest silk unearthed in south China at Qianshanyang Site in Zhejiang Province, to Zhang Qian's mission to the Western Regions to open up the Silk Road which connected Europe and Asia, and then to Patterson City, the “Silk City” of America on the other side of the ocean, diverse civilizations are exchanging and developing on theSilk Road.

Organized by China National Silk Museum, Center for Chinese Art of William Paterson University and the Paterson Museum, the online exhibition “Silk and The Silk Road: From Hangzhou to Paterson” is executed on the Silk Road Online Museum (SROM) “Online-Curating” platform and collects 84 artifacts from 41 museums in15 countries all over the world covering more than 20 kinds of materials.

Starting with Silk Weaving Painted in Hangzhouthe exhibition is divided into four chapters: “The Origin and Development of Silk” “Story of the Silk Road” “Europe: New Center of Silk” and“Paterson: Silk City in America”and tells the origin, development, transmission of silk to the world.


Click here to view online presentation of the Silk Road exhibition

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