Chinese Artists to be Featured in Lied Art Gallery (January 13, 2010)
Creighton University's Asian World Center and the Lied Art Gallery will present an exhibit featuring works of four prominent Chinese artists titled "Asian Beauty Trespassing Borders" Jan. 20 - March 13, in the Lied Art Gallery. The gallery is on the lobby level of Creighton's Lied Educational Center for the Arts located at 24th and California streets.
An opening reception for the artists will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 20. The reception will be a unique cultural event, featuring Asian-inspired appetizers, a tea event, traditional Chinese music and more.
The exhibit and reception are free to the public. Gallery hours are 1- 4 p.m. daily including Saturday and Sunday.
"Asian Beauty Trespassing Borders" features paintings from Chinese artists:
- Zhou Jingxin, vice president of the prestigious Nanjing Arts Institute (NAI). He has works in permanent collections such as the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Hong Kong Art Centre, and the Nanjing Museum, and has exhibited widely throughout China.
- Zhang Youxian, associate dean at NAI Department of Fine Arts, is known for his Chinese-style paintings.
- Yang Zhilin, professor of art at NAI, is best known for his new style of painting that showcases differences from traditional Chinese style.
- Ning Zhao is a Chinese-born artist now living in Canada who uses traditional Chinese aesthetics to create North American watercolor landscape paintings and figurative oil paintings. He has worked and taught at the Art Research Institute, the Hubei Art College, and NAI.
"Asian Beauty Trespassing Borders" mirrors the beauty of life enriched with Asian elements that reflect the idea of American beauty embraced by the artists from Asia. Focusing on Chinese art, this show takes you beyond the borders of the Great Wall where you see Beijing's ancient courtyards, hear the modern sounds of Nanjing’s roads, and enjoy the North American landscape from the artistic perspective of the East.
"Art does not see whether you are Asian or American. It sees beauty without boundary," said Maorong Jiang, director of Creighton's Asian World Center.
Professor Yang Zhilin will present a lecture titled “Trespassing the Beauty between Styles and Borders” at 3:00 pm Thursday, Jan. 21 in Harper Center room 3023. The lecture is free to the public.
The Nanjing Arts Institute is the only comprehensive arts institute in China's Jiangsu Province. It was the earliest art academy established in China (1912) and since then has attached great importance to promoting academic research, improving art teaching methods, and advancing art education and talent through research and creativity.
The Asian World Center is an academic research institute at Creighton University, which serves as a bridge between Asia and the U.S. and hosts a variety of events, lectures, performances, visiting scholars and various outreach programs in support of the education of Asian studies to the Creighton and Omaha area.
The exhibit is funded in part by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund and an anonymous source.