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Japanese Calligraphy Focus of Exhibit at Creighton University

An exhibit titled “The Awakened Spirit: Japanese Calligraphy in the 21st Century--An Exhibition of Shōsho Brushed by Master Teshima Yūkei” is now on display in the Skutt Student Center Drawing Room and runs through Feb. 26.

A reception and a lecture by Dr. Susan Nakao, chair of Caucus on the Spiritual in Art Education, will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The artworks of Teshima Yūkei and his direct disciples have been exhibited internationally in China, Europe, South America and North America. Shōsho, a contemporary calligraphic art which combines traditional elements of ancient Chinese writing, shodō, and current ideas about the dynamic qualities of the artistic image, promotes the unification of the spirit of the written character (kanji) and the spirit of the artist, filling the three-dimensional space between them with unseen power. This exhibition commemorates one-half century of shōsho, and a quarter of a century since the passing of its founder, Teshima Yūkei. It explores the current direction of the genre and, over the two years of this traveling exhibition, makes it accessible to both students and connoisseurs of Asian Art in the United States.

This exhibit is jointly hosted by Creighton Asian World Center and the Skutt Student Center Art Gallery.

The Asian World Center will host a series of Japan-related events in 2013. With a focus on the nuclear impact on Japan, two lectures are scheduled for later this semester: “Sixty-Eight Years Later: Nagasaki of Japan and Its Promise for American Students,” and “Fukushima: A World-Class Nuclear Threat."