East to West

             —The 1st US-China College Art Summit and Exhibition

 

Chinese art has a wide range of forms and a long history. Classified art forms, such as the painted pottery art in the original era, have more than seven thousand years of history. Even the ink wash painting, which was formed later than many disciplines, has been an independent category for more than two thousand and five hundred years. Today, western genre and concepts continue to blend in and take roots in the Chinese art and art education, and many traditional Chinese art philosophies are also rejuvenating. Eastern and Western styles add radiance to each other. A diverse art landscape has been formed.

 

The development of art has never been isolated. Since the twentieth century, as the oldest and unique culture in Asia, Chinese art has continuously participated in the growth of the world art scene. Chinese artists have held dialogues with artists in different countries through the forms of exhibitions, forums, educational programs, etc. Chinese art shows a mature and self-confident charm as oriental art.

 

The School of Visual Art and the Department of East Asia Studies at the Pennsylvania State University have partnered with the China Arts Link to send a sincere invitation to scholars and artists engaged in higher arts education in Chinese universities to participate the first US-China College Art Summit. Artists and scholars from both China and the United States will conduct in-depth discussions on art and art education in the 21st century. In the same time, artworks from China and the United States will be exhibited at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery at the School of Visual Art at the Pennsylvania State University, providing an intuitive visual dialogue among viewers.

 

The summit's artists and scholars will focus on but not limited to the following topics: the reshaping of artistic styles in different contexts, the social impact of higher art education, the feminism in art, the blending and symbiosis of art, the backtracking of the cultural heritage and its impact, etc. The summit aims to provide a wide platform to broaden and tap the influence of different art genres in China and the United States in the contemporary art context.

 

The first US-China College Art Summit and exhibition will be a bridge for American and Chinese scholars and artists to exchange ideas; for institutions to build further collaborations; for citizens of the U.S. and China to form a deeper understanding. I further hope that the showcase of the new art of ancient China will be a fresh air, across the Pacific Ocean, disseminate and make an academic and social impact.

 

                           Curator:Dr. Jian Zhang

Director and Associate Professor

Department of Art History

Fuzhou University, School of Art and Design

东风西渐

                           —首届中美高等艺术教育峰会暨艺术作品展

 

        中国的艺术,门类繁多且源远流长。成体系的艺术形态已有七千年的历史,如原始时代的彩陶艺术。即便是中国的绘画,成为独立的门类,也有两千五百年之久。时至今日,域外的艺术形式及观念不断融入,并在中国生根发芽,而中国诸多古老的艺术也焕发新风。多元的艺术面貌在中国业已成型并交相辉映。

         艺术的发展,向来不是孤立的。二十世纪以来,作为亚洲最悠久、最具特色的中国艺术,不断参与到世界艺术体系的成长中,与不同国家和地区的艺术对话交流,展示出成熟且自信的东方艺术的魅力。

         此次,美国宾州州立大学视觉艺术学院及东亚系,与中美艺术交流协会携手,向中国高校的从事艺术教育的专家学者及部分职业艺术家发出诚挚的邀请,邀请中国的艺术家赴美国宾州州立大学参加首届中美高等艺术教育峰会。届时,中美双方的艺术家及学者将进行深度交流,共同探讨艺术及艺术教育在二十一世纪发展的问题。此外,在宾州州立大学美术馆也同期展出来自中美两国多类型的艺术作品,为观者提供直观的视觉对话。

        本届峰会的艺术家及学者,将集中探讨但不限于以下的会议主题:不同语境下的艺术风格重塑,高等艺术教育的社会功能,艺术中的女性主义,艺术的交融与共生,传统艺术的回溯与影响等。峰会旨在从更广泛的学术平台,拓展和挖掘中美两国不同艺术门类的现代影响。

        希望借助首届中美高等艺术教育峰会暨艺术作品展,为中美两国的艺术架设一座桥梁,为中美两国的艺术家及学者提供便利,为中美两国高等艺术教育的发展提供便利,为中美两国更深层次的艺术交融提供便利。也希望借助首届中美高等艺术教育峰会暨艺术作品展,进一步展示古老中国的艺术新貌。让中国的艺术新风,逐日西渐,跨越大洋,影响日盛。

 

                            策展人:张健 副教授

                        清华大学美术学院艺术史论系博士

福州大学厦门工艺美术学院艺术史论系主任

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