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