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Chinese Art Professors to Exhibit and Interact
With Campus and Community at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 14, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — An exhibition of photographic works by art faculty and students at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute of Sichuan, China, will be on display at the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, from Feb. 22 to March 15. An opening reception for "The Perspective of Chinese Art at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute" is set for 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Foster Gallery.

According to Jian Luo, assistant professor of art at UW-Eau Claire and curator of the exhibit, China has been experiencing rapid changes in a wide range of areas over the past two decades, and these changes are reflected in contemporary Chinese art. This particular show features primarily photographic art, including the work of six faculty members and several students from Sichuan Institute. One faculty member who is primarily a printmaker is also exhibiting several pieces.

"The goal of this exhibit is to increase awareness about Chinese culture, art and society through a series of activities, including the exhibit, lectures and demonstrations," said Luo. "The event will provide an opportunity for the campus and Chippewa Valley communities to interact directly with Chinese scholars and artists when three artists from the Sichuan Institute visit our campus March 12 through 15."

Professor Luo Li, whose photos are included in the exhibit, will speak on a topic related to photography. Professor Pang Maokun, who heads the painting department at Sichuan, will discuss oil painting, and associate professor Yang Xiaobin will speak on his area of expertise, Chinese art history and the cultural history of China. The specific times and locations for these presentations will be posted on the Web site of the UW-Eau Claire department of art & design as they become available.

According to Steven Terwilliger, chair of UW-Eau Claire's art & design department, this exhibit is part of an ongoing effort to form a study abroad partnership between UW-Eau Claire and the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, an effort initiated after Luo, a Sichuan Institute alumnus, joined the department in 2004. In spring 2006 four art professors from SFAI visited the art & design department at UW-Eau Claire. In turn, Terwilliger visited SFAI over winter break in 2007. UW-Eau Claire art students will be able to study there beginning in the summer of 2008, and Xiaobin is scheduled to teach a class at UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2008.

Last fall, when Bob Baca and five of his Jazz I students got so much attention for their participation in Jinan University's centennial celebration in Guangzhou, China, their trip also included a performance at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. While there, Baca consulted with the institute's administrators about establishing a jazz program at Sichuan.

"That visit happened because one of the art professors visiting us heard the jazz students performing, got excited about it, and told us that Sichuan wanted to start a jazz program as well," said Terwilliger. "I think the partnership with Sichuan Fine Arts Institute will prove to be a great one, not only for the benefits it will bring to the faculty and students of the art & design department, but for UW-Eau Claire as a whole."

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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