‘Feeling China’ exhibit on display at USD

'Feeling China' exhibit on display at USD The University of South Dakota Art Galleries, in conjunction with the Art Department, is pleased to announce the exhibition, "Feeling China" which will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts through Nov. 11.

The show features paintings by the faculty, alumni, and students of Tianjin Art Academy of the People's Republic of China. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

As part of the cultural exchange between USD and Tianjin Art Academy, there was a weeklong visit by five visiting artists Oct. 18 to Oct. 25.

The visitors were either faculty or alumni of the academy. They include Professor Sun Jianping, a vice-president of the academy and chair of the oil painting department; Professor Deng Guoyuan, a member of the painting faculty; alumni Wang Kun, an artist and editor in chief of Chinese Oil Painting magazine; and alumni Wang Dehai, an artist and educator, who is also the managing partner of Tianjin's first advertising agency.

A fifth visiting artist on campus was Ms. Kang Hong, a freelance novelist from Tianjin who lectured in the English Department.

During their time here the visiting artists each made a painting and offered lectures and demonstrations on a variety of subjects.

They also offered critical insight to USD Art Department students regarding the development of their work.

The exhibition was organized by Professor Jeff Freeman as a result of his being invited to visit Tianjin Art Academy in the fall of 2001. While serving as a visiting artist and critic at the art academy, Freeman observed the quality of artwork and the professional dedication of the faculty, students and alumni in Tianjin.

He believes there are significant benefits to exposing students and faculty at USD, and the general public, to the caliber of work he found.

Tianjin, a city of about 10 million people, the third largest city in China, is about two hours east of Beijing. Tianjin Art Academy has a student enrollment of about 1,000 students in a number of different disciplines.

, ranging from Western style studio arts through traditional Chinese painting and on to computer design and graphics coursework.

The academy is one of the eight most prominent schools in the People's Republic of China dedicated to study in the fine arts.

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