view of hallway in art building

Photo by Reese Shebel

These two pieces of Chinese art are part of an exhibition at the Galleries at CSU, which Professor Qian Li curated. The show will be up until Dec. 5.


October 26, 2015

Galleries host first Chinese art exhibit at CSU

By Shu-Yu Lin

The Galleries at CSU will host a new art exhibition, “A Tradition Re-Interpreted: New Works by Chinese Artists,” from Oct. 22 until Dec. 5.

Ninety percent of the art in the exhibit was flown from China to Cleveland State for the show.
Pieces included in the show took anywhere between a week to a year for the artists to create.

Qian Li, associate professor graphic design at Cleveland State and curator for this event, said that contemporary Chinese art has been rapidly growing and changing and has been widely discussed and collected around the world.

“I have always wanted to organize an exhibition to introduce contemporary art to the Northeast Ohio audience,” Li said. “It is a moment to share art with audiences from the other side of the world. Visual art is directly communicated between humans without any language, and it is so exciting that we have this opportunity here at the Galleries at CSU.”

This exhibition covers various themes, such as environmental issues and economic development, through a diverse array of art forms, including traditional painting, photography, digital animations and site-specific installations.

“Exploring ideas related to social and economic changes, these artists have chosen to express their experience throughout their art,” Li said.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 with a talk with Dr. Zhijian Qian, art historian and professor at Cleveland State.

“[Qian] specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese art, with special research in art and politics in modern China, and art and artists in the Chinese diaspora,” Li said. “He has also organized a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and China. He will deliver his gallery talk, ‘Chinese Art in Transformation’ on the opening day.”

Admission to the exhibit is free. Normal gallery hours are by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. The galleries are closed on Sundays.

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