School of Art, Sichuan Normal University Collaborate on Artistic Exchange

Posted: October 11, 2011 at 1:20 am, Last Updated: October 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The School of Art has collaborated with Sichuan Normal University in China on an exchange of student and faculty works from each university that have been selected to be exhibited at both universities.

“Traditional and New: A Print Exchange Between Sichuan Normal University and George Mason University School of Art” will be exhibited from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16 in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art and Design Building on the Fairfax Campus.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition was organized by Helen Frederick, professor in the School of Art and coordinator of the printmaking program; Shanshan Cui, assistant professor in the School of Art; and Shilou Xiang and Youli Zhang, professors at Sichuan Normal University. Xiang and Zhang will visit the Fairfax Campus this month, while Frederick will visit Sichuan, China, in December.

“The print exchange between the universities showcases the strengths of craftsmanship, different thematic interests and cultural awareness of all of the participating students and artists,” Frederick says. “These differences will be enjoyed by both cultures and will certainly bring forth interesting discussions with the student population and public audiences who attend the exhibitions at both universities this fall.”

According to Frederick, Sichuan Normal University lies in an area where there is a strong Tibetan population; Xiang’s large-scale woodcuts are portraits of Tibetan faces. Other themes prevalent in the prints from China are landscapes, street scenes, geometric patterning and traditional fan shapes, along with contemporary abstractions. Many of the Chinese prints are relief prints and woodcuts.

The American collection reflects nature, the figure, metaphors and abstractions in more multicolor variations, responding to storytelling, popular culture and myth. Many of the American prints are screenprints, with some etching and lithographs, artist-made paper and hand coloring.

Sichuan Normal University has gifted to Mason 34 prints that will be on display at the Fine Art Gallery for the exhibition through Nov. 16 and then will rotate to offices and other spaces on the Mason campus.

Mason’s School of Art has also gifted to Sichuan Normal University 30 prints by undergraduate and graduate students; Frederick; and School of Art faculty members Susan Goldman and Fleming Jeffries. The prints will be exhibited at Sichuan Normal University and then held in its collection.


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