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Sac State hosts Chinese art exhibit


Part of Pang Yongjie’s “Walking Series” will be included in Sacramento State’s “New Wave of Chinese Contemporary Art.”

China’s art is undergoing a new stage of growth, and Sacramento State is hosting an exhibit that will bring some of that new art to Western audiences.

The paintings, graphics, and sculpture of 19 artists will be presented in a free exhibit, “New Wave of Chinese Contemporary Art,” Dec. 10 through March 12, 2011, in the University’s Library Gallery. Library hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the gallery.

Curated by Jessica Gezi Qu, the exhibit includes works by those already renowned for their contributions to Chinese art, along with young-and-promising artists with fresh ideas.

While art is constantly influenced by outside forces such as politics and cultural changes, Qu says it ultimately is a revelation of the individual spiritual existence. “Nowadays, Chinese contemporary art is less influenced and manipulated by political and economic fluctuations, but rather has returned to the very nature of art,” she says.

“This exhibition is a continuation of the commitment the Library Gallery has to bring exhibitions that expose our students and region to art from around the world,” says Gallery Director Phil Hitchcock.

The event, says Qu, will also provide recognition on the world’s art platform as Chinese contemporary art begins a new stage of growth.

For more information, call the University Library Gallery at (916) 278-4189. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.