Wednesday August 12, 2020


George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

The USCPF recently hosted a panel discussion at the opening of the exhibit “Ageless Chinese Art: A Virginia Scholar’s Collection of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings.” The exhibit, which is housed at the Fine Arts Gallery of the Art and Design Building of George Mason University, showcases many treasures from Dr. Chi Wang’s private collection of historical Chinese artworks and calligraphy.

The event opened with a discussion by three distinguished panelists: Dr. Carma Hinton, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and China Studies at George Mason University, Dr. Michael Chang (张勉治), Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Chi Wang, founder and President of the U.S. China Policy Foundation. Dr. Hinton spoke eloquently on the tradition of Chinese art, emphasizing that calligraphy rather than painting is the highest form of art. She also discussed the tradition of “statesmen” calligraphers such as Mao Zedong, and how artistic talent was an important quality of a Chinese politician or leader.

Dr. Chang discussed the significance of historical context in analyzing Chinese artwork, and argued that the works displayed at this exhibit represent some of the debates and conflicts that China grappled with during the 19th and 20th century. Dr. Chang posited that these conflicts are not apparent in the paintings themselves unless the viewer approaches them with an understanding of the historical context. He also argued that these paintings and calligraphy works also serve as a wider meditation on the purpose of art in Chinese society.

Dr. Wang began by thanking the panelists and all those in attendance, and expressed his great pleasure in being able to share his collection with people who value Chinese art. He further articulated the relevance of calligraphy to the Chinese artistic tradition, saying, “Calligraphy is the heart and soul of Chinese art.” He hoped that the exhibit would encourage the American public to develop an understanding and appreciation for Chinese painting and calligraphy.

The USCPF was happy to host this enlightening panel discussion to accompany the exhibit, and we would like to thank all the participants and guests for attending.


Location: Fine Arts Gallery, Art & Design Building, Fairfax Campus of George Mason University

Exhibition Dates: Sept. 10 to Oct. 23, 2015

Hours: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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