CONTACTS: MARY GERAGHTY
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(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
CONTACTS: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 22, 1999
Renowned Chinese calligrapher to demonstrate his art
at UI Oct. 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa Shen Peng, a renowned calligrapher
and noted artist from mainland China, will visit the University of Iowa to
present a calligraphy demonstration and lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.
His presentation, which is being sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and
Pacific Studies, is free and open to the public and will take place in the
Lasansky Room at the UI Museum of Art.
A distinguished calligrapher, Shen is regarded as
a living national treasure in China, said Hualing Engle, a UI professor emerita
who helped to arrange Shen's visit to the UI. Shen is an expert at running
hand, regular script and official script and is also known for his critical
evaluations of traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy.
Shen, the current chairman of the Chinese Calligraphers
Association, has published more than ten books, including, "On Calligraphy
and Painting" and "Shen Peng's Selected Calligraphy." More information about
Shen is available on the Web at http://www.east.cn.net/artgallery/famous/shenpeng/introe.html
Brush calligraphy is an art unique to Asian cultures.
It is regarded as the most abstract and sublime form of art in Chinese culture
and is often thought to be revealing of one's personality. In contrast to
Western calligraphy, inkblots and dry brush strokes are viewed as a natural
expression rather than an artistic blemish. More information about Chinese
calligraphy is available on the Web at http://www.asiawind.com/art/callig/index.htm
Seating for Shen's demonstration is limited to about
70, so those who plan to attend are advised to arrive early. For more information
about Shen's visit to the UI, contact the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
at (319) 335-1305.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact the UI Museum of Art in advance at (319) 335-1727.