ISU College of Design to host Wuhan University design faculty exhibition, workshops Feb. 12-21

Chinese drawing

AMES, Iowa — Artwork by faculty from the Wuhan University (WHU) School of Urban Design in Wuhan, China, will be on display Feb. 12-21 at the Iowa State University College of Design.

“The Highest Good is Like Water: Artwork by Wuhan University School of Urban Design Faculty” will open with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the College of Design’s Gallery 181. A brief program at 5 p.m. will include remarks by ISU Associate Provost David Holger, ISU College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and WHU School of Urban Design Dean Zhang Ming.

The exhibition will feature 28 drawings, paintings, photographs, engravings and decorative clay tiles by seven faculty members of the WHU Department of Design. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by special arrangement in Gallery 181, located on the first floor of the College of Design building on the west side of the Iowa State campus. Admission is free.

The show will be accompanied by a series of public demonstrations, workshops and presentations by five of the visiting faculty artists: Professor Guan Jiaqing; Associate Professors Wen Qingwu, Xia Lijun and Zhou Xiumei; and Lecturer Wang Xin.

Chinese painting

Wen will present an architectural sketching demonstration and workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the college’s Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum (atrium). Zhou will offer a watercolor demo/workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, also in the Lightfoot Forum. Guan will present a ceramic-based glaze-painting demo/workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the forum.

Wang will share her treatment of light and shadows in photos of traditional Chinese architecture in a presentation from 9 a.m. to noon. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Gallery 181. Xia will present a lithographic plate engraving demo/workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. that afternoon in the Lightfoot Forum.

The five faculty also will present a group lecture on Chinese painting history and techniques at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the College of Design’s Kocimski Auditorium.

“The Highest Good is Like Water” exhibition and events are cosponsored by the ISU College of Design, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Department of Architecture, Department of Integrated Studio Arts, College of Design Multicultural Office, Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series, CODAC (College of Design Art Club), (ab)Terris Landscape Architecture Graduate Student Organization, and ISU Committee on Lectures (funded by the Government of the Student Body). All events are free and open to the public.