China Daily: A Tale of China Art Education

BY:Chang Jun

Edited BY:Li Shiyu

Source:China Daily

11 20, 2018

China Academy of Art, formerly known as the National Academy of Aft which was established in 1928, unveiled an exhibition From/To: The Frontier of Chinese Art Education, in San Francisco.

The show aims to review the development of art and art education in China and beyond, and spark critical thinking and inquiry into the purpose

and implications of art among a diversified audience.

Joining forces with the San Francisco Art Institute(SEAL), its counterpart of three decades, CAA will run the exhibit from Friday to Dec 9 at two SFAI sites — Chestnut Street and Fort Mason —simultaneously

Bringing together the artwork of about 50 artists who are either educators or graduates of CAA and boast a variety of interdisciplinary backgrounds, the exhibition showcases the robust landscape of China's art through combined formats and media.

Gao Shiming, professor and vice-president of CAA and curator of the exhibition, is scheduled to give a

guided tour on Friday morning, kicking off a series of events that includes a panel discussion. a reception and another guided group tour that will linger late into the night. Artists and art educators from China and America are expected to participate in tbc dialogue.

The year of 2018 is important on many fronts — it marks the 50th anniversary of the "May Storms" in France, the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, and also the 90th anniversary of the founding of what would become the China Academy of Art, one of the most prestigious art education institutions in China, said the organizer.

CAA evolved out of the National Academy of Art, which was established in 1928 as the first Chinese art school by the renowned educator Cai Yuanpei(1868 - 1940) in Hangzhou, school moved 10 times and changed its name six times over the decades, but the pursuit of artistic excellence and upholding such principles as moral education, professional training and cultural inheritance remain consistent,

In recent years, CAA has stepped up its efforts to embrace innovation and launched many international exchange programs, including the adoption of an international MFA program in contemporary art in response to the rapidly increasing globalization in the arts.

"We want to share with our American counterparts our school's history, our longtime observations and recordings of society, and our experimental art," said Su Chengcheng, deputy curator of the exhibition, who flew to San Francisco to help with the installation.

Xu Jiang, CAA's president, once said, "Art education of the new era should focus on combining academic study and craftsmanship, art and new technologies, and the revitalization of

eastern-style education."

Echoing Xu, Su said artworks. regardless of the differences in language, national boundaries, ideologies or social rankings of the creators, should embody idealism as well as reflect reality.

As a communication tool and a linking bridge, art "will, as we believe, help strengthen mutual understanding through silent art pieces. We hope this exhibition will also help Americans better understand our school, China's art scene in general, and China itself," he added.