Visual Arts Professor Qimin Liu organized an "East Meets West: A Prospective" exhibition that ran from Oct. 12-31 at the LQM Gallery in New London. The exhibition featured four Chinese Women artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency program.
Zhang Shuyun is a painter at the Xu Beihong Art Institute, member of the Beijing Oil Painting Society and director of Qinhuangdao Artists group. Xu Chunli is a teacher, member of the Hebei Artists Association, Deputy Secretary-General of the Qinhuangdao Artists Association and Vice President of the Qinhuangdao Oil Painting Arts Council. Ben Ni is a college lecturer as well as a member of the Artists Association of Hebei Province. Guan Yuling is a freelance painter with a powerful and youthful exuberance which she portrays in her artworks.
In addition to the exhibition, the artists and other invited local women artists participated in a panel discussion, "Through the Eyes of Women," hosted by Afarin Rahmanifar, assistant professor of art, on Oct. 19. The panel examined women artists and diversity, their processes, inspirations, goals and achievements, and a host of other topics facing women in the art world and society.