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Eastern Art Professors Visit China on CSUS Grant

Written by Kate Harner

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     Gelburd and Liu share a gift from Hanshan Normal University in Guangdong with President Elsa Núñez.

Willimantic, CT -- Gail Gelburd, visual art department chair at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Qimin Liu, associate professor of art at Eastern, traveled to China under a Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Research Grant this past June.

            The grant enabled Gelburd and Liu to visit the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts; Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai University; Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou; Hunan University, Zhangzhou; and Qingdao University. The purposes of these visits included studying new media, painting and drawing facilities offered at the schools; reviewing facilities and exhibition areas; and meeting with faculty and staff. Artists and professors of art interacted with each other to better understand the cultural and educational similarities and differences between Eastern and schools in China. Gelburd and Liu have been invited to return as visiting professors and consultants at these universities.

            Gelburd and Liu lectured at Hanshan Normal University on liberal arts education and American contemporary art to more than 500 students and faculty members. Liu also presented a lecture on painting at Qingdao University to more than 300 students and faculty members.

Gelburd and Liu also visited galleries and museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Chaozhou, Souzhou, Lhasa Tibet and Xian. They are creating an online joint project with each of the universities they visited; are working on developing a student/faculty exchange program; and are planning to invite faculty and artists and performers from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Beijing to Eastern.

            For more information on the Gelburd-Liu visit to China, and the emerging faculty exchanges, contact Carla Sheldon at (860) 465-0197 or


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