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Distinguished calligrapher talks about Chinese craft

April 12, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A gifted Chinese calligrapher will speak about his craft and Chinese culture from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Western Michigan University in Room 2037 of Brown Hall.

Dr. Yue-chuan Wang, a full-time professor from Beijing University, will present the free, public talk. Wang is a leading academic in the field of literary studies and an accomplished artist in calligraphy, painting and music.

He is highly regarded as someone who demonstrates extraordinary techniques in different calligraphic styles and remarkable skills in the Running Script (cao shu). His calligraphic works and paintings are included in a wide variety of international collections and published volumes.

Wang has earned numerous Chinese awards for his calligraphy, including the National Ex Gratia Emolument for Experts and the Distinction Award in the National Calligraphic Competition for College Students. Additionally, his work was displayed in 2002 in Beijing's National Gallery of China as part of the "Calligraphic Exhibition of the Contemporary Renowned Academics."

Much in demand as an academic, Wang is deputy director of the Institute of Chinese and Western Literary Theories as well as of the secretariat of the Collegiate Board of the National Academy of Aesthetics, and is a part-time doctoral supervisor in the Department of Calligraphy at Beijing University. He also is a guest professor at the Chinese Culture Institute, a lecturer at Capital Normal University and an adjunct professor at five universities.

Wang lent his calligraphic expertise to the creation of the script for the "The Light of Chinese Civilization" documentary TV series, which also features his commentary on the Song and Yuan dynasties, Wang Xi-zhi's calligraphy in the Tang dynasty, and the culture of seal-carving and the seal-carvings of intellectuals. He has written many books on Chinese culture and art and on western literary theories and aesthetics, and had some 400 research papers published at home and abroad.

Wang's Chinese calligraphy and culture talk is being sponsored by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Contact wmu-confucius@wmich.edu for more information.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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