On November 14, 2011, the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) held a gallery opening for the China Wind exhibit. The opening was held at the Atrium Gallery at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) building on the UCA campus. At 4:00 P.M., there was an opening, ribbon cutting, ceremony where Dr. Lance Grahn, the vice president of academic affairs of UCA and Jun Fan, the vice president of East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China spoke, welcoming those who came and to praise the continued collaboration and exchange of ideas between UCA and ECNU.
Along with the vice president, a delegation from the ECNU Art Department was in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The delegation from ECNU consisted of Xiaoying Li, the Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Changjiang Zhou, the Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Genxiong Tan, the chair of the Arts Department and Peng Ye, a professor from the School of Fine Arts. In addition to Dr. Grahn, the UCA faculty and staff that was in attendance consisted of Dr. Rollin Potter, Dean of Fine Arts and Communication, as well as professors from the Geography, Philosophy, Music, and Business Departments and representatives from the Office of International Engagement and around 100 UCA students.
After the opening ceremony, the attendees were able to view the artwork and had the chance to talk to the artists themselves about their works on display.
The exhibit commemorated the 60th anniversary of ECNU’s founding in October 1951. It featured contemporary artwork from the faculty and students of East China Normal University.
China Wind also kicked off UCA’s International Education week, a weeklong series of events aimed to promote awareness of the various international programs at UCA and for international students to share their culture with the UCA population. The exhibition will run until December 30 of 2011.