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May art gallery exhibit showcases the works of visiting scholar Shenyu Xu

5/8/2012 —

A May art exhibit is showcasing the work of visiting scholar Shenyu Xu and her students at Penn State New Kensington campus. According to the Chinese artist, she couldn’t be more pleased.

A reception held May 3, which Xu described as “wonderful”, welcomed Penn State and the public to meet with the Chinese artist and her students. The visiting scholar came to Penn State New Kensington campus in January. Classes Xu teaches at Penn State include a course about art and Chinese culture and another which she paired up with professor of visual arts Charles W. “Bud” Gibbons to teach, Drawing and Painting.

“I think the 100 class is when you teach students fine arts,” she said. “So I teach different materials, different styles.”

Xu, associate professor of art at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China will teach classes in the fall semester as well. Gibbons arranged to bring Xu to the campus. She was sponsored by a grant from the China Scholarship Council, a non-profit affiliated with the Ministry of Education in Beijing. Xu has published several books and her work has been exhibited widely in China.

“I’m very happy Penn State gave me the chance to show my art,” she said. “The school is very friendly.”

In addition to the work of her students, the exhibit showcases the works of Xu, which not only include previous pieces but new American landscapes. Her paintings are done with traditional Chinese materials such as silk and rice paper and often employ the use of vivid colors.

The art gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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