SPOKANE, Wash. – Zhang Guanghui, a printmaker from China, will be at Gonzaga University this week as the Kreielsheimer Visiting Artist. He will present a workshop for students daily from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 9-12, and a free public lecture and reception from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Jundt Auditorium of the Jundt Art Museum.
This marks the artist’s second visit to Gonzaga. Gonzaga Art Professor Mary Farrell has twice been a visiting artist and professor to Guanghui’s institute, the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Wuhan, China – most recently in December 2012. Guanghui will return again in fall 2014 when he is scheduled to have a large show of his work in the Jundt Art Museum. He has donated a beautiful book about his work to the Special Collections in Gonzaga’s Foley Center Library.
The Gonzaga art department invited Guanghui as a visiting artist in 2007 when he gave a workshop for students, and offered a public lecture about the ancient Chu culture from his region of China and a small show of his work. He also donated a large and impressive woodcut print to the Jundt Art Museum’s print collection.
In 2008, Farrell went to the Hubei Institute as a visiting professor and also had a show of her work, taught a weeklong class and gave a lecture. Guanghui invited Farrell back to China this past December when she again taught a class, presented a show and lectured about her work.
“The Kreielsheimer Visiting Artist Endowment has been an incredible opportunity for our students to meet and learn from accomplished artists,” Farrell said. “Zhang is giving a workshop where the students learn to make woodcuts using his technique. He is also available to look at their artwork and for them to experience an artist from another culture. This is very much in keeping with Gonzaga’s commitment to global initiatives.”
For more information, please contact Laurie Hitchcock at (509) 313- 6686 or via e-mail.