The Genesis and Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Northwest State Community College will host a special exhibition, The Genesis and Art of Chinese Calligraphy, in the NSCC Library April 7-23. The exhibit includes twelve large panels that trace the┬álong evolution of Chinese writing from its origin in ancient times to present day. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library’s regular hours of operation.

The exhibit explains how the characters are constructed syntactically and how their meanings are developed semantically. It puts Chinese writing in global context among other ancient writing systems and also features examples of the different scripts, illustrating the range of historical styles in brush work.

Dr. SuiWah Chan, professor emeritus of the College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University and associate of the Center for Chinese Studies of the University of Michigan, created the exhibit. Professor He BingWu, a contemporary master of calligraphy from Xian, China, was commissioned to curate the display of 23 works of calligraphy.

The NSCC Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a special program featuring a lecture by Dr. SuiWah Chan on Friday, April 10. The program is open to adults 55 plus, and reservations are required.