Journey Home, an exhibition of paintings by Washington and Lee Professor Emeritus of Art I-Hsiung Ju, will be on view in Staniar Gallery from October 12 – November 2, 2011. Ju will present an artist’s talk in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall before the exhibition reception on Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Over the twenty years that he was on the faculty at W&L, Ju won numerous awards as an educator and an artist. During his time in Lexington, Ju also established the Art Farm Gallery where he conducted painting workshops and presented art exhibitions from 1975-1999. Since retiring from W&L in 1989, he has developed courses and workshops on Chinese brush painting and regularly lectures on the subject. Ju's teachings have been published in several books and can be seen in a series of lessons available on video.
Journey Home at Staniar Gallery features Ju’s Yangtze River brush painting series and his scroll painting series of Huangshan Mountain. The exhibition highlights Ju’s ability to blend style and technique to produce a form of painting that is simultaneously modern and traditional. According to Ju, "a Chinese artist is not only a painter, but also a poet and a philosopher."
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.