Kennesaw State launches new artist residency program

Dean Joseph Meeks of the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts recently announced the…

Georgia (Mar 7, 2003) — Kennesaw State launches new artist residency program

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Dean Joseph Meeks of the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts recently announced the creation of the Invitational Artist−in−Residence Series at a reception honoring Kennesaw resident Zhen−Huan Lu‚ who has been selected for the first residency. The reception was co−sponsored by Dean Yipping Wan of the Bagwell College of Education at KSU.

During his residency‚ Lu will share his insights with Kennesaw State art majors. He is one of a handful of artists represented by the prestigious Armand Hammer Gallery in New York City. Already a highly acclaimed painter before he came to America‚ Lu brought with him excellent credentials from Shanghai Theatre College‚ where he not only received his degree but also taught painting and scene design. When he came to America‚ he left behind work in the China National Art Museum in Beijing and began to focus on American scenery and ideas. His work has been collected and shown in exhibitions throughout around the world.

Last year‚ President and Mrs. George W. Bush‚ who had become familiar with his work through a friend‚ personally selected Lu to create the image for the 2002 White House Christmas card. He was the first Chinese−American to be thus honored. The President presented a copy of the painting to Chinese President Jiang Zemin during his state visit to Washington last fall.

Lu‚ who is married to KSU Associate Professor of Theater Ming Chen‚ is a longtime friend of the School of the Arts. He has often assisted with theatrical sets and costumes. A few years ago‚ the School highlighted the couple's artistic partnership with a joint exhibition called "Side by Side."

At the reception‚ Lu offered many of his original paintings and prints for sale with proceeds benefiting the School. Nearly 40 individual pieces‚ ranging in price from $25 to $7‚000 were purchased. As the first Invitational Artist−in−Residence‚ Lu will work closely with KSU art majors. He will teach them how to stay true to their art and still be able to sell it. He will stress the importance of representation and teach them how to find a gallery to represent them. They will be able to ask him the questions about pricing‚ selling‚ exhibiting‚ marketing and promotion they will encounter as they venture out as professional artists.

"The most important aspect of the residency will be to create a mentoring relationship between the artist and our students‚" Dean Meeks said. "We want these students to gain understanding about how to survive‚ thrive and succeed as artists in the real world as Lu has done."

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Kennesaw State University‚ a comprehensive‚ residential institution with at growing student population of 15‚ 600 from 118 countries‚ offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the fifth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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