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Reception: Liu Shiming: Descending the Mountain Together

Lamar Dodd School of Art
Margie E. West Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art

The Dodd Galleries at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Liu Shiming Art Foundation from New York City invite you to celebrate the current exhibition Liu Shiming: Descending the Mountain Together in our Margie E. West Gallery this Thursday January 26 from 4 to 6 pm. The exhibition will remain on view until February 3, 2023.

Guests will enjoy food and refreshments, a poetry reading by doctoral student in languages and literacy education Yixuan Wang, and remarks by distinguished members of the university and the foundation. Furthermore, the occasion will mark the public dedication of the Lamar Dodd School of Art's first Liu Shiming scholarship award. 

Liu Shiming (1926-2010) was a member of the first generation of sculptors to graduate from China's prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts. Grounding his work in a local context, Shiming developed a folk art style within the Chinese tradition. He emulated ancient figurine making of the Han dynasty while paying homage to ordinary life he observed in Henan and Hebei provinces in Northern and Central China. In 2018, the Central Academy of Fine Arts established the Liu Shiming Sculpture Museum, which is dedicated to researching and investigating Shiming's artworks and their art historical meaning.

Descending the Mountain Together, a mini-retrospective of the work of Liu Shiming, includes twenty-three sculptures in wood, bronze and ceramic, all on loan from the Liu Shiming Art Foundation. The exhibition inaugurates the annual Liu Shiming award, which is given to a graduate student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art working in sculpture, ceramics or three-dimensional art and design.

For more information, please see this website or contact Francis Oliver, Lamar Dodd School of Art Communications Manager, at

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