Gloria Ruff, assistant curator of Valparaiso’s Brauer Museum of Art, noted the diversity in the styles of the works showcased there by faculty and students at China’s Renmin University.
“There’s a variety of works there, and very different than things you would see in this country,” she said. “There are some cartoon, Anime-types in there, and then there are some that focus on the traditional type of Chinese landscape paintings.”
The exhibit with be shown at Brauer's Gallery 1212 and will be celebrated with a reception April 10. Renmin University is located in Beijing. Their school of arts was founded in 1999.
Ruff was first introduced to the University and their school of arts in the spring of 2011, when she met the dean of Renmin's school of arts, who had visited VU. A few months later, Ruff made a trip to China and the university and met members of the school’s art faculty.
The works on display at VU were previously displayed in Arizona State University and were unveiled there last February. The show is made up of 22 works by 11 Renmin students and two of the school’s professors. All are ink on paper drawings and many of them were created on Chinese scrolls.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity for students here to see what students in another country are doing,” Ruff said. “They use ink in a lot of different ways, and (scroll paper) is a much fancier paper … I think that it’s more of a spontaneous way of drawing and using the brush as opposed to planning it out ahead of time. And I think it would be neat for students to see that.”
The exhibit is scheduled to run at Brauer Museum of Art’s Gallery 1212 through May 12.
Brauer Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.