Exhibit from South China University of Technology to Open at Daemen

Intersecting Currents:  Creativity and Cross-Cultural Collaboration With South China University of Technology, Opens at Daemen College September 9

 August 16, 2011



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Sparks.  Connectivity.  Ignition.  This flow of energy describes the spirit of an exchange initiated in 2009 between visual arts faculty from Daemen College, and South China University of Technology, of Guangzhou, China. “Intersecting Currents: New York Artists at SCUT,” represented the first collaborative step between the two institutions. This fall’s return exhibit of artwork by students and faculty of South China University of Technology, follows the arrival of Chinese art and graphic design students from SCUT who have been attending Daemen College since fall, 2010.   


“Intersecting Currents” will be the first exhibit for fall, 2011, in Daemen’s Goldman Greenfield Gallery. The exhibit opens September 9 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. “Intersecting Currents” runs through September 30, 2011. It is free and open to the public.


The idea of exchanging artwork internationally was initiated in the fall of 2007, during a visit to SCUT by Daemen administrators. Specific plans for the collaboration went forward during a follow-up meeting, also in China, in March, 2009.   


“Daemen is very pleased to offer this exhibit of work by South China University of Technology artists,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This cultural exchange with the Chinese Academy is a natural way of furthering educational collaboration. It also provides an opportunity for the work of Chinese artists to reach Daemen students, introducing an expanded artistic perspective on both sides. The collaboration is built to endure, selecting art as the communicative medium needed to bridge time, space, and culture.


“This type of exchange is a key aspect of what internationalization is all about in academia, and why Daemen College is a staunch advocate of this form of practical, beyond-the-traditional classroom experience.”


Along with the new avenues for international collaboration that the Daemen-SCUT linkage opens, the process also reveals another level of creative synergy: faculty and student dialogue.  The exhibit is meant to illustrate the connections between generations and individuals. 

                Members of the administrations, faculty, and student bodies of both Daemen College and South China University of Technology feel the nature of “Intersecting Currents” speaks to the depth and breadth of a vital, creative exchange.  The points of intersection, Guangzhou in December, 2009, and Western New York in September, 2011, represent opportunities for boundless artistic growth for two institutions separated by half the globe, but united in similar goals of visual communication and expression.   

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