University of the Arts Curates Special Exhibition at Prestigious Beijing International Art Biennale in China

September 3, 2019

BEIJING – On Friday, August 30, 2019 the Special Exhibition of the United States at the prestigious 8th Beijing International Art Biennale, curated by University of the Arts, officially opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. 

UArts President and CEO David Yager and Vice President Rick Longo have served as curators for the special exhibition, which is the sole representative of the United States at the major international art event.

Hundreds gathered for the private opening of the Biennale, and thousands of visitors have toured the exhibit in just the first three days. 

“It is a great honor for the University of the Arts to be selected to curate the United States pavilion at this global art exhibition,” said Yager. “It’s also an exceptional opportunity to showcase the extraordinary artist/educators from the University of the Arts, and the university’s history of developing creative leaders for over a century.” 

President Yager was interviewed on several national TV networks in China, including Beijing TV and China Central TV (CCTV), garnering millions of views and interest in the exhibit across China.

Since its inception in 2002, the Beijing International Art Biennale has featured more than 4,000 artists from over 100 countries, and hosted more than 1 million visitors. 

The American Special Exhibition showcases UArts’ 142-year legacy of arts leadership and spotlights the University’s mission of advancing human creativity. 21 artworks by 10 teaching artists and alumni of the University are presented. The artworks on display speak to the unique culture of creativity education that the University instills in its students. Teaching artists and alumni include:

  • Mark Campbell ‘74
  • Daniel Clayman 
  • Matt Curtius and Gina Triplett
  • Shawn Faust ‘18
  • Laura Frazure ‘86
  • Michael Grothusen 
  • Mi-Kyoung Lee ‘96
  • Alan Price 
  • Rebecca Sack
  • Loveis Wise ‘18

Watch President Yager's interview with Beijing TV here.