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 8th Beijing International Art Biennale officially opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, curated by University of the Arts. 

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

Hundreds gathered for the private opening of the Biennale, and and more than a million visitors were expected to attend over the event's 20-day run. 

“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 television networks in China, including Beijing TV and China Central TV (CCTV), which together reach more than 500 million viewers across China.

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

The American Special Exhibition showcased UArts’ 142-year legacy of arts leadership and spotlighted the University’s mission of advancing human creativity. Twenty-one artworks by 10 teaching artists and alumni of the University were presented. The artworks spoke to the unique culture of creativity education that the University instills in its students. Teaching artists and alumni included:

  • 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.