TROY - Qin Bailan, an artist named in 2005 as one of China's "Ten Major Art Masters," will visit Troy University next week for a pair of exhibitions.
Bailan's visit, made possible by TROY's Confucius Institute, will feature free exhibitions and receptions in the studio gallery of the Johnson Center for the Arts, 301 E. Walnut St. in Troy, and at the Rosa Parks Museum on the University's Montgomery Campus.
The Johnson Center exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2. A reception for the artist will be held at 10 a.m. on March 2.
Bailan's art will be available for viewing at the Rosa Parks Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 4-8. A reception will be held at the museum at 10 a.m. on March 4.
"We are pleased to have Qin Bailan, such an accomplished Chinese artist, come to Troy University," said Dr. Iris Xu, Director of the Confucius Institute. "Her work provides beautiful depictions of women and children in Chinese history, and she is highly acclaimed as an artist in China, as well as throughout the international community."
Qin Bailan developed her love of art during her childhood. At the age of 18, an illness resulted paralysis of her legs, but it didn't quell her passion for painting. In the past 40 years, she has created thousands of paintings of women and children from Chinese history, and her artwork has been featured in exhibitions in more than 50 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, Japan and South Korea.
She is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Chinese Artists Association. Bailan served as a deputy to the National People's Congress and was a representative to the United Nations' World Conference on Women.
During her visit, Bailan will also lecture on art and Chinese history and provide painting workshops for students.
Established in 2007, the Confucius Institute at Troy University promotes understanding of Chinese language and culture and is the only such institute in Alabama with a statewide mission. The Institute also serves an economic development role and has sponsored 18 trips to China for state business leaders, government officials, teachers and students since 2008. The Institute also partners with schools in Montgomery, Pike Road and the Birmingham area through the Confucius Classrooms program.
In December 2012, TROY's Confucius Institute was one of six in the nation to be recognized with a Confucius Institute of the Year Award.