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Release: Sept. 22, 1999

Renowned Chinese calligrapher to demonstrate his art at UI Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Shen Peng, a renowned calligrapher and noted artist from mainland China, will visit the University of Iowa to present a calligraphy demonstration and lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. His presentation, which is being sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, is free and open to the public and will take place in the Lasansky Room at the UI Museum of Art.

A distinguished calligrapher, Shen is regarded as a living national treasure in China, said Hualing Engle, a UI professor emerita who helped to arrange Shen's visit to the UI. Shen is an expert at running hand, regular script and official script and is also known for his critical evaluations of traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

Shen, the current chairman of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, has published more than ten books, including, "On Calligraphy and Painting" and "Shen Peng's Selected Calligraphy." More information about Shen is available on the Web at

Brush calligraphy is an art unique to Asian cultures. It is regarded as the most abstract and sublime form of art in Chinese culture and is often thought to be revealing of one's personality. In contrast to Western calligraphy, inkblots and dry brush strokes are viewed as a natural expression rather than an artistic blemish. More information about Chinese calligraphy is available on the Web at

Seating for Shen's demonstration is limited to about 70, so those who plan to attend are advised to arrive early. For more information about Shen's visit to the UI, contact the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at (319) 335-1305.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Museum of Art in advance at (319) 335-1727.