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March 28, 2006

Renowned Calligrapher Harrison Xinshi Tu To Lecture At UI March 30

Harrison Xinshi Tu, who teaches Chinese calligraphy at Colorado College and Naropa University in Colorado, will present a lecture on "The Art of Chinese Calligraphy" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Resource Center at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

A reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the US Bank on the corner of Washington and Dubuque streets in downtown Iowa City will kick off an exhibit featuring the calligraphy of Tu and Ramon Lim, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus of the UI Department of Neurology. The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, May 12.

Both the Thursday lecture and Friday reception are free and open to the public and will feature book-signing sessions. Tu's visit is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS).

Tu is president of Rocky Mountain Area Chinese Calligraphy Association, honorary chair of Chinese-Japanese-Korean Calligrapher & Painter's Coalition, and editor-in-chief of the Chinese American Post, which is based in Denver. He has received numerous awards for calligraphy and he exhibits widely in China, Korea and Japan. His work is collected by several American museums.

He is author of two art books: "The Wisdom and Art of Chinese Calligraphy" and "A Calligrapher's Yi Jing", the latter blending calligraphy with the ancient symbols in "The Book of Changes". A third book, "The Beauty of Life", exploring the interaction of calligraphy and the human figure, is currently in press.

Lim's work has been exhibited in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Currently vice president of Rocky Mountain Area Chinese Calligraphy Association, he was a winner in the 8th International Calligraphy Competition held in 2005 in Shanghai. His work is represented by Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City.

For more information, contact Rebecca Kessler, CAPS program assistant, at 319-335-0159, or, or Ramon Lim at 354-7640 or

CAPS, which was established in 1986 with a major gift from the E & M Charities of Muscatine, anchors the Asian studies complex at the UI and is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research, teaching and service.

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