November 8, 2018 through January 28, 2019
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Wenzhi Zhang, ceramicist, sculptor, lacquer artist, and author is a Professor at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts where she is the head of the Ceramics Department and founder of the ceramics workshop and studio. She is also a Distinguished Professor supervising Masters and Ph.D. candidates at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. She has been a Professor at Lake Superior College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zhang was awarded a Ph.D. from Seoul National University of Science and Technology and conducted post-doctoral studies at Dongbank Culture Graduate University, Seoul. Her publications include: A Study on Public Art Systems Theory; New Mankind; Contemporary Ceramic Art and Design; The World of Lacquer; Duality: Stoneware and Bronze; Art of Modern Materials; and Clay Class. Zhang's extensive exploration in the fields of lacquer, stoneware, and public art has led to a unique artistic style that has won her numerous international awards including "Outstanding Contribution Award" from the New York City Council in 2016. Her work is in important private collections including that of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Her lacquer and sculpture works are also in renowned public institutions including the National Art Museum of China, the National Gallery of Norway, the National Museum of Malaysia and the Asia Society and Museum of New York. In 2015, the Wenzhi Zhang Sculpture Garden opened to the public at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.