ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Confucius Institute at Northern State University will celebrate the Chinese New Year by hosting a community visit by a classical painter from China.
Qin Bailan will visit Aberdeen on Feb. 8-12, presenting lectures and demonstrations for NSU students and the public. Her artwork will be on display in NSU’s Beulah Williams Library, the NSU President’s Gallery in Spafford Hall and the Dacotah Prairie Museum on Main Street.
The public is invited to three events:
Monday, Feb. 8: Opening reception and program, Beulah Williams Library Gallery, 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10: Artist demonstration, Red Rooster Coffee House, 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Artist demonstration and reception, Dacotah Prairie Museum, 5-7 p.m.
For the past 40 years, Qin has created thousands of paintings of women and children from Chinese history, and she has held exhibitions in more than 50 countries around the globe. Most of her work is done on Chinese hanging scrolls.
Qin is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Chinese Artists Association. She was a deputy to the National People's Congress and a representative of the United Nations’ World Conference on Women. In 2005, she was awarded the title of one of “China’s Ten Major Art Masters.”
At age 18, an illness resulted in the paralysis of her legs, and Qin has since required a wheelchair. As well as holding a workshop for students in drawing and painting courses during her visit, Qin will also speak about her disability to NSU’s Psychology of Disabilities class.
Qin’s visit is held in conjunction with Chinese New Year on Feb. 8. It is the first stop of her Midwest and West Coast Confucius Institute tour, sponsored by the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing. NSU is working in partnership with Chinese communities around the state, including the Sioux Falls Chinese Association, which will provide an interpreter.Photos: Bailan (top), Bailan artwork