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Asian American Cultural Center Presents

"Drama of Black and White- Pen and Ink Drawings of Hua Nian"


Exhibition will be displayed at the AACC - February 2, 2018 - March 30, 2018

URBANA, IL –Artist Hua Nian will present display her work at the Asian American Cultural Center from Friday, February 2, 2018 to March 31, 2018.  Her exhibition, Drama of Black and White, is a collection of sketches done in pen and ink. The sketches are taken from concerts, plays, and sporting events. Minimalist rather than overly detailed, Hua Nian’s sparing use of lines serves to capture a scene just enough to allow the viewer to expand it using their own imagination.

Hua Nian started out in photography as part of the paparazzi, after teaching photojournalism at a Jinan University for six years. Despite the disapproval of her family, Ms. Nian continued her work as a paparazzo until the birth of her son in 1998. In addition to being a member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters and National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, her work has been shown at both the local and international level. She is currently an exhibiting artist and instructor at her own studio, Hua Nian Art Studio.

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