In 1998, Nanjing University (NJU) founded the Sculpture Art Research Center and resumed its art education after half a century’s suspension.
In 2003, NJU established the Academy of Fine Arts on the basis of the Sculpture Art Research Center and increased such majors as Chinese Painting, Oil Painting, and Calligraphy, having seven majors reinforcing each other under this Institute.
In 2005, this Institute became one of the first national institutes enrolling students learning to acquire master’s degrees in fine arts.
Now the academy has three master’s programs in fine arts, religious arts (religious studies), and digital media and public design.The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program includes the following seven research directions: Sculpture, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy and Seal Cutting, Colors, Decoration and Design, Environment Art, Art Theory (History).
The academy currently has 176 master’s candidates (63 full-time and 113 part-time), and it has granted the MFA degree to 286 graduates over the past 17 years. Some of these graduates became winners at important national-level exhibitions of art, some became decision makers and managers at various art organizations and relevant departments, and most of them are now diligent workers devoted to various forms of arts. They are symbols of the success of the institute and living promotions of the institute.
While at the academy, the graduate students made many achievements:13 national-level awards; over 60 works exhibited at nationwide exhibitions held by the China Artists Association and the China Calligraphers Association; one work put on exhibition at the “Fine Arts Creations on Main Themes of National History;” over 600 papers and paintings in publicity.
In addition, the academy is often awarded at the national MFA education steering committee for its outstanding graduate student education. At the First Exhibition of Works by MFA Students held in Beijing, the academy had the third greatest number of works being selected for the exhibition, next only to China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University. At the art exhibitions of Jiangsu universities held by the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, the academy often has the greatest numbers of art works by full-time graduates being selected into and awarded at the exhibition.
Faculty & Works
Wu Weishan is an internationally renowned contemporary sculptor of China. His works show his great attachment to culture and profound love for humans. Currently, he holds the following positions:
Curator of the National Art Museum of China
Vice chair person of the Chinese Artists Association
President of the China Academy of Sculpture of Chinese National Academy of Arts
Professor of Nanjing University
Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (FRBS)
Member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, UK
Honorary Ph.D. in philosophy at Inje University
Honorary academician of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Professor Wu Weishan is well cultivated and makes plenty achievements in such aspects as painting, calligraphy and art theory. For two decades, he has been regarding as his mission exploring and digging into traditional Chinese culture in order to carry forward and to pass on the culture. He has been for a long time devoted to the integrating and expressing of the spirit of Chinese culture in the creation of Chinese sculptures. He has created several hundreds of sculptures of historical figures and held international exhibitions of sculpture works which are now housed permanently in the National Art Museum of China and many other important museums over twenty some countries and regions. Thus he is acclaimed as the “sculptor for sculpting the age.”
Professor Wu Weishan initiated the Chinese modern expressive sculpture by putting up the idea of “Expressive Sculpture” and “Theory of Eight Major Styles of Traditional Chinese Sculpture”, These theories give a comprehensive summary of the fine tradition of Chinese sculpture and leads the development of the creation of modern Chinese sculpture. The expressive sculpture has become an important symbol of modern Chinese culture.
In 2003, his sculpture “Sleeping Child” won the Pangolin Award of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, UK, the first time an Asian sculptor won such an award.
In 2009, he won “New China Urban Sculpture Achievement Award,” the highest award in urban sculpture over 60 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, for his sculptures “Lao Tzu: Harmony between Nature and Man” and “the large-size group sculptures in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders.”
In 2011, he won the first “China Arts Award,” a special honor in Chinese literary and art circles.
In 2012, he won the Louvre International Art Exhibition Gold Medal for Sculpture for his bronze work “Lao Tzu – Harmony between Nature and Man,” the first time an Oriental artist won such a prize over the 122 years of this exhibition.
The Nanjing Museum hosts a permanent gallery called “The Cultural Celebrity Sculptures by Wu Weishan.” Pusan, South Korea, has a “Wu Weishan Sculpture Park.”
Wu Weishan is widely admired for his extensive humanities knowledge and excellent art skills. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once said, “Mr. Wu Weishan’s sculptures embody not only the soul of China, but also that of all humanity.”
From 1996 to this day, Wu Weishan held many exhibitions in Europe, America, Japan and South Korea.
In September 2012, “Casting the Soul with a Literary Heart: An International Touring Exhibition of the Art of Wu Weishan – Special Exhibition at the United Nations” was held at the UN headquarters.
In November 2012, “Casting the Soul with a Literary Heart: An International Touring Exhibition of the Art of Wu Weishan – Exhibitionin Italy” was held at the National Museum of the Palazzo Venezia of Italy.
Many of his works have been stored at such famous museums as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the National Roman Museum, and well-known universities.
Wu Weishan has visited France several times and has grown profound feelings for French culture. He advocates that in creating sculptures one should integrate the quintessence of both Chinese and western arts. He puts up the cultural concept of “expressive sculpture,” which has become a leading thought in the creation of modern Chinese sculptors.
Sculpture Works Appreciation
“Sleeping Child”, bronze, by Wu Weishan in 2003
Selected into the Annual Exhibition ofthe Royal British Society of Sculptors
Won the Pangolin Award
“Confucius”, bronze, nine meters high by Wu Weishan
Exhibited at the National Museum of China
“Lao Tzu – Harmony between the Nature and the Man”, bronze, 18 meters high by Wu Weishan in 2005
Exhibited at the Bochi Hill, Huai’an, Jiangsu
“Qi Baishi, Master of between Likeness and Unlikeness”, bronze, by Wu Weishan in 2004
Stored in the National Art Museum of China
Professor, MFA supervisor, and deputy dean of the Institute of Fine Arts at Nanjing University
Member of the Chinese Artists Association
President of the Sculptors Association of Jiangsu Province
Board member of the Artists Association of Jiangsu Province
Vice president of the Chinese Painting Institute of Jiangsu Province
Special research fellow of the Academy of Culture and Arts of Jiangsu Province
Special research fellow of Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute
Vice president of Nanjing Artists Association
Nie Weigu has long been engaged in the reformation of traditional Chinese painting and has created his own artistic painting style of “color writing” through integrating the brushing of the Chinese running hand with the color of western oil painting, and of image-expressing with abstract construction. By that way, he has depicted the grandeur of nature resulting from the harmony between the heaven and the earth, and the brilliant landscape of glorious history of humanity.
He participated in the Beijing International Art Biennale in 2008 and 2012.
"World View: Nie Weigu’s Chinese Painting Show” was held at the National Art Museum of China by the Chinese Artists Association in 2015.
"World View: Nie Weigu’s Chinese Painting Show” was held at the National Ukrainian Academy of Arts jointly by the National Ukrainian Academy of Arts, the Ukrainian National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, and the National Museum of Taras Schechenko in 2016.
Feng Yu, female, is a professor and Ph.D. supervisor at the Institute of Fine Arts. Currently, she holds the following positions:
Director of the Decoration & Design Teaching and Research Office of the Institute of Fine Arts;
Member of the National MFA Education Steering Committee, the Ministry of Education;
Member of the Art & Design Professional Committee;
Member of the Chinese Artists Association;
Board member of the Literary and Artistic Critics Association of Jiangsu Province;
Academic Pioneer in the new media art discipline.
Research interest: modern art history, history of art education, art design and Buddhist art
“Beauty is the Expression of Freedom” and “Interpretation of the Nature and Function of Art in the Age of Vicissitude”
Fang Xiaozhuang is currently an associate professor of the Institute of Fine Arts and gives lectures on such topics as “Chinese art documents and paper writing,” “Appreciation of traditional Chinese calligraphy and paintings,” “Research on methods of artistic creation,” and “Skills of calligraphy and seal cutting.” His research focuses on the history of calligraphy, painting and seal cutting in dynasties spanning from Song to Qing, and on the appraisal of ancient Chinese calligraphy and paintings and ancient books.