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Hui-Ching Ying Exhibits at Ohio Northern University

Apr 11, 2008
Ohio Northern University's department of art presents a solo exhibition of prints by Hui-Ching Ying titled "Recent Works on Paper." The exhibit will be on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from April 4-27.

Ying's work reflects her concern with humanity's suffering from wars, disasters, disease and loss. She exploits the possibilities of various media, combining painting, drawing, etching, screen-printing and collage. She creates large-scale installations using drawings and prints, producing a space for meditation or communication.

"The best part of being an artist is that it allows one to discover, to examine and to respond to life experiences," said Ying. "We enjoy our routine lives and take them for granted until the day arrives when they are interrupted by illness, death, war or a sudden natural disaster. We learn to nurture and to embrace one another, to cope with the loss of loved ones and to endure obstacles."

Some of Ying's work includes pieces of metallic leaf pasted on paper and silkscreen printing with text selected from several religious books. The prayer texts reside under a drawing of a Zen rock garden, a visual space for meditation. Another installation features a group of boat-shaped, woodcut relief prints. Images of hand gestures symbolize Buddhas mudras of giving, sharing and blessing.

Ying was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her MFA and MA degrees from West Texas A&M University, a BA degree from San Jose State University and a BS degree from Shih Chien College in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently, Ying is an associate professor of printmaking at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon until 5 p.m. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery also is open prior to Freed Center events. For additional information, to schedule a tour or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art at (419) 772-2160 or