Since we had arranged a tour of the new Elling Eide Center for our Wellesley Club and Smith Club members, we thought we would invite a Wellesley Art Professor to speak to us and Heping Liu was a perfect fit.  Heping is an Asian art historian and specialist in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty (960-1279) who has taught at Wellesley for almost 20 years. He grew up in China and was among the first college students after Mao's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).  He received a scholarship for advanced studies in the US, initially studying European art at SMU and planning to return to teach in China. Later he studied Asian Art at Berkely and Yale. After the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, Heping and his wife were granted green cards and  are now US citizens.

Since this was Heping's first visit to Florida we wanted to give him a taste of what Sarasota has to offer.  Club Member Dorothy Chao Jenkins '68 who serves on the Ringling Board, graciously arranged a tour of the museum with Director Steven High for Heping and several lucky club officers. Heping especially enjoyed the new and growing Asian Art collection and was impressed with the European collections as well.  Here are some photos from our Thursday afternoon at the museum.

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Professor Heping Liu

outside the entrance

to the Center for

Asian Art

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Heping Liu,

Dorothy Chao Jenkins,

Julia Griffith,

Stephen High (Museum

Director)

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President Allison Opal

with Heping Liu

outside the Chao

Gallery

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Julia, Heping, Dorothy

and Steven with

a contemporary

Asian sculpture

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outside the Center

for Asian Art admiring

the deep green

glazed terra cotta tiles

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A view of Ai Weiwei's

12 monumental

bronze sculptures,

Circle of Animals/

Zodiac Heads.

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Heping talks with

Steven and Dorothy

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Heping is impressed

with the Ca d'Z'an

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He liked our weather too

(after leaving behind

23 inches

of snow in Boston

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Steven treated us to a glass

of wine.  From Left are

Heping, Steven, Allison,

Julia and Dorothy

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At dinner at The Muse.

From Left - Linda Pearce,

Allison, Heping, Dorothy and Julia

   

After spending the night at Julia's house resting from his travels, Heping was ready for the next day's events. Thia involved a our of th e Elling Eide Center at 10 am, followed by Luncheon at  

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Elling Eide Center,

located on 72 acres

of pristine bayfront

in south Sarasota.

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 Designed by architect

Guy Peterson, the

building is a thing of

beauty and a boon

to scholars of Asian Art

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Center Curator

Ann Roddy

welcomed us and

answered a few

questions and

divided us

into two tour groups.

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Professor Liu talks with

Louise Roe about one of the

volumes

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Marsha Roth and a

Smith alum  admire

a painting

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Jane Hansen and a

Smith alum tour with

Ann Roddy

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Studying the history

of the

Eide family and the

Center

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Professor Lui giving

his Powerpoint

Presentation

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Ann Roddy (Curator

at the Eide Center)

with Sarah H

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Diane Mott Davidson

and son Jeffrey

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Dorothy Chao Jenkins

and Heping Liu

   
For more photos of alumnae at various tables, see this album https://sarasota.alum.wellesley.edu/images.html?view_album=21