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Minnesota Bridge ….. a Cultural Bridge Between East and West

Keep Painting and Get Ready to Take Awards

https://mingchiaosumie.org/lodging-event-schedule/2019 Sumie Society of America

56th Annual Exhibition & Workshops

by Pat Gustafson, Ming Chiao President/SSA Events Chapter Chair

and Mary Gunderson, Planning Committee Member


Keep painting and get ready to take awards at this year’s SSA Exhibition and Events! Get ready to prepare now for a late summer stay in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Ming Chiao Chapter is planning a distinctive experience of East Asia through three days of workshops with two honored teachers, *Hong Zhang and Yuming Zhu and a pre-workshop, docent-guided tour of the noted East Asian Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). In addition, we’ll offer opportunities to visit two public Japanese Gardens as well as the Japanese and the Chinese gardens at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with the added bonus of visiting their dahlia collection in full bloom. Artistry at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, our host facility for workshops and for SSA’s 56th Annual Juried Exhibition, is about 15 minutes from Mall of America, an experience in shopping and entertainment await you.



August 9 to September 20: SSA 56th Annual Juried Exhibition,

Artistry, Bloomington Center for the Arts

September 5: Pre-workshop docent-guided tour, East Asian Collection with brush-painting and calligraphy focus at Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)

September 6: Gallery Exhibition Reception

September 6 to 8: Workshops* with Jurors Yuming Zhu, painting, and Hong Zhang, calligraphy, Artistry, Bloomington Center for the Arts

September 7: Awards Banquet, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington


This year, attendees have the opportunity to learn from two masters. Every workshop attendee will spend 1½ days with each teacher. Juror and Teacher Yuming Zhu calls his work a blend of East meets West artistry. He calls it, “Transism.” He says he paints from his evolving interests including observations on modern life, his love of music and exploring his Chinese heritage and his life in the United States since 1991. Zhu works in oils, pastels and Chinese/Sumi-e watercolors. He lives in Seattle.

Juror and Teacher Hong Zhang creates Chinese calligraphy and Chinese landscape paintings inspired by natures and presented in traditional and in contemporary styles. He carries expertise in such subjects as bamboo plum blossom and various calligraphy scripts. Hong teaches at the University of Minnesota and in his private studio. He’s written three books about learning Chinese calligraphy. His works are on display in corporate offices and personal collections and in his gallery. Hong’s work emphasizes symbolism in Chinese art.


Workshop & Awards Banquet Registration Forms and information: A URL link to registration to download will be provided on the SSA and Ming Chiao Websites next month.


Lodging arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at one of the top ranked hotels in Bloomington, the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, a full service hotel centrally located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and renovated in 2016. The discounted rates are $107 for king, $115 double queens (2) and $137 for executive king with concierge service. All rates are for both single and double occupancy. Rates do not include occupancy tax on 14.525%. Lodging includes complimentary WiFi, parking and complementary shuttle service to/from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Artistry Bloomington Center of the Arts for reception & workshops and also to the Mall of America, other shopping centers and anywhere in a 5-mile radius of the hotel from 6am to 11:30pm. There will be a host room for meeting, greeting and gathering for all registered guests at the hotel.

Lodging Registration can be made via the direct Lodging & Event & Transportation link or by calling reservations department at 844-856-8554 before August 5, 2019. All individuals will be required to guarantee their first night’s guest room and tax with a credit card. Cancellations can be made until 48 hours prior to date of arrival without cancellation charge. 


We look forward to hosting you in September!