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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 18, 2013

Mixed media artist, calligrapher featured in new art exhibit

"Embrace the Chaos 1," a mixed media collage and painting by John Y. Chang.

"Embrace the Chaos 1," a mixed media collage and painting by John Y. Chang.

The work of mixed media artist, calligrapher and abstract painter John Y. Chang will be showcased in the latest exhibit at Northwest Missouri State University’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

Chang’s exhibit, “Encounters of Space,” will open with a lecture and reception at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Chang, a native of Shanghai, China, who now resides in southern California, expresses the duality of his Chinese and American experiences by juxtaposing traditional and unconventional symbols and images through the application of mixed media. Deconstructed Chinese calligraphy collaged over segments of world history and references to modern pop-culture depict his personal transformation.

Chang’s use of calligraphy contrasts the customary usage of Chinese calligraphy. Where the later has created a conformed expectation of structure and the beauty of brushwork, Chang’s expressive characters allow for a freedom of interpretation.

For more information about Chang and his work, visit

The exhibit, which continues through Friday, March 8, is free and open to the public.

Regular DeLuce Gallery hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information contact Laura Kukkee, associate professor of art, at 660.562.1324 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468