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05/30/2018.Wenzao Life Education Week Kicks Off with Leland Lee Solo Exhibition

發布日期 2018-05-30 11:42:00

 


 

Wenzao Life Education Week kicks off with Leland Lee Solo Exhibition.

Photo by Qing-Hong Yan

 

May 30, 2018

【Press release provided by the Office of Public Relations】

 

     

  The Life Education Week of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages starts on May 25th. Leland Lee, a talented artist, is invited to hold a solo exhibition with his paintings and 3D artworks in Wenzao. Films and speeches regarding life education will also be provided during Life Education Week to raise awareness of life education among students and faculty in order to respect an individual’s values and dignity, leading to the creation of a friendly learning environment. The opening ceremony of Leland Lee’s exhibition takes place on the 16th floor of Zhishan Hall on May 24th to kick off the Life Education Week.
 
  Born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA, Leland Lee was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. He demonstrated an exceptional talent for painting at 4 years old. By the age of 9, Lee was identified as an artistically gifted child and nominated for Los Angeles Top 100 Outstanding Young Persons in the following year. His first exhibition was held when he was 12 years old. Lee was awarded as Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan in 2013. His artworks were exhibited in Taiwan, China, Europe, USA and Canada. He met the pope on behalf of Taiwan on November 22, 2014, and presented the painting, Pope Francis, to the pope. Leland Lee is truly the pride of Taiwan.
 
  With the theme of Always Happy, highly creative Lee presents over 60 pieces of artwork, including 3 9-meter paintings. Several pieces of porcelain and painted luggage are also displayed. The highlight of the exhibition is AR technology. It provides immediate 3D imaging with a special application for some paintings to bring vividness. Lee’s mother, Jing-Hui Jian, grandmother, relatives and friends were present at the opening ceremony. Director Yuan-Shun Chang of the Education and Public Section under the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Curator Shian-Kai Peng of the Chiayi Cultural and Creative Industries Park, and representatives from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages: President Shieu-Ming Chou, Vice President for Administrative Affairs Li-Yen Chen, Vice President for International Affairs Samuel C.Y. Ku, emeritus professor Fidelis Wang, Sr. Ellen Mary Elizabeth Mylod, Director Hua-Ying Hsu of the Board, third President Angela Chen, executives, faculty and students also attended the opening ceremony to support this special event.

 

  Wenzao Popular Jazz Piano Club beautifully played Flower Dance at the opening ceremony of Leland Lee Solo Exhibition during the Life Education Week. President Shieu-Ming Chou said, “Lee’s world can be explored through his artwork that is full of color and freestyle lines, and he communicates with the world by art. A Cross, LOVE, heart and cute animals are often found in his artwork. You can feel God’s love and grace from his artwork. We are very honored to organize the exhibition.”

 

  President Chou explained, “Lee’s birthday is on May 29th and his mother always “gives” something to the world for him on his birthday. Lee turns 29 years old this year, and we are grateful that Lee and his family “give” Wenzao the chance to hold the exhibition.” In Lee’s speech, he briefly mentioned his hobbies and belief that “with God all things are possible”. Lee’s mother, Jing-Hui Jian, thanked Wenzao for organizing the exhibition and hoped that everyone can always stay in a good mood.
 
  President Chou awarded a certificate of appreciation and gave a gift to Leland Lee and his family for their support of the exhibition. Lee played the guitar and sang poetry in 3 languages, Chinese, Taiwanese and English, to express his gratitude to God who guided him to overcome life’s challenges. Rather than giving up, Lee broke through physical barriers to become a successful artist. Attendees were moved by his story.
 
  Due to language learning obstacles, Lee can only use simple English words and sentences for communication. Painting is his tool to interact with the outside world. He utilizes vibrant colors and a bold and unrestrained drawing style to create deeply interesting characters and street scenes for introducing his simple, joyful and flourishing world. Not following chromatics and color theory, he boldly uses colors, including pink, red, orange, fresh green, bright yellow and sapphire blue, to create abundant colorful pieces with a golden or other bright base color and black bold lines. His confident use of lines, colors and imagination invents a unique artistic language. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the period between May 25th and June 16th, except for weekends. It is held on the 16th floor of Zhishan Hall of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. Appointments are required for faculty or student groups. Please contact Zong-Lai Chen, the manager of Campus Safety, Environmental Protection and Assets Management Section of Office of General Affairs. (Tel: (07) 3426031 Ext. 2261)
 
  In addition, there is a film festival for the Life Education Week. A selection of movies, Happy Birthday, The Letters (Mother Teresa) and Departures will be shown. Professor Xiao-Zhi Sun of the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University and former legislator Yu-Xin Yang are invited to give speeches on the topics of Core Competence of Life Education and Infinity of Love, respectively. Faculty and students are welcome to attend these events.
 
(Table) Life Education Week Schedule

 

Event

Date

Time

Location

Target Audience

Topic

Life Education Film Festival

5/23 (Wed)

9:10~11:00

 Classroom Q002, Qiuzhen Hall

Students and Faculty

Happy Birthday

5/25 (Fri)

14:00~17:00

The Letters (Mother Teresa)

(including an exhibition)

5/25 (Fri)

18:30~21:00

Departures

Lecture

5/29 (Tue)

15:10~17:00

Conference Room Z1307, Zhishan Hall

Faculty

Lecturer: Xiao-Zhi Sun 

Topic: Core Competence of Life Education

5/30 (Wed)

15:00~17:00

Classroom W008, Wenyuan

Faculty

Lecturer: Xiao-Zhi Sun

Topic: Core Competence of Life Education

5/31 (Thu)

15:10~17:00

Classroom W008, Wenyuan

Students and Faculty

Lecturer: Yu-Xin Yang

Topic: Infinity of Love

  

 

 

Wenzao Popular Jazz Piano Club gave a beautiful performance at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. 
Photo by Olivia Hsieh

President Shieu-Ming Chou of Wenzao gave a speech at the opening ceremony. 
Photo by Olivia Hsieh    

President Shieu-Ming Chou (first from the right) awarded a certificate of appreciation to Leland Lee (second from the right),

accompanied by his mother (first from the left), Jing-Hui Jian, and his grandmother (second from the left).

Photo by Qing-Hong Yan

Artist Leland Lee (second from the right) presented an album and a book to President Shieu-Ming Chou (first from the right). 
Photo by Qing-Hong Yan

Artist Leland Lee sang in Chinese, Taiwanese and English. 
Photo by Qing-Hong Yan    

Leland Lee and friendly receptionists
Photo by Olivia Hsieh

 Ms. Yu-Ting Huang of University Archives introduced the artwork. 
Photo by Qing-Hong Yan     

Representatives of the Wenzao Student Union visited the exhibition.
Photo by Olivia Hsieh

Leland Lee’s AR Artwork  
Photo by Qing-Hong Yan    

Leland Lee’s Painted Luggage  
Photo by Qing-Hong Yan