Penn State Altoona will exhibit works by Chao Ding from August 18 to October 18. 2

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona will feature artwork by Ivyside Art Show winner Juried Chao Ding, August 18 through October 2, in the Sheetz Gallery at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Ding is a perceptual painter from Beijing. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from Peking University of Technology, he studied painting and drawing at SUNY Buffalo and completed his Masters of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University in 2019. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been permanently collected by the LSU Museum of Art, the Parish Library, and other Louisiana public institutes. His work is represented by Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.

Ding’s work reflects his own life experiences and explores the beauty of lonely, deserted and unusual spaces, he explained.

“My paintings are a diary of things that happened around me. The feeling of loneliness brought by my upbringing has always made me have a sentimental attachment to trashed and non-functional things. When I arrived in the United States, the feeling of displacement drove me to explore abandoned houses, where I gained an inexplicable sense of grounding. I focus on revealing the unusual beauties and poetic meaning of these deserted spaces in my work,” Ding said.

The galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.