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January 25, 2009

Artist Statement & Flipbook by Shonit Jain

Artist Statement

For You & Yourself by Them

I consistently find myself exploring techniques in self-discovery or self-graduation, and our ability to communicate only our true thoughts whether they are verbal or nonverbal specifically with the eye and facial expression or emotion. My work will put people in situation of real life and consistently make the audience judge each personality being explored. During this exploration the audience will see these personalities get stripped of their stereotypes, leaving them judging only the truth.
I hope my work motivates my audience towards self discovery and truth within them selves.

Here is my FlipBook - My First Ever Flipbook

Hopefully this will tell you more about yourself.

Media Mill Video

January 20, 2009

Anne Jin Soo Preston

Anne Jin Soo Preston
Consortium for the Study of the Asias

Consortium for the Study of the Asias
Institute for Global Studies
Room 214 SocSci
267 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

危机 Weiji notes

The idea of Weiji came from a meeting several people from the University of Minnesota had with faculty from the Beijing Film Academy. The meeting, held in the Department of Art, was called to discuss ideas for upcoming travel, exchanges and exhibitions. We were speaking about the state of the world, how the economic crisis has hit is us all, how the world was changing rapidly and that there were so many things to consider at this time in our lives. We started to talk about times of change and moments when change can occur. We also discussed how that same space near crisis can be a place for innovative ideas. This was when I brought up "Spaces of Hope" a book by David Harvey. He talks about chaos and crisis as the time for innovation and hope. I thought it would be a great idea to use a chinese word for the exhibit title. Professor Cheng Qiang, photography faculty from the Beijing Film Academy and his friend He Huang (aka Derek) said there was a chinese word for that which is 危机 Weiji. The translation is not exactly spaces of hope but through discussion we found that the meaning was similar. The exact translation is crisis = danger + opportunity. We discussed how this translation was a very similar concept to what was written about in the book "Spaces of Hope". During crisis the opportunity for change occurs because we are seeking new ideas rather than going along with the status quo. We all agreed that this would be a timely and thought provoking theme for the exhibits coming up.

Present at this meeting were Professor Tang Meng, Professor Cheng Qiang, He Huang, (and another colleague from China whose name I am looking for) Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Jim Henkel, Gary Hallman, Tom Rose.

clwc 2009

危机 Weiji / crisis = danger + opportunity

危机 Weiji / crisis = danger + opportunity
student collaborators exhibit

Opening May 21 4:30-7:00

May 21 - June 18 2009

Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art
405 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

January 16, 2009

cheryl wilgren clyne cv and artist statement

cheryl wilgren clyne



artist statement


Colin McFadden


Colin McFadden, CLA Media Specialist in Beijing, China.

Sonja Peterson


Technology expert and MFA candidate Sonja Peterson in Beijing.

A field trip to Chambers


Students visiting Chambers Luxury Art Hotel and Burnet Art Gallery and participating in a private tour with Art Director, Jennifer Phelps.

more images below




危机 Weiji project

January 15, 2009

what is BEIJING Now ARTS 5490 什么是北京现在艺术5490

Beijing Now!!

Department of Art workshop ARTS 5490
Minneapolis + Beijing students collaborate

contact: cheryl wilgren clyne / clyne003@umn.edu


Beijing Now: preparation for artistic collaboration, a new course at the University of Minnesota taught by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne

The Beijing Film Academy in China (one of the most prestigious film and art schools in Asia) and Department of Art at the University of Minnesota are in the initial stages of developing a program that embraces the exchange of ideas, art and people across continents. The seeds of the “Beijing Now” program led by Thomas Rose, Professor of Art; started in 2006 when faculty from China and Minnesota each made informal visits to each other’s institutions. Without significant obstacle, both schools became engaged in what would be the beginning of a relationship based in art and education. What makes this program interesting to both partners is the idea of a multipurpose international exchange. In a world that is continually changing, it is more important than ever to think globally. This project is rich with benefits for both faculty and students from Minnesota and China.

Several collaborative international art exhibits have occurred since the initial meetings in 2006. These have primarily been the result of personal visits to each institution by students and faculty in face-to-face encounters. One of the most successful of these exhibits, why you belong, took place in Minneapolis in 2008. Seventy-five artists submitted nearly four hundred images in an open call for work that was juried by Jennifer Phelps, Art Director of Chambers Luxury Art Hotel. Twenty-eight photographic art works by students and faculty from both institutions were selected and presented at the Burnet Art Gallery.

The idea for the why you belong project came from research Cheryl Wilgren Clyne produced while participating in an international photography exhibit with the Beijing Film Academy in Anji, China. During her investigation she found themes of identity resonating with artists from both countries. She brought this study to Jennifer Phelps at Chambers, who endorsed the project. Wilgren Clyne became the exhibit organizer and co-curator. The exhibit also traveled to the University of Minnesota, Quarter Gallery for a second showing in August 2008. This occurred while twenty dignitaries from the Beijing Film Academy were visiting for training and to coordinate aspects of the program.

The success of why you belong has helped to initiate new projects and create a more sustainable program foundation. The value of showing art from both countries, side-by-side, was something that was new to the program. Visual and conceptual associations and relationships that surfaced were not obvious until this work was shown in this context.

Both groups would like to travel more frequently, however, budgetary limitations remain an issue. It has become clear that technology will continue to play a huge role in how the exchanges are created and developed. The state of the economy has also engendered the importance of continually developing new ideas and ways to connect the groups. One solution, created by the team of Colin McFadden, College of Liberal Arts Media Specialist; Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Adjunct Faculty of Art; Jenny Schmid, Assistant Professor of Art; and Sonja Peterson, MFA Candidate and Art Information Technology Professional; has been to create a “digital bridge” where large digital files, photography, video, animation and sound can be shared more easily online.

In addition, Cheryl Wilgren Clyne has proposed, developed, and is now teaching a course titled ARTS 5490: Beijing Now where art students from the University of Minnesota are exchanging ideas with art students from the Beijing Film Academy. The idea came out of her desire to share the exchanges in a more generous manner with students. She states, “I wanted to find a way to connect people in both places so that students would be able to experience some of the same opportunities that I had as a MFA candidate. Once I communicated this idea to people from Beijing and Minneapolis, I found that students on both ends were extremely interested in getting this process started.”

It was necessary for the Beijing Now program to implement a way to collaborate without travel. Through Wilgren Clyne’s classroom instruction in technology, the use of email, blogs, Skype (video conferencing), Facebook, instant and text messaging, digital video, sound, and other means, the conversations have been engaged between student artists. Dialogue has produced both challenging and rewarding results. By introducing multiple methods of communication, each collaborator is able to find the best way to disparate ideas for their joint project.

Early in the course, students are given the means to better understand how to develop these exchanges. One example would be the informal lectures and discussions with visiting experts such as, international artist and Dawei Xu, Professor New Media, Beijing Film Academy; Tang Meng, Professor Cinematography, Beijing Film Academy; Jason McGrath, Assistant Professor Asian Languages and Literature; and Dr. Jennifer Wu Dunn, formerly the Assistant Director, International Programs, The China Center. These meetings have helped to increase awareness of cultural differences and similarities and to keep the students abreast of current practices and trends in the art world.

Students are asked to work toward a sustainable artistic relationship with a student artist from China. Throughout the course, critique and discussions assist the students to realize the hurdles and realities of a successful project. Some of the students have already completed visually and conceptually compelling collaborations that are ready to be seen in a gallery setting.

Creating a long lasting artistic relationship for each student artist is a goal. After the class has ended students will be able to build on the collaboration they created with an artist who lives across the world.

Now in its second semester, ARTS 5490: Beijing Now has continued to maintain these ideas: To create and learn through communicating, enhanced by technology, ideas surrounding the arts, building a relationship between two individual artists toward collaboration, while keeping the idea of a global world in mind.

Next phases planned for this course:

Several exhibit possibilities to present the collaborations are being considered in both Beijing and Minnesota. To document the artists and projects, students are creating a catalog that has been partially funded by a grant from the Consortium for the Study of the Asias. In order to allow all interested students to participate, a student group Beijing Now: Chinese Art and Collaboration, has been started. This group will insure that students unable to take the course will still have access to some of the open calls for work and other opportunities. Several online resources for presentation and critique of the art and projects have been created doubling as an archive of the process.


Student artists from Bejijng and Minneapolis exchanging ideas toward collaboration and exhibition through the use of technology, (Media Mill, Uthink blogs, Skype, Facebook, email, digital video, sound, animation,
Twitter, IM, You Tube, and others) in a course developed and taught by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne clyne003@umn.edu

Mike Ballard, Cao Chang, Broc Blegen, Chen Pingping, Jessica Teckemeyer, Zhan Xiao Dan, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Tang Xuan, Warsam Osman, Zhang JiaQing,Rhett Roberts, Wang Yan Shu Areca Roe, WEN Min, Chad Rutter, Tony Liu, Ross Yates, Shi Pengfei, David Brian Dobbs, Joanna Harmon, Jonathan Ludwig, Laura Dammer Hess, Lydia Schlicht, Mary Beth Huttlin, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Shonit Jain and more.

thank you to everyone

thank you to everyone that has helped to make this course possible....

The Beijing Film Academy, Sonja Peterson, Professor Tang Meng, Professor Cheng Qiang, Professor Dawei Xui, Professor Su, Professor Song Jing, Professor Jenny, Professor Song Cong, Dr. Jennifer Wu Dunn, Colin McFadden, Laura Cervin, Gary Ludwitzke, Jason McGrath, Jenny Schmid, Dept. of Art, Bejing Exchange Program, Layla Nereson, Evonne Lindberg, Robin Schwartzman, Evelyn Davidheiser, Anne Jin Soo Preston, Consortium for the Studies of the Asias, China Center, Dr. Yongwei Zhang, Joan Brzezinski, OIP, Institute for Global Studies, CLA OIT, Jude Higdon, Jen Mein, Adam Mielke, Sarah Knoblauch, Diane Willow, Ali Momeni, Karen Haselman, Tom Rose, Clarence Morgan, Toby Sisson and if I have forgotten anyone at all please know that I really appreciate the vast amount of help and resources that I have received with this project. I hope I remembered most everyone.

And the students of course:
Mike Ballard, Cao Chang, Broc Blegen, Chen Pingping, Jessica Teckemeyer, Zhan Xiao Dan, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Tang Xuan, Warsam Osman, Zhang JiaQing, Rhett Roberts, Wang Yan Shu Areca Roe, WEN Min, Chad Rutter, Srijon Chowdhury, Tony Liu, Ross Yates, Shi Pengfei, David Brian Dobbs, Joanna Harmon, Jonathan Ludwig, Laura Dammer Hess, Lydia Schlicht, Mary Beth Huttlin, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Shonit Jain, Juana Berrio and many more students to be added along the way....

best wishes to all,


Shonit Jain


Meena Mangalvedhekar



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