September 4–October 4
The Chinese dragon symbolizes good luck, unity, and strength. Guided by her curiosity, Hua Hua Zhang experiments with Chinese ink, calligraphy, and objects to create Mythical Chinese Dragon, an experimental work that shares her interpretation of Chinese dragons. Exhibition runs through October 4.
Free / Gallery hours
Hua Hua Zhang graduated from The Beijing Academy of Performing Arts and received many awards for performing arts in China. She received a MFA degree in Puppet Art from the School of Fine Arts Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut in 2000. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Visual Expressions.
Hua Hua has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of puppet arts in both Asian tradition puppet art and Western puppet art. She has performed all around the world and received many awards in both China and the US. She remains active in learning new things and creating new artworks. Her experimental puppet art shows have brought a new wave to the puppetry field.
In addition to puppet art, Hua Hua is a multi-disciplinary artist in sculpting, dance and theater. In 2016-2017, she created the installation artwork “Dragon Boat Dream” for Philadelphia International Airport exhibition. In 2013, she opened her fist solo exhibition – “Dream Journeys” presented by Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Her original creations for puppet art performance include “White Nights”, “Dream of Land”, “Butterfly Dreams”, “Reflections”, “Two Hands” collaboration with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, “East Meets West” and “The Bell”.
From early 2000 to the present, She is Solo performer for Japanese character of Koharo for world – famous composer Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre IV: The Gate.
Hua Hua has also an educator. She been invited as a guest artist at Universities, taught at the O’Neill National Puppet Conference and the University of Connecticut. She has also been invited by numerous high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in the United States to design programs for puppet arts in the classroom. Her programs involve creativity and imagination that make her well known in the field of education and beloved by teachers and students.