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lihuEmeritus Art Professor Li Hu will return  to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus on Feb. 19 to present an exhibition of nearly 50 paintings he has done during the last 25 years.

The entire exhibition Painting by Li Hu: 25 Year Retrospective is open through Feb. 26, but those interested in meeting Hu in person should come to the Allen Priebe Art Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 19 for the artist reception event, which will be held from 6:30 until 8 p.m. the Allen Priebe Art Gallery is located on the first floor in the Arts and Communication Building, 1001 Elmwood Ave., on the UW Oshkosh campus.

Hu paints in a wide range of styles from traditional Chinese seals and calligraphy to more classical oil and watercolor techniques. He was surrounded by art as a young boy and said The Last Judgement by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel cemented his career path as an artist.

“A few years ago I had the good fortune to enroll in an advanced drawing class with Li Hu. His teaching style develops self confidence in students and an awakening of creativity that nurtures exploration,” said Tish Kopish, an adjunct art education instructor at UW Oshkosh.

In 2008, Hu was diagnosed with cancer, which eventually led to his retirement in 2013. Despite this, Hu continued to paint, creating dozens of watercolors inspired by classical music as well as renditions of his own daughter’s musical pursuits. These paintings and  many others will all be featured at the Allen Priebe Art Gallery thought the duration of the exhibition.

At UW Oshkosh, the Allen Priebe Art Gallery gives the campus community and the public a chance to meet visiting artists and view a variety of art exhibitions. Each school year, the gallery hosts six exhibits, which are selected by a board of students.

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