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Sculpture, Professor
Art
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
Shencheng Xu has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and completed over a dozen outdoor monumental sculptures both in United States and in China. He uses a variety of media and techniques in his works, both traditional and contemporary. His works were published in “Sculpture” and several other art periodicals.
Courses Taught 
Studio Experiences: Sculpture
Three Dimensional Design
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Sculpture IV
Research Interests 
Shencheng Xu’s current work is focused in combining human forms with other organic forms to express the relationship between nature and man. He is developing a language of forms that can be used in various combinations to create visual stories. These forms are the key components of his sculptural installations. The forms he chosen is integral to the concepts. His work considers the differences between East and West as well as the differences between traditional and contemporary art.
Education 

M.F.A.  2001, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

B.F.A.   1993, Sculpture Department, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China.

Selected Publications 

The Recollection of Ten Public Sculptures”, Inkspil LLC, August, 2014

Sculpture, “The Annual Chicago Public Sculpture Exhibit”, October, Washington, DC, 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014

Sculpture and Installation by Shencheng Xu 1997-2007”, Jiaxuan Art Publisher, Shenyang, China, 2007

New Chinese Occidentalism”, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, 2006 

Sculpture, “2004 Annual Sculpture Exhibit”, July 2004

RE-DO CHINA”, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, 2003

The 50th Anniversary of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts – Sculpture”, China Light Industrial Press, Beijing, China, 2002

Sculpture, “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards”, October 2001

The Washington Post, “An Entertaining Four Show”, August 17, 2001

Sculpture and Paintings by Shencheng Xu 1987-1997 ”, Hong Kong Asia Communication Publisher, Hong Kong, 1997

Selected Exhibitions 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Shencheng Xu Retrospective”, Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Garden of Eden”, Gallery Uno, Chicago, IL 

“Little Life”, Corrosive Gallery, Chicago, IL

Wonderland”, Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, IL

“Connection”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD

 

Selected Public Sculptures:

Sky”, 758 W. Belden, Chicago, IL

Gourd Man”, 2650 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Cloud”, 3730 N. Southport, Chicago, IL

Fly”, Ann Sather Park, Chicago, IL

Happy Family”, the Healing Garden at Ronan Park, Chicago, IL

Dream Seeker”, Wisconsin/Mohawk, Chicago, IL

A Song of Joy”, Avoca West Elementary School, Glenview, IL

Free As A Cicada”, Blaine School, Chicago, IL

Gourd Man”, Village Green Park, Skokie, IL

A Song of Joy”, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Shu”, 2008 Beijing Chinese Biennial, Chinese Base, Beijing, China

Our City”, East of Murphy’s Bleachers, Chicago, IL

Row Your Boat”, Barry and inner Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL  

Catch Up”, In Front of the St. Michael Church, Chicago, IL

Gourd Man”, Outdoors Sites on Chicago River Front, Chicago, IL

Ever Alert”, Elm Place School, Highland Park, IL

Gourd Man”, Dickens/Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL

Happy Family”, Outdoors Sites on Chicago River Front, Chicago, IL

Happy Family”, Halsted/Lincoln - Children’s Memorial, Chicago, IL

Background 

Shencheng Xu received his MFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2001. The same year, he received the “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” from International Sculpture Center. His BFA in Sculpture was received from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China in 1993. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. He completed over a dozen out-door monumental sculptures both in United States and in China. He uses variety media and techniques in his works, both traditional and contemporary. His works were published in “Sculpture” and several other art periodicals.

Additional Information 

"I believe the educator’s role is to bring his/her knowledge and sense of responsibility to the students, to help students define problems, and then to help them solve these problems. The responsible teacher helps to further develop student’s own individual character and also encourages creativity, confidence, and respect.

Being an artist and an art professor have become parallel lines in my life. This is a career I love and it’s worthy of engaging my entire life."
 

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