Hidden on both sides of the expansive lobby to the Creative Arts Center, are two pairs of massive porcelain vases and cylinders, depicting the long history of the various Chinese dynasties that have existed, all in a striking off white and blue color that is unique to Chinese porcelain. The vases were acquired in 2012 during a
regional symposium held at the Museum Education Center, which all dates back to
a twenty-three year exchange program with the Chinese town that invented
porcelain over 1000 years ago, Jingdezhen. A former student who started an
import export business donated one pair, and the other pair was purchased. As a
pair, these pairs tell a folk history of the Spring and Autumn period in China,
a time where mystical heroes rise again, as well as depicting the heroes of
Daoism. In China, these pairs are used in entryways in banks and various
buildings in order to create a welcoming presence. The striking cobalt blue was
overlaid onto the porcelain using a rice paper transfer, where the drawings are
placed on rice paper, soaked in water and then placed on the porcelain to dry.
These majestic pieces will hopefully welcome visitors to the Creative Arts
Center for years to come.
The CAC also houses the Paula and Laura Mesaros Galleries which host rotating contemporary art exhibitions.