Harmony and Evolution: An Exhibition of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association

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Harmony and Evolution: An Exhibition of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association showcases the work of art and design faculty from across the country to address the issue of how art and design express cultural integration and creativity. The Chinese-American Art Faculty Association (CAAFA) is a national organization with over 130 members representing art and design in the U.S. and China. This iteration of the CAAFA’s biennial exhibition represents the first time the association has exhibited in the Midwest and draws from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and creativity.


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Two people utilize the interactive component of the Su Axiangs work “Tales,” which contains magnetic “ink.” 2020.

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Installation image of “Harmony and Evolution” in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, February 2020.

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Installation image of “Harmony and Evolution” in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, February 2020.

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Wei Dong speaking at the inaugural tour of “Harmony and Evolution,” February 2020.

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Wei Dong speaking at the inaugural tour of “Harmony and Evolution,” February 2020.

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Installation image of “Harmony and Evolution” in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, February 2020.

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Wei Dong and Sarah Anne Carter unfurl an artwork at the “Harmony and Evolution” opening, February 2020.

Wei Dong speaking to a crowd in a gallery.

Wei Dong speaking at the inaugural tour of “Harmony and Evolution,” February 2020.

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Installation image of “Harmony and Evolution” in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, February 2020.

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Installation image of “Harmony and Evolution” in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, February 2020.

Wei Dong speaking to a crowd in a gallery.

Wei Dong speaking at the inaugural tour of “Harmony and Evolution,” February 2020.

Wei Dong and Sarah Anne Carter speaking in gallery.

Wei Dong and Sarah Anne Carter speak at the opening of “Harmony and Evolution,” February 2020.


“Harmony and Evolution” was originally installed in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and slated to be on view from February 26, 2020 – April 5, 2020. Due to COVID-19 closures, selections from the exhibition were moved online. Online iteration launched in Summer, 2020. Programming supported by the CDMC, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the CAAFA with generous support from the Anonymous Fund . Exhibition was co-curated by Wei Dong, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in Design Studies at SoHE and current Chair of the CAAFA.