Reception for Chinese photo exhibit planned

The School of Fine Arts & Design at Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus will have a final reception tonight for its current photography exhibit.

“Jiangsu to Tibet: The Summer Trek of Jiang Wei,” with photography by Jiang Wei, opened with a Jan. 20 reception and continues through Sunday.

It includes a collection of photos taken during the summer of 2014, when Jiang ventured from Wuxi, China, in the eastern part of the country, through southern and western China to various areas of Tibet. The trip covered more than 5,000 miles.

Jiang is the assistant director of the School of Culture & Creativity at the Wuxi Professional & Technical College, the sister college of Ivy Tech.

Since January, Jiang has been visiting Columbus with three other faculty members as part of the college faculty exchange program. That group, however, will leave Columbus on Thursday morning.

The four faculty members were part of the third faculty exchange between Ivy Tech and Wuxi Professional & Technical College.

Those exchanges, which started in 2012, have helped the two colleges develop a relationship that is evolving to start offering student exchanges as well.

Prints of Jiang Wei’s photos — which explore the vibrancy, culture, terraces, people and customs of China — will be available with signatures in various sizes and with or without frames.

Proceeds from sales will go to the Ivy Tech Foundation and will be specifically donated to help fund the Ivy Tech/Wuxi Student Exchange Program that’s currently being set up.

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What: “Jiangsu to Tibet: The Summer Trek of Jiang Wei,” with photography by Jiang Wei

Where: Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus

Final reception: Gallery reception is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Gallery of Fine Arts & Design at Ivy Tech Columbus, in Poling Hall, 4475 Central Ave.