A shodo scroll

A shodo scroll

Learn about Japanese calligraphy at exhibit, workshops

The campus and community are invited to view contemporary Japanese calligraphy, attend a demonstration of the ancient art, and even try their hand at it in the next few weeks. A special exhibition called “Shodo: The Way of Writing” will be on view in the McFall Center Gallery beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 26) through March 18.

Comprising 50 scrolls of calligraphy in three styles, the show is the only one in the region and comes to BGSU through the generosity of the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit and the International Culture Promotion Foundation of the Shodo Journal Research Institute. Akiko Kawano Jones, faculty member in Japanese and co-director of the Asian Studies Program, arranged for the campus exhibition and related events.

As part of the exhibit, two of the artists will give a free demonstration from 5-6 p.m. March 17 in McFall Assembly Room, showing the active movement of Japanese calligraphy. A reception will follow.

On March 18, two free workshops will be held, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m. in the same space. A limited number of calligraphy sets will be available at a reduced price, Jones said. No artistic or calligraphic experience is needed, but reservations are required. Contact Jones at 2-7136 or

Campus sponsors of the exhibit and events are the Asian Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Executive Vice President and the Japanese Club.

February 25, 2008