William Paterson University, New Jersey (WPUNJ), Professor and the Head of the Printmaking Program. 1994-Present.
Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Director, 2009-Present.
Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Chairman of the Board, 2017-Present.
Work selected for the Fourth National Exhibition, and invited to Beijing for visiting the exhibition, 1974.
Creative Art Workshop of Rudong County Culture Center. First left back row is Director Kang Ping of the Center, 1973-1976
Learning to make slides with Mr. Ding Jie at the Culture Center, 1976.
Village elders sending me off to college, 1977.
MFA. Printmaking, Indiana University (I.U.), Bloomington, 1989-1994.
MFA. Chinese Painting, Nanjing Arts Institute (N.A.I.), Nanjing, China, 1983-1986.
BFA. Chinese Painting, N.A.I, Nanjing, China, 1977-1980.
Bencha Joiner and Senior Middle School, Nantong, China, 1967-1972.
Bencha Primary School, Nantong, China, 1961-1967.
College classmates Mr. Cui Xiong, Mr. Zhao Jianmin, etc.,1978
With Professor Shen Tao, my graduate advisor at Jiuzhaigou, 1984
Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Director, 2009-Present.
WPUNJ Summer Art in China—Program Director, Since 2001.
William Paterson University, New Jersey (WPUNJ), Professor and Head of the Printmaking Program. 1994-Present.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Instructor of Chinese Art, 1989-1994.
Nanjing Arts Institute, Professor of Chinese Art, 1980-1988.
Other Academic Experience
Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Chairman of the Board, 2017-Present.
New York Art Gallery of Chinese Art, Academic committee Chairman, 2017-Present.
Member of Academic Committee, Zijin Academy of Culture & Creativity. 2017.5-Present.
Distinguished Professor, Sanjiang College， 2017.2-Present.
Chinese-American Art Faculty Association, Chair, 2013.11-2017.11
Distinguished Professor, Guizhou Minzu University, 2013.6-Present.
China Taipei National Arts University, 2005-2007
Distinguished Professor, Anhui University, 2005.6 -2011
Bergen Museum of Art and Science, NJ. Board of Trustees, 1998- 2000
Distinguished Professor, Nanjing Arts Institute, 1996.6-2012
The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (PCNJ), Board of Directors and Exhibition Committee, 1995-2002.
Qinghai Province Museum, China. Art Consultant, 1993-1997.
Asian Art Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Consultant and Project Coordinator, The National Endowment for the Humanities Project: "Mosaic of Asian Culture: Art from Qinghai Province, China." 1992-1994.
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL. Guest Artist, Summer, 1992.
Rudong County Arts Center, Residency Artist, 1973-1976.
After leaving China, first time inviting to home friend and Director Robinson of Asian Section of the Indianapolis Art Museum, 1993.
Picture taken after passing my thesis defense, 1986
With Professor Ge Liangyan, a good friend, planning my first art exhibition in America, 1989.
1991-1994, recipient of Irving and Lena Lo "ILLO" Scholarship
Coming to US with financial support from Professors Ya Ming and Chen Dayu, 1988. Picture taken with Master Ya in 2001.
Recipient of Irving and Lena Lo "ILLO" Scholarship, 1991-1994.
In a lecture series on Chinese art at Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.
With Printmaking Professor Rudy Pozzatti at Indiana University, 1992.
With Dr. Robinson, led a delegation of Indianapolis Museum of Art on a research tour of Qinghai Province, China, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1993.
Passing the oral defense for the MFA Degree in printmaking at Indiana University, 1993.
First solo exhibit at Elizabeth Wang Gallery, NYC, 1995.
Honors and Awards
Ta Chun Hsu, Chair of the Starr Foundation and Mulai Zhuo, NYC financier, came to William Paterson University （WPUNJ）to see my solo exhibit,1996.
The Gold prize, Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition, Homnicen Art Museum, Guiyang, China, 08/2016.
Gold Award, for Catalog Summer Art in China 2015, William Paterson University by the 31th Annual Educational Advertising, Higher Education Marking Report, GA, 2016.
Ground Award, The 2nd Overseas Chinese Calligraphy and Fine Arts Exhibition by Joint Committee on Culture of China, Beijing, China, 2014.
Chinese Cultural Ambassador Award, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, 2012.
Gold Award, for Catalog of Summer Art in China 2011, WPUNJ, the 27th Annual Educational Advertising, Higher Education Marking Report, GA, 2012.
Ground Award, Summer Art in China Program for the 24th Annual Award for Publication Excellence Competition by Communications Concepts, VI, 2012.
Silver Awards, WPUNJ Summer Art in China 2011 Catalog by 49th Annual Award Show, ADCNJ, The Place for Creative Professionals, NJ 2012.
Nominated, Fulbright Lecturing Award in Taiwan for 2008-09 Academic by Council for International Exchange of Scholars. November 26, 2007.
List on WPUNJ Faculty Excellence, 2005.
Artist- in- residency Fellowship, East- West Center, Honolulu, HI, Spring, 2002.
The New Jersey Printmaking Fellows for 2001. Rutgers University.
Best of Show, Contemporary Prints Exhibition, Seton Hall University, NJ, 1999.
The grant for the project: "Developing a Chinese Art Studio Curriculum at WPUNJ," China and Inner Asia Council, the Association for Asian Studies, 1996.
Best in Show, Imaging New Jersey, The Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 1995.
American Chinese Scholar Traveling Grant, Yixian Culture Education Foundation, 1995.
Irving and Lena Lo Scholarship, International Programs, I.U. 1990-1994.
The First- Place Award, The American States Arts Competition --1993 Exhibition, Indianapolis.
The Middle West Doctoral Scholarship, Yixian Culture Education Foundation, 1993.C.V. Starr Scholarship, International Programs, I.U.,1990.
Outstanding Works Award, National Committee of the International Youth Year, Beijing, 1985.
Liu Haisu Scholarship, N.A.I., 1984.
Led a delegation of New Jersey to visit Nanjing Art Institute, my Alma mater, 1996.
Vice Governor Wang Min, President Feng Jianqin, and Mr. Wen Xiaoming from Nanjing Art Institute met with Dr. Arnold Speert, President of WPUNJ, 2000.
Director and Board member of The East-West Center at Cong's solo exhibit, 2002.
Mr. Zhang Yishang, Chinese ambassador to the United Nations and Ms.Yue-Sai Kan at the opening ceremony of Cong's solo exhibit, 2002.
Organized Summer Art program in China to visit Nanjing Art Institute, 2005
Went back to China to visit Professor Chen Dayu, my beloved advisor, 1998.
The Opening Ceremony of the Art Exhibition of WPUNJ in Nanjing, attended by Dr. Einreinhofer, Professor Magistro from WPUNJ, 1998.
Making a speech at the Opening Ceremony of my solo exhibit at the United Nations Headquarters, NYC, 2002.
Touring NJ with Chen Jian, Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Zhang Yishan, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the PRC to the UN, and other diplomats, financiers and entrepreneurs, 2003.
With Yao Zhiping, a good friend, in a meeting with high school teachers and classmates, 2005.
With Dr. George McCloud, Vice President of Youngstown State University, to organize a solo exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art. 2006.
Giving an art class to art teachers of New Jersey middle and high schools, 2006.
Organized a tour of the United States for the Chinese folk music ensemble of Nanjing Arts Institute, 2008.
At the opening ceremony of my solo exhibit at the Nantong Art Museum, 2008.
Organized a visiting by William Paterson University Jazz Studies program to Nanjing and Hangzhou, 2008.
With Mr. Li Jinhua, a famous alum and Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, 2008.
With Ms. Elizabeth B. Wang, Chair of the New York Chinese Cultural Foundation, to organize an art exhibition at Citibank, 2009.
Revisited Indiana University with Professor Susan Nelson and Dr. B.J. Irvine. 2006
Giving a research seminar at Taipei National University of the Arts, 2006.
Organized Summer Arts in China Program, 2008.
With teachers and friends at the opening ceremony, 2008.
With my high school teachers, Xu Su, Zhu Jinyu and Zhang Yingxing, during 80 anniversary celebration, 2008.
Daughter Lin Cong graduating from Duke University, 2009.
With Margaret Lam and David Yen, funders of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University (CCART at WPUNJ), 2009.
With Mr. Lusheng Chen, Deputy Director at the National Museum of China, who came to visit my printmaking studio, 2010.
Visiting Professor Qi Fengge, Dean of School of Art of Shenzhen University, 2010.
Movie stars, Sun Haiying and Lu Liping, giving a speech at the 1st anniversary of the CCART at WPUNJ, 2010.
Director Kang Rong etc., from Nantong Institute of Chinese Painting, came to WPUNJ for a visiting and art exhibition, 2010.
With Dr. Huang Yizhi for a joint art exhibit at Rutgers University, 2010.
Yang Xiaoyang, President of China National Academy of Painting, giving a lecture to students of the Summer Arts in China Program, 2011.
Recipient of the Chinese Cultural Ambassador Award, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, 2012.
Inviting Professors Sun Jingbo, Zhou Zhiyu and Wang Yuping from Central Academy of Fine Arts for an exchange program and exhibition, 2011
Invited Mr. Qiao Shiguang, master of Chinese lacquer painting, to visit the United States, 2012.
Paid a visit to Professors Guang Jun and Dai Daquan for organizing an art exhibition in the United States, 2012.
Mr. Luo Guirong, Chen Chao and Zhao Qiang, Chinese Representatives at the forum on Chinese printmaking during the 2013 SGCI at Wisconsin University.
Main Group Exhibitions
Paid a visit to the Party Secretary of Rudong County and Teacher Pan Zonghe and others, 2013.
Paid a visit to the famous printmakers Mr. Cheng Mian and Chen Chao, 2013.
Paid a visit to master artist Mr. Chen Jialing, 2013.
Invited Mr. Wang Huangsheng, Director of the Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts to visit the United States, 2013.
Organized a reception for a forum of the Chinese American Art Faculty Association, 2013.
Mr. Ding Zhipeng, Ding Shenzhan and family came to visit William Patterson University and made a donation to CCART, 2014.
At opening ceremony of the CCART at WPUNJ, 2010.
With my printmaking assistants at the art exhibition, 2010.
Chinese painting demonstration at the anniversary of the CCART, 2010.
Organized an exchange program and art exhibition of the graduate students fromTaipei National University of the Arts, 2010.
Printmaking demo at Central Academy of Fine Arts of China, 2011.
Visiting an art gallery in Beijing, 2011.
Mr. and Mrs. Liu Yong paid a visiting to Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University and made a donation to the Center for Chinese Art, 2011.
President Yang Xiaoyang of China National Academy of Painting led a delegation of Chinese artists to visited the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, 2012.
Wu Weishan, Director of the National Art Museum of China visited William Patterson University, 2012.
Students and their works in my etching class, 2012.
Organized an art exhibition from Liu Haisu Art Museum to came to William Paterson University, 2013.
At the opening ceremony of the art exhibit of Professor Feng Jianqin in Suzhou, 2013.
Led by printmaking artist Mr. Luo Guirong to study Rock paintings of Helan Mountain, 2013.
Giving a lecture to students from Princeton at Beijing Normal University, 2013.
Organized a forum of the Chinese American Art Faculty Association, 2013.
Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University，visited Cong’s solo exhibition, 2013.
Organized Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation. President Waldron presenting Ms. Ching Yiu etc., with the Certificates of Appointment as Honorary Directors of CCART, 2014.
At opening ceremony of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, 2014.
Mr. and Mrs. Rong Kemin, Chair of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation came to visit WPUNJ, 2014.
"Across the Pacific: Face to Face with Masters", Professor Liu Qinghe gave a lecture at WPUNJ, 2014.
Organized an art exhibition and a forum for the Chinese American Art Faculty Association, 2014.
Mr. and Mrs. Li Andong came to visit William Paterson University, 2014.
Celebration of Chinese New Year with Mr. Ruikai Zhu, the President of Contemporary Culture & Arts foundation, USA and his family and friends. 2015.
Photo with VIP guests at the opening ceremony of the National Museum, China, 2015.
Organized an exhibition of Chinese watercolor painting at the Consulate General of the PRC in New York , 2014.
President Tang Jianrong, Dean Wang Jianshan and Director Zeng Li of Guizhou Nationalities University came to visit WPUNJ, 2014.
"Across the Pacific: Face to Face with Masters", president Pan Gongkai gave a lecture at the forum of the Chinese American Art Faculty Association, 2014.
Honored guests of Chinese American Art Faculty Association at the opening ceremonyof the New York art exhibition, 2014.
With Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall at Harvard Club art show, 2014.
Summer art in China, 2015.
Jiangsu contemporary Gongbi artist visited the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, 2015.
Visiting Guizhou Artists Association, 2016.
Giving speech at the opening ceremony of Chinese American Art Faculty Symposium and Exhibition, 2016.
Ceremony of Mr. Lp-Wing Kong's donation to The Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, 2017.
Giving speech at the Jiangsu Development Summit, 2017.
Planning and preparing Chinese American Art Faculty Symposium and Exhibition with Mr. and Mrs. Jianshan Wang, president of Guizhou Minzu University, 2016.
Chinese and American artists visited ancient castle in Ningxia, 2016.
Attending the Jiangsu Development Summit, 2017.
Visiting Shanghai art master Mr. Jialing Chen, 2017.
Hosting the symposium of “Ink Painting from the East”, welcomed China National Academy of Painting delegation, 2017.
Delegation of Shandong Tengzhou Museum of Han Carved Stones, China visited New York and New Jersey for exhibition and exchange programs, 2017.
William Paterson University President Dr. Kathleen Waldron hosted a welcome banquet for the Center for Chinese Art’s honorary Chairman Zhipeng Ding and his family, 2018.
Hosting the Grand Opening of the New York Gallery of Chinese Art and the art opening of “Ink Painting from the East Exhibition”, 2017.
Inviting hyper-realistic artist Jun Leng visited William Paterson University for exchange program, 2018.
Photo of Honorary Directors of The Center for Chinese Art at the William Paterson University, May 21st 2018.
A Gathering of Face to Face with the Performing Troupe of Chinese Folk Dancing Drama Princess Zhaojun，Jiaxin Wang (as Princess Zhaojun) interacted with the audience, 2019
President Helldobler and Deputy Consul General Qian Jin, Consulate General of PRC in NYC with VIP at the dinner in March 3, 2019.
Dr. Richard J. Helldobler, President of William Paterson University, Mr. Ping Huang, Consul General, Consulate General of the China in New York with VIP are at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Center for Chinese Art at WPU, 2020.
President Helldobler presented gifts, Professor Cong’s exhibition album at the National Museum of China to the Chinese performers on behalf of William Paterson University, 2019.
To celebrated the 10th anniversary of CCART, Shanghai William China Art Foundation and Professor Zhiyuan Cong presented a special gift to William Paterson University and Consulate General of China in New York, 2020.
Artistic Development in Cross-Cultural Context: The Fourth Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium and Exhibition, 2020.
The crew of “National Beauty” Chinese Oriental Song and Dance Troupe visited William Paterson University，2020.
The crew of “National Beauty” Chinese Oriental Song and Dance Troupe visited Center for Chinese at William Paterson University, 2020.