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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. — GPS Faith Community invites the public to a free open house to view the traveling exhibition of the art of He Qi, Christian contemporary artist, and hear Dr. Qi speak about his experiences as a Christian artist from China. The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at GPS Faith Community, 10714 N. Second St., Machesney Park, Ill. Dr. Qi will speak at 5 p.m. and will have signed posters and books available for sale. Light refreshments will be served.
Twenty-three pieces are on display and have been on tour throughout the United States since 2009. The vivid and contemporary art depicts Biblical stories and characters from both the Old Testament and New Testament.
Dr. Qi studied at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing Art Institute in China and Hamburg Art Institute in Germany prior to coming to the United States. He was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn a Ph.D. in religious art after the Cultural Revolution in 1992. He is a member of the China Art Association and a former council member of the Asian Christian Art Association. He received the 20th Century Award for Achievement in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of Religious Art Theory and Christian Art Creation of IBC in Cambridge, U.K. His artwork has been displayed in museums, galleries, universities and churches in many U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, and in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Nanjing, London, Oxford, Geneva and Aachen. Dr. Qi resides in Minnesota.
GPS Faith Community began in 2006, started by the people of Grace Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Loves Park, Ill. After five years of meeting at ShowPlace 14 theaters for Sunday morning worship, the people of GPS moved to their current location on N. Second Street in March 2011.
Posted Dec. 4, 2013