Chinese brush painter coming to UWMC, Wausau

By UW-Marathon County

The University of Wisconsin Marathon County (UWMC) will welcome Chinese brush painter Henry Li to campus Nov. 7 – 10 for an artist residency.

Li began painting in 1974 in his hometown of Nanjing, China. He majored in archaeology at Nanjing University and became a Fellow of the Center for Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Study in 1983. He obtained a degree in Chinese history at the University of Washington and has taught college-level classes in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy as well as culture and history of China, Japan and Korea. Li became an Internet developer and, in 2007, began teaching traditional Chinese brush painting through his own Internet company,

Throughout the week, Li will spend time with art students from UWMC and Wausau East High School and also with Chinese exchange students in the Wausau School District and at UWMC.

Community members will have several opportunities to interact with Li during his four-day residency:

  • An exhibit spanning Li’s 40 years as an artist will be on display Nov. 7 – 10 at UWMC in the Ahrnsbrak Gallery, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.
  • Li will conduct a workshop on Chinese brush painting at the Center for Visual Arts, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. To register, visit
  • Li will give a presentation about his career, including his transition from traditional brush painting artist to Internet developer, on Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Room 180 on the UWMC campus. This will be the same presentation each time and will be followed by a brush painting demonstration by Li. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Julie Bunczak, UWMC’s Lecture & Fine Arts coordinator, at 715-261-6278 or



Brian Becker