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The MSV Presents Award-Winning Artist Z. L. Feng

Meet international watercolor artist Z. L. Feng whose work is featured in "Virginia Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition."

Meet international award winning artist and professor of art at Radford University, Z. L. Feng—whose work is featured in Virginia Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition—during this afternoon Q&A session. Moderated by MSV Director of Exhibitions Corwyn Garman. Visit Z. L. Feng's web page.

*FEES: MSV Members and Virginia Watercolor Society Members: free ;all others: $10 (includes MSV admission).  Registration required by October 19; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. Meet in the Museum galleries.


Growing up in Shanghai, Z.L. Feng began painting at age seven and never stopped, experimenting with different mediums, including pastel, oil, and egg tempera, before choosing his favorite, watercolor. “With watercolor you cannot cover your mistakes, so you must know what you are doing,” he says. He finds inspiration for his lovely landscapes in the countryside of the New River Valley: “Usually I go around­­ - to the river, the forest, the lake – to try and find interesting compositions.” Those familiar with Feng’s art are also captivated by his portraits of the people of Tibet, Native Americans of New Mexico, Southern farmers, and others. “Capturing the personality and character is very important, and painting eyes is the most difficult aspect of portraiture,” he says. “I concentrate on serious portraits expressing my subject’s character, their life struggle and their vision. I am still learning and experimenting. My goal is to develop empathy between the viewer and my subject.”

Before coming to the U.S. in 1986, Feng received his BFA degree from Shanghai Teacher’s University and taught in its art department for four years. He completed the MFA degree at Radford University in 1989 where he is currently a Professor of Art. In his homeland of China, Feng exhibited his portraits, landscapes, and illustrations in juried exhibitions. Since coming to the U.S., his work has received acclaim throughout the country, garnering more than 300 state, regional, national, and international awards with many “Best in Show” awards and Gold Medal honors in major U.S. watercolor competitions.

Feng is an artist-signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Pastel Society of America (as master pastelist). His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor 90, Watercolor Highlight, Omni Magazine, Watercolor Magic, and the Chinese National Magazine, China-Watercolor. Additionally, his paintings have been featured in five art books published and distributed worldwide. His work was shown in a broadcast that was aired on the local PBS affiliate station in Harrisonburg, VA. Feng’s biography has been listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S., Who’s Who in American Art, and American Art Directory.

Feng’s artwork can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, including Walt Disney, the U.S. Gulfstream Aerospace Center, and Orlando International Airport as well as the permanent collections of the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, and the Radford University Art Museum. His work is also in private and corporate collections in Singapore and China.

Top: MVP by Z.L. Feng. On view in Virginia Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibition
Inset: Image #: F200518, watercolor, 18X24 by Z.L. Feng.


Corwyn S. Garman is the Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.  He oversees the development and installation of exhibitions in the MSV Galleries and the Glen Burnie Drawing Room.  Since the Museum opened in 2005, Garman has generated 31 special exhibitions at the MSV. In 2012, he launched the Art in the Halls program, which partners with Valley artists and arts organization to provide free contemporary art shows on the first floor of the Museum.  Mr. Garman serves the City of Winchester as vice-chairman of the Old Town Development Board.  He is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.


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Sat, Oct 21 • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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