1980-1981

Nina Corazzo joins the Department to teach modern art. Hsu Wen-chin joins the Department to teach Chinese art, making for a teaching staff of 4. With all three year groups now being taught for the first time, the total enrollment for undergraduate courses reaches 74. The Department organizes the exhibition, “Paintings by Pau Siu Yau”, in the Fung Ping Shan Museum.

1981-1982

Chuang Shen goes on leave for one year, swapping positions with Chou Ju-hsi, from Arizona State University, who joins the Department for one year and serves as its Head. Two students lead a field trip to China. The Department organizes two exhibition, “Contemporary Currents in American Art” and “Proverbs: Yip Po Hoi”, in the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Karen Wong leaves the Department at the end of the academic year.

1982-1983

Chuang Shan returns to the Department, which also welcomes Shih Hsio-yen, who joins the Department as Chair Professor and Head. The teaching staff now comprises 5 full-time teachers. The Slide Library gains as experienced librarian as its Resources Officer in Sydney Fung. Shih-Hsioyen leads a field trip to Japan. Hsu Wen-chin leaves at the end of the academic year, as does our Clerk, Kitty.

1983-1984

Molly Ho is hired to teach Japanese and Buddhist art, and Kathryn Heleniak is hired for one year to replace Carolyn and Nina Corazzo, each taking leave for one semester. Maria Cheng becomes the new Clerk. With space tight in the Fung Ping Shan Building, with the move taking place in the second semester. The Slide Library, technician’s office and darkroom are housed in a subdivided MB238, with MB240 reserved as a large space for studio work and art exhibitions.

With its unfilled 6th position, the Department begins a small-scale studio programme staffed by part-time teachers, to complement its mission of art history teaching with some hands-on studio experience. Molly Ho leads a field trip along the Silk Road. The Department organizes the exhibition, “Modern Sculpture from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch”, in the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Alan Lui leaves the Department at the end of the academic year.

>> Prof. Shih, Dr. Nina Corazzo and Mrs. Mary Bloch at the “Modern Sculpture from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch” exhibition. 

1984-1985

Tommy Cheung joins the Department as its new Technician. Chuang Shan leads a field trip to Taiwan. The Department organizes the exhibition, “Canadian Painter: Alex Colville”, in the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Molly Ho leaves the Department at the end of the first semester, and Clara Wong leaves at the end of the academic year.

<< Prof. Shih and guests at the “Canadian Painter: Alex Colville” opening. 

1985-1986

Richard Stanley-Baker joins the Department to teach Japanese and Buddhist art. Betty Kwong becomes the new Department Secretary, but leaves after one year. Grace Wong joins the Department as Demonstrator. Richard Stanley-Baker leads a field trip to Japan. Regular art exhibition of local artists begin to be held, with the Department organizing the exhibition, “Choi Yan Chi’s Painting 1976-1986 and Works of Art in Dialogue with Poetry and Dance”, “Painted Spaces: Chan Wing Kei”, and “Esquisse mélodique: Dominique L.T. Lui” in MB240. The Department also organizes “The Drawn Image: Facsimile Drawings from the Albertina Collection of Graphic Art, Vienna”, in the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Nina Corazzo leaves the Department at the end of the first semester.

>> Guests at the “Painted Spaces: Chan Wing Kei” exhibition.

1986-1987

David Clarke joins the Department as the modern art specialist. Sylvia Cheng becomes the new Department Secretary. David Clarke leads a field trip to Italy. The Department organizes the exhibition, “Nancy Chu-Woo: Drawings and Paintings of Human Figures” in MB240, and “Chinese and Korean Sutra Manuscripts” in the Fung Ping Shan Museum.

<< The opening of the “Chinese and Korean Sutra Manuscripts” exhibition.

1987-1988

With Chuang Shen on leave for the academic year, Harold Mok is appointed as his replacement. The Department organizes three exhibitions in MB240: “Art for Art ‘Sick’: Exhibition of Ricky Yeung”, “Ink Painting by Liew Come Tong” and “David Hockney/ Wallace Stevens/ Pablo Picasso”. The total enrolment for all undergraduate courses is still modest, this year reaching 60. Chuang Shen then retires at the end of the academic year. Maria Cheng also leaves the Department.

>> The exhibition set-up of “Ink Painting by Liew Come Tong” at MB240.

1988-1989

Shih Hsio-yen resigns at the end of the first semester as Head after 6 and a half years, staying on in the Department as Chair Professor. Carolyn Muir is appointed as Head. Frankie Kum becomes the new Department Clerk. Shih Hsio-yen leads a field trip to Japan. The Department organizes three exhibitions in MB240: “Janet Echelman. Recent Works from the Bali Studio: Acrylic Paint and Colour-dye on Canvas”, “A Sense of Place: Exhibition of Recent Works by Chan Chi-ling and Wong Wo-bik”, and “Intaglio Prints by Wong Chi Tim, Joseph”. Harold Mok leaves the Department at the end of the academic year, as do Sylvia Cheng and Tommy Cheung.

<< Ms. Janet Echelman at the “Recent Works from the Bali Studio: Acrylic Paint and Colour-dye on Canvas” exhibition.

1989-1990

Wan Qingli joins the Department to teach Chinese art. Sharon Li becomes the new Department Secretary and Edwin Leung joins as the new Technician. The Department organizes two exhibitions in the Fung Ping Shan Museum: “An Exhibition of Huang Po Chan/ Obaku Zen Calligraphy and Painting” and  “Acrylic-Batik-Crayon Paintings by Janet Echelamn”, as well as two exhibitions in MB240: “An Exhibition of Works by Chan Wan Yiu” and “Life and Freedom: Sculpture by Norman W.M.Ko”. Frankie Kum leaves the Department. 

>> Dr. Muir, Lady Wilson and Mr. Norman Ko at the  “Life and Freedom: Sculpture by Norman W.M.Ko” exhibition.