Event description

Join the artist and MCD’s Design Council for an exclusive walk-through of the exhibition WANXIN ZHANG: THE LONG JOURNEY.


6 PM Drinks + Design: Explore the exhibition and enjoy signature cocktails and wines

7 PM Welcome: JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director, MCD and Gretchen Wustrack, Board and MCD Design Council Member

Exhibition Remarks

Wanxin Zhang, Artist
Ariel Zaccheo, Exhibition Co-Curator
Catharine Clark Gallery


The Museum of Craft and Design is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs.

The Design Council is a group of businesses strengthening their commitment with local craft and design by supporting the museum.

About the Artist

Wanxin Zhang was born in Changchun, China, and spent his formative years in the 1960’s and 70’s under Mao’s regime. He was part of the first generation to receive a formal art education in college subsequent to the Cultural Revolution in 1976. In 1985 he graduated from the prestigious LuXun Academy of Fine Art with a degree from their sculpture program.

In 1992, after Zhang established his art career as a sculptor in China, he came to the United States to continue his development. Zhang was a recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant
in 2006, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2004.
Zhang’s work has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum (2006), the Fresno Art Museum in California (2007), the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Michigan (2008), and the Arizona State University Museum (2010). His sculptures have also been included in the 22nd UBC Sculpture Biennial in Japan (2007), the Taipei Ceramics Biennial in Taiwan (2008), and the Da Tong City 2nd International Sculpture Biennial in China (2013), amongst other venues.

In 2017, the Asian Art Museum acquired multiple “brick” works from Zhang’s Wall series for the museum’s permanent collection. Also in 2017, Zhang’s work was featured in the inaugural Anren Biennale in China.
Zhang’s sculptures have been included in books such as Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz and his work was highlighted in Clay in Art. His sculpture has been reviewed in major art magazines such as Art in America, Sculpture, and American Ceramics. In 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle selected Zhang’s exhibition at the Richmond Art Center as one of the Top 10 Exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zhang lives and works in San Francisco, California and has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2013.


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