Asian/Asian American Art Project

Journey of Dreams, a painting celebrating Asian/Asian American cultures, was commissioned by the Asian/Asian American Art Project Committee and the former Friends of the Office of Multicultural Programs (Advisory Council), now the ALANA Student Center Advisory Council. Lin Xia Jiang, Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at Buffalo State College, was commissioned to produce the artwork for this project. Mr. Jiang created the piece, an oil painting on canvas, in collaboration with one of his former students, Justin W. Dahl.

Lin Xia Jiang is Coordinator of the Painting and Drawing Program of the Fine Arts Department at Buffalo State College, where he also served as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department for five years. Educated in both China and the United States, Professor Jiang has exhibited his paintings and drawings regionally, nationally, and internationally. His paintings are in numerous private, cooperative, and public collections which include those of Rantrack Cooperation, Seattle; Oregon State University; the State University of New York at Potsdam; Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo; Buffalo State College; and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Justin W. Dahl is currently the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Fellowship for the Fine Arts Department at Radford University, Virginia, where he is also the Facilitator for the Service Learning Department. Mr. Dahl received his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College. He is presently serving on the committee for the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, while completing his Master of Fine Arts at Radford University.

Journey of Dreams was unveiled Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at a reception ceremony in Canisius’ Grupp Fireside Lounge. Speeches were given by the artist, Lin Xia Jiang; U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott; LeRoi C. Johnson, Esq.’71, Chair of the former Friends of the Office of Multicultural Programs, now ALANA Student Center, and member of Canisius’ Board of Trustees; Jessica Blum, Reference Librarian II/Library; and many others.

Student committee leaders for the project included Mike Slish ’11, student assistant for the ALANA Student Center; Ms. Maria Eugenio ’12, President, Asian/Asian American Society and Friends; Xin Yuan ’09; and Juan Parker III ’12. Rev. Thomas Colgan, S.J., from the Office of Campus Ministry, served as project advisor and Sababu Norris, Director of ALANA Student Center, served as administrative assistant. Dr. Kristin Stapleton, Director of Asian Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, also served on the committee. 

The painting is permanently displayed in the College’s Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. This piece will join previously commissioned works, Con el Mismo Ritmo produced by Agustin Rolando Rojas which reflects elements of Latino/a American culture; From One Dance, Creation, produced by Canisius Professor Eric Gansworth, which reflects elements of Native American Culture; and a portrait of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was produced by Buffalo artist, William Y. Cooper.