Central Texas College will welcome a new artist to its Killeen campus this week, as it begins an exhibition of his paintings at the college.

The college’s fine arts department will host an artists reception for Hugo Shi, whose current exhibit, “Sky Boats,” is on display in the campus’ Olveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library.

Shi’s work has been shown nationally and internationally. His paintings and drawings are in the collections of organizations such as the National Art Museum of China, the University of Washington, the Boeing Co. and the Martin Museum of Art on the campus of Baylor University.

Shi’s “Sky Boats” exhibition combines reality and fantasy elements, and depicts boats flying through cloudy skies and over snowy mountains.

“By playing with the contrast of colors and values, as well as the dynamic relationship between the boats and their backgrounds, I try to reinforce a logical visual connection between seemingly unrelated components,” Shi said.

Shi received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the China Academy of Art and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington. He has taught at several universities and colleges across the United States.

Shi’s work has won several awards, including the Ridgewood Art Institute Award at the 83rd Grand National Exhibition in New York City, an honorable mention at the American Mosaic Exhibition in New York and a Silver Award for illustrations in the 2006 Case District VIII Communication Awards of the Pacific Northwest. A meet-the-artist reception will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the library’s upper gallery. The exhibition of Shi’s work will continue through Oct. 3.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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