Fine Arts Program
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Nan Liu

Professor, Drawing & Painting

Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center West, Room 204


In 1992, I was admitted to the Oriental Art Department of Nan Kai University and began to study Chinese brush painting. Among my many teachers, I was most influenced by the renowned contemporary Chinese painter Fan Zeng, especially by his use of simple and vigorous brush strokes and dynamic delineation of form. In 1996, I continued my graduate study in Art Education at Capital Normal University in Beijing. In 1999, I came to the United Stated and studied Art Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in pursuit of my Master of Arts degree. In 2002, I began my pursuit of a dual degree that included both a Master of Fine Art degree in painting and a Ph.D. in art education at Florida State University.

As a young emerging artist, I have explored various art forms in recent years, including drawing, watercolor, tempera and oil painting. The subjects range from still life, figures, and landscape. My artworks promote natural and simple artistic expression and nature has consistently served as the main theme in his works in recent years. In my recent paintings, I attempt to create a series of life-sized figurative oil paintings of FAMU students.

My artworks have been exhibited across the United States among public institutes, museums, and galleries. Many of my paintings and drawings were collected by private patrons. I have won several regional and national juried exhibitions and shows. I have given presentations on the subject of Chinese Art, especially Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, across the country among universities, museums, public schools, conferences and symposiums. I had taught art classes for all age-level groups and had worked with young students from kindergarten to high school, college students, and senior citizens.


Florida State University, Art Education, Ph.D., 2009
Florida State University, Painting, M.F.A. 2006
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Art Education, M.A., 2001
Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Art Education, M.A., 1999
Nan Kai University, Tianjin, China, Chinese Painting, B.F.A., 1996


Drawing I, Drawing II, Life Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Mixed Media Painting, Oil Painting, Advanced Workshop


  • Best in Show of Painting, Sumi-e Society of America 53rd Annual Juried Exhibition, 2016
  • Second Place, 27th Art in Gadsden, Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy, Florida, 2015
  • Jerry’s Artarama Award, Sumi-e Society of America 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, 2015
  • Second Place in St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Honors Show, 2014
  • Third Place at Art Center Sarasota’s 2nd Annual Florida Flavor Exhibition, 2014
  • Second Place in Valdosta National all media juried art competition at Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University in Georgia, 2013
  • Best of Show Calligraphy and National Capital Area Chapter Award, Sumi-e Society of America’s 50th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • First Place in Ocala Art Group’s Juried Art Exhibition “A Toast to the Arts-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” at Appleton Museum of Art, 2013
  • Best in Show Award from 24th Art in Gadsden Exhibition, 2012
  • Most Thought Provoking Award, Alexandria Museum of Art’s 25th September Competition Exhibition in Louisiana, 2012
  • Founder’s Award, Sumi-e Society of America’s 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2012
  • Jean Wagner Troemel Award, St. Augustine Art Association’s 3rd Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition, 2012
  • Mario Plescia Award for painting, Florida State University, 2005
  • Faculty Travel Grant, Florida A&M University, Fall 2016, Spring 2015, and Fall 2012
  • Graduate Assistantship, Florida State University, 2002-2008
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1999-2001



Contact Info

1630- 1640 Pinder Street
100 Foster-Tanner Art - East
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3161