Ai Qiu Hopen, pronounce "I CHEW"
Ai Qiu's sculpture, painting, and poetry are reflections of her meditations on humanity; her affirmations of justice, sympathy and harmony in our world. She refers to her hands working the clay as "countless gestures of prayer.”
American Award Winning Document film about Poet-Sculptor Ai Qiu Hopen :
Book, Beijing Olympic artworks collections
Aiqiu earned her international reputation as professional sculptor by winning the shanghai international sculpture competition, In 2005 selected from a international field 103 professional sculptors by shanghai government and commissioned “Songs of Harmony” with musical fountain for down town Shanghai Harmony park. In 2013 Aiqiu won an open national competition in USA for a major civil right movement monument for foot soldiers , The 1963 Birmingham civil right movement lead by MLK changed America history forced the pass law of 1964 civil right act that outlaw discrimination based on race.
Collections, Not Counting Permanent Public Installations
Ai Qiu bronze sculptures owned by museums, Kansas museum of art in American. More than 150 bronze collected by private collectors all through the world, includes Shanghai Mayor.
Competitively awarded commissions inside USA and China:
2013 Grand prize winner , 2013 national competition US civil right
movement monument for Foot soldiers. This figurative bronze memorial work will be placed in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama.
2012 Nashville civil right movement The Sit-ins finalist
2013 David Gordon foundation Memorial group 4 life size figures
2005Charlie Chaplin for China national sculpture park (Shanghai International Oriental park)
2005 selected from an international field by shanghai government and
commissioned “Songs of Harmony” with musical fountain for down town
Shanghai Harmony park
2005 “Song of Life bronze” , life size , commissioned works Installed
Contemporary Spring Villa, Shanghai, China
2004 “living water“ bronze, two figures co-sculpted with Bill Hopen, Princeton,
2004 “Children and Peace Dove” bronze, life size
(commission) Main Entrance. International Peace Hospital , Shanghai, China
2003 “John William "Blind" Boone” Seated bronze figure 1.25x lifesize
(commission) Blind Boone Memorial Park, Warrensburg, Mo
(competition awarded commission,)
2001 "Three Harts", Bronze, co-sculpted with Bill Hopen,
International commission , Thousand Islands, St Lawrence River,NY/Canada
2000 “Bat in Sunshine” , 12 feet tall Stainless-steel , fountain, light/water
Down town Shanghai Real Estate plaza, China
1999 “History of Ancient Cultures” Ceramic, relief sculpture mural, 6ft x 32 ft
Pudong Market Mall, Shanghai China
Education 1996-1999 ECNU Shanghai University, East China Normal University (Reputed to be the “Columbia of the East”), Academy of Modern Art Design, Four year Graduate major in modern art design
Ai Qiu and Bill Hopen formed Hopen Studio Inc. in 2001 ; Over the past decade they have created and installed more than fourty life size bronze sculptures public art installations both independently and collaboratively through Hopen Studio Inc and AiQiu Art Inc.
Sculptor Ai Qiu Hopen resides in West Virginia, with her husband, sculptor Bill Hopen and their children , since 2000.
Grand Prize winner, The International competition award ceremony
Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William A. Bell
“Thank you for the beautiful and moving design, the spirits of foot soldiers have come alive in your art. …”
Permanent Public Installations Feedback:
“Ai Qiu is a true Artist. I gave her information on the subject I wished to honor with a sculpture and she immersed herself, lived and breathed this history until she came up with the most amazing drawings, poetry, maquette and finally full sized sculpture. She worked with us from a distance (we were in the Midwest and she on the coast), but sent me information constantly, wrote beautiful poetry about the experience, brought the maquette and drawings to me personally, made video and photos of the process and engaged in successful fundraising with us, and simply created the most exciting sculpture for which we could have hoped. I wish she will create artworks for every city in the world.
Note: kids love her artwork, pictures on the park website:
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
“blind” Boone Park Renovation Group, the blind in Blind Boone Park, Warrensburg, Missouri.
“Millions visitors to our facility have enjoyed their work and it has become a signature on Heart Island.”
Robert G. Horr
Thousand Islands Bridge Authority
American award winning documentary film about the artist ,Trailer
Contact information for the artist:
Address: 269 Morrison Ave, Sutton WV 26601,USA .
Tel: 01 304 765 5611(international) (304)765 5611 (inside USA)