Skip to main content

The College Remembers Charles Chu Saturday, April 18

The College community will gather at 2:30 p.m. on April 18 to celebrate the life and art of Charles Chu, professor emeritus of Chinese.

The memorial in Harkness Chapel will be followed by a reception in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room at Shain Library.

Chu, a master calligrapher and painter, came to Connecticut College in 1965 to establish and direct the Chinese program. He also was the founding curator of the College's Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection.

Chu retired in 1984 but remained a beloved – and active – member of the College community. He died last fall at the age of 90.

Two associated exhibits of Chu's work, both curated by Qiang Ning, the Chu-Niblack associate professor of art history and the current curator of the Chu-Griffis collection, are currently on display in the Chu Room and at the Lyman Allyn Art Musuem.

You can also visit Chu's Web site,

The College is gathering alumni memories of Chu for possible inclusion online or in CC:Connecticut College Magazine. To share your thoughts, please e-mail

Watch the next issue of the magazine for a feature about the influence of Chu's artistic style on a local photographer.

February 10, 2009