Dean’s Corner

About the Dean

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Dean, School of Future Design, Beijing Normal University
Director, Future Design Center, Beijing Normal University
Member of Peer-Review Panel Experts of the National Social Science Fund of China
Member of Fine Arts Council, Chinese Museums Association
Council Member, Central Academy of Fine Arts
Honorary Director, Today Art Museum


Gao Peng obtained his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from Central Academy of Fine Arts and University of the Arts London, and completed postdoctoral fellowship in Peking University. He was elected as the president of Outstanding Youths of the World Association with honorary tile of “Outstanding Youth of the World- Artistic Ambassador” in Davos 2015.


Dean’s Welcome

Beijing Normal University School of Future Design is a new school established during the difficult time of a pandemic and is oriented towards future production and lifestyles. This is not the first time we have faced a global pandemic, and almost after each major global pandemic, our culture and technology experienced remarkably changes.

Dating back hundreds of years, Europe, which had just experienced the bubonic plague pandemic, quickly recovered from the plague and soon emerged the great Renaissance, which was a human-centered revival of culture and science rejuvenating the classical world. European culture was profoundly affected and prospered for centuries.

Today, the age seems to push us to the same historical crossroad, as the world enters a future with uncertainties. Both art and science are essentially a search for truth and order, an insight into the mysteries of the universe and the heart of people, and design is an important means of combining art and science. We need to face a post-pandemic era with a new technological civilization, where the design will be newly articulated and comprehended in the future, and many art and design professionals will be reclassified and redefined. With the emergence of new technologies, the world is changing dramatically and people are moving towards a new way of living, featuring diversity, electronics, new languages, new communicative modes and new experiential sense. Future talents are required to actively confront future life by constantly upgrading information technologies by improving life-long learning abilities as well as comprehensive and analyzing abilities of social trends. New technologies have pushed society to a brand-new stage, while solving the problems of the past and creating new contradictions. This poses new challenges for artists and designers, and in this “future” context they will have more space to provide new answers to new questions.

Both art and science are essentially a search for truth and order, an insight into the mysteries of the universe and people’s heart, and design is an important means of combining art and science. We are about to face a post-pandemic era with a new technological civilization, where design will be newly articulated and comprehended in the future, and many art and design professionals will be reclassified and redefined. The School of Future Design gathers a group of outstanding scholars and experts from industry who represent the level of this discipline and lead the direction of future art and design education. We hope to cultivate leading design talents with innovative design thinking and the courage to face the future and make a difference.




Academic Part-Time Jobs

In 2023, Dean Gao Peng was appointed as an expert in national graduate education evaluation and monitoring by the Ministry of Education;
June 2023, Dean Gao Peng served as the inaugural director of Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus Foundation;
May 2023, Vice Chairman of the Alliance of Art& Design Universities of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area;
May 2022, National Social Science Foundation Peer Review Expert;
May 2022, Director of Zhuhai Nazhou Art Park;
In 2021, Review Expert of Art and Design, a national key journal;
In 2021, Senior Professional Title Evaluation Expert of Guangdong Provincial Industrial Design Talents Committee;
May 2021, Co-Vice Chairman of Boao Youth Forum: 2021 Outstanding Youth Dialogue, China International Consumer Goods Expo Summit Forum;
In 2020, Vice Chairman of the Special Committee of Chinese Tea Culture (Tea Industry) at the Chinese Culture Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai;
In 2020, Director of Today Art Museum;
In 2019, the First Committee Member of the Central Academy of Fine Arts;
In 2019, Member of the Art Museum Professional Committee of China Museum Association;
In 2019, Vice President in China Region of the "Friendly China" International Organization.

Academic Lectures & Activities

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2024

In April, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the Second Member Representatives Congress of the Design Education Branch of the China Industrial Design Association and the National Design Education Development Forum and gave a keynote speech.

In April,  Dean Gao Peng  curated the solo exhibition 'Heart's Force - Wang Zixuan'.

In February, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the 6th International Art and Science Exhibition and Symposium.

2023

In December, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the 2023 Beijing and Greater Bay Area Youth Talent Exchange Conference and delivered a keynote speech.

In September, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the launch event of the  "International Youth Student Designer Exchange Program."

In September, Dean Gao Peng was invited to participate in the National Art Fund's 2023 Annual Art Talent Training Support Program for "Young and Middle-aged Visual Arts Curators" and delivered a special lecture.

In September, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the 10th "Art Shenzhen" event.

In August, Dean Gao Peng was invited to serve as a judge for the "Blue Porcelain Luminaire Program," the largest ceramic scholarship in the world.

In August, Dean Gao Peng was invited to visit the Lenovo Future Center and held discussions on collaborative initiatives with Lenovo Group Vice President Wang Chuandong.

In July, Dean Gao Peng was invited to visit Beijing University and Tsinghua University's historical museums and was invited to oversee the design of Beijing Normal University's historical museum.

In July, Dean Gao Peng was invited to visit the Palace Museum School and held discussions with the Chairman of the Palace Museum School, former Deputy Director of the Palace Museum Yan Hongbin, the President of the Palace Museum School Cheng Tonggen, and the Vice President Jiang Ying, reaching preliminary cooperation intentions.

In July, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the 2023 Suzhou Cultural Industry Investment Negotiation Meeting, a concurrent event of the Suzhou Cultural Expo, and participated in a roundtable forum.

In June, Dean Gao Peng was invited to attend the "Design Shanghai" event in June.

In April, he was invited to attend the 2023 Shenzhen Design Week Global Designer Conference and participated in the "Global Bay Area Design Dialogue" as a forum guest.

In April, he was invited to attend the cultural lecture of "Research on the Theoretical Construction of Oriental Design", a major art project of the National Social Science Foundation, and gave a keynote speech.

In March, he attended the "Third STEDM Education Forum" hosted by Beijing Normal University and Tongji University, and gave a keynote speech.

In March, he was invited to attend the "HSBC Cup" Financial Services and Space Creative Design Competition in Tongji University, and participated in the "Financial Services and Space Creative Design Summit Dialogue" as a forum guest.


2022

In December, he was invited to attend the "Digital Age and the Future of Art Museums" academic forum sponsored by Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum and Pictorial Magazine, and gave a keynote speech.

In December, he was invited to attend the 2022 Zhuhai International Design Week and participated in the main forum and Dean's Dialogue as an academic host.

In December, attended the "International Frontier Forum of School-Enterprise Joint Interdisciplinary Education" hosted by SFD (School of Future Design) and gave a keynote speech.

In November, he was invited to be a judge of "Beijing Youth Design List" sponsored by the Beijing Youth League Committee.

In October, he was invited to attend the "Stream of Time - Dialogue of the Pioneers of Contemporary Digital Art" sponsored by Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, and gave a keynote speech.

In October, attended the "2022 Reflection on the Society and Design of Tomorrow - Future Design Academic Forum" hosted by SFD and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the "12th (2022) IF Business Annual Conference" hosted by the Economic Observer, and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the "Story of the World" guided by the China Cultural Relics Exchange Center and hosted by Museum News, and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the "KCCA Yuxi Dialogue: Ice Breaking and being Outside of the Box in the Era of Art Education 3.0", and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the 2022 Shenzhen Design Week: Future Education Forum and gave a keynote speech.


2021

In December, attended the "International Frontier Forum of Design Education" hosted by SFD and gave a keynote speech.

In December, he was invited to attend the 2021 Zhuhai International Design Week and participated in the main forum and Dean's Forum as an academic host.

In November, attended the "Design and Interdisciplinary Frontier Forum" hosted by SFD and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the 2021 International Design Education Scholars Conference hosted by Shandong Institute of Arts and Crafts, and gave a keynote speech.

In May, he was invited to attend the second Forum for Doctor of Art "New Era, New Liberal Arts, New Art" hosted by Shandong Institute of Arts and Crafts, and gave a keynote speech.

In May, he was invited to attend the "Outstanding Youth Dialogue: China International Consumer Goods Expo · Summit Forum" co-sponsored by China Convention and Exhibition Economy Research Association and Boao Youth Forum, and gave a keynote speech.


2020

In December, he was invited to attend 2020 Zhuhai International Design Week and gave a keynote speech.

In December, he was invited to attend the “Phoenix Forum” hosted by Beijing Normal University.

In November, he was invited to attend the Nanming Education Forum and gave a keynote speech.

In November, he was invited to attend the "Beauty Breeds Everything" Future Aesthetics Seminar and gave a keynote speech.

In November, he was invited to attend the third "Curating in China" Forum and gave a keynote speech.

In October, he was invited to attend the academic seminar on Chinese Culture Promotion in the Chinese Culture Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai and gave a keynote speech.

In September, he was invited to attend the Dunhuang Cultural Research Seminar and gave a keynote speech.

In June, he was invited to attend the academic seminar on Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted by City University of Hong Kong and gave a keynote speech.


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Articles Publication

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Art Exhibition in the Digital Age, Published in Pictorial Magazine, 2/2023.

Integration of Design Thinking into University Aesthetic Education: An Exploration of Design and Aesthetic Education Teaching Practice from the Interdisciplinary Perspective, Published in Tsinghua Fine Arts, 9/2022.

Art Galleries Should Export Quality Content, Published in The Economic Observer, 9/2022.

Art Museum and the Digital Age, Published in China Culture Daily, 5/2022.

Promote the Development of Design Education and Lead the Future Life Innovation, Published in China Art Newspaper, 2/2022.

Design Education for the Future, Published in China Culture Daily, 1/2022.

Show Scientific and Technological Achievements with Brushes, Write Biographs for Scientific and Technological Workers, published in People's Daily, 1/2022.

Insist on Educating People with Aesthetics and Culture, published in People's Daily, 12/2021.

Globalization and Localization operation of Private Art Museums, published in Curatorial Studies, 7/2021.

The Innovation and Practice of Museum Curation in the Digital Age, published in Curatorial Studies, 10/2020.

Art Innovates Life in the Digital Era, published in People's Pictorial (International Edition), 7/2020.

The Exploration and Innovation of Art Museums in the Digital Age, published in Art Museum, 2/2020.

The Innovation and Practice of Art Museums in the Digital Age, published in "New Thoughts on the Construction of Art Museums - Proceedings of the 2018 Art Museum Development Forum", 10/2019.

A MUSEUM BORN OF REAL ESTATE, published in Museum Development in China: Understanding the Building Boom, 6/2019.

Art Museums of Tomorrow, published in People's Pictorial (International Edition), 6/2019.

A Brief discussion on the Form of Art Museum in the form of Art Life, published in Art Review, 5/2016.

A Brief Discussion on the Digitization Process of Art Museums -- Taking the Digital Practice of International Art Museums and the Today’s Future Museum as an example, published in Fine Arts, 4/2016.

Art Museum's Innovation and Practice in the Digital Age, published in Fine Arts Research, 2/ 2016.


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Monographs and Co-authored Books

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Research on the Operation and Funding of Private Art Museum in China, Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, 06/2020


TODAY· ART · MUSEUM (2018), Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, 2019


Decode Future of Today, Hong Kong Today Art Publishing House, 2010


"World Picture-Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eye", Guangxi Normal University Press, 2023.06


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