Visual Art Center is part of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. It faces the achievements of art education in universities and reflects the status of domestic and international modern and contemporary art through providing exhibitions to the public.
Mission: Visual Art Center is committed to the construction of high-quality academic exhibition space. By employing mechanisms such as inviting curators, Visual Art Center provides exhibitions of spectacular domestic and international modern and contemporary art and design works. To contribute the development of Chinese contemporary art and design, Visual Art Center also improves the educational functions of the museum, enriches the spirit landscape of cultural creative industries in Beijing, and promotes exchanges and cooperation with other prominent museums worldwide.
Visual Art Center is located at the first floor of Area B, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. One of the two entrances is at the lobby of Area B, and the other one is at the Café (southwest side of VAC). The exhibition space is about 1800 square meters and divided into four exhibition galleries (named Gallery 1, 2, 3, and 4). Gallery 1, 2, and 3 are connected and located at the south side; Gallery 4 is a separate space and located at the north side. The ceiling height could reach to twenty meters for Gallery 1 and eight meters for Gallery 4, thus, the space of VAC is suitable for exhibiting various kinds of art works including large scale sculptures and installations.
The history of Visual Art Center, could be traced back to the auditorium gallery of Central Academy of Arts & Crafts (predecessor of Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University), which was founded in 1956. Using the temporary exhibition area at the newly constructed building of the academy, and according to the standards of museum, the academy redesigned and extended the area into Visual Art Center in 2009. Since its establishment, the center has organized or hosted various exhibitions, including: A Decade of Contemporary American Printmaking: 1999 – 2009, 2009 Graduates Exhibition, 2009 International Metal Art Exhibition & Seminar, Communicational Exhibition of Arts & Crafts Educators from China、Japan、Korea and America, Without Boundaries——Contemporary Paintings from Six Artists,, 20th Century Oil Paintings Collection of National Art Museum of China, and 90 Years: Path of Bauhaus——The Documentary Exhibition of Its History, Legacy, Worlds and China, Seal Point by John Walker, Book Art Made in Germany, The Art of Paper Cutting——East Meets West，along with others. Visual Art Center will always try to provide more high quality visual art experience for the public.