Grassroots Art Center

A National Treasure!

by Dr. Richard J. Bay

Associate Professor of Art & Art Education

Radford University, Radford VA


Wang Jian Zhong is a quiet man. He lives 50 miles west of Shanghai, China in a modest apartment the state provides for him.

I took my shoes off before entering and put on a pair of slippers that were in the basket by the front door.

The smell of tobacco and green tea filled the air.

Greetings were exchanged as my interpreter and I sat not knowing the afternoon was to be one of amazement and great joy.