WAIHANG LAI, A.W.S.

Known for his watercolor, Chinese painting and computer art, Waihang Lai has mastered with skill and imagination the delicate technique involved in watercolor. Lai's paintings are paintings of nature in which muted colors are used to create intricate composition. The lushness of the colors gently merges into one another, creating a soft, calming ambience that is characteristic of his artistry. He creates paintings with unusual, geometric shapes with the extensive use of layers of transparent colors one on top of another, a technique that expresses astounding depth and perception.

A signature member of the American Watercolor Society and Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Lai serves as the president of the Kauai Watercolor Soicety and Kauai Orental Art Society. He has exhibited his paintings in many regional shows in the United States, including the American Watercolor Society Annual Show at Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio; the Watercolor USA exhibition at Springfield Art Museum, Edward-Dean Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Kauai Museum in Hawaii. Lai is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Education.

Waihang Lai graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned his M.A. degree in art from the Claremont Graduate University in California. He taught at Arizona State University, Mauna Olu College and University of Hawaii Kauai Community College.

A recipient of the University of Hawaii Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the University of Texas NISOD Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to teaching, Lai retired in 2004 as an emeritus professor after thirty-four years of teaching at University of Hawaii Kauai Community College.
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Chronology
2013 - Honorary Life Membership awarded by the Philadelphia Water Color Society
2011 - Watercolor exhibition with students at Kauai Museum, Hawaii
- Conducted watercolor workshop at Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Lecture-demonstration on Chinese painting at Kauai Museum, coincided with the museum¡¦s 50th anniversary and Chinese New Year celebration in February
2010 - Lecture-demonstration on ¡§watercolor, a challenging medium¡¨ at S.H. Ho College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November.
- Lecture-demonstration on Chinese painting techniques at the Kauai Museum in February
2009 ¡§Golden Stream¡¨, ¡§Vanda Orchid¡¨ and ¡§Wailua Falls, Hawaii¡¨ --- watercolors included in Best of America watermedia Artists Volume II, published by Kennedy Publishing, USA
2007 - Lecture-demonstration on watercolor at Regency at Puakea, Puhi, Hawaii in February
- Juried and presented the awards to the first annual Kauai Orchid & Arts Festival art Competition winners, Hawaii in March
-Chinese painting ¡§Red Plum Blossoms¡¨ graced the front cover of the
Chinese University of Hong Kong Happy New Year eCard
2006 - Conducted a watercolor landscape painting workshop at Kauai Veteran¡¦s Center in January
2005 - Conducted an acrylic landscape painting workshop at Kauai Museum in June
- Conducted Oriental brush painting , watercolor landscape painting , and acrylic landscape painting workshops at Hawaii Graphics Corp in Honolulu in May
- Conducted Chinese painting demonstration at Kauai Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster in February
2004 - One-man-show of Watercolor- East and West at Kauai Museum Mezzanine Gallery, Hawaii in December
- Retired as an emeritus professor after thirty-four years of teaching at the University of Hawaii Kauai Community College
2003 - Solo exhibit of watercolor at Kauai Museum
- Exhibited in the membership shows of Kauai Watercolor Society and Kauai Oriental Art Society at Kauai Kukui Grove Center, Hawaii
- Conducted watercolor workshop at Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort, Hawaii
2002 - Conducted a watercolor workshop at the Academy Art Center at Linekona, Honolulu Academy of Arts in March
2001 - One-man-show of Watercolor, East and West at Art and Soul Gallery, Kauai, Hawaii in December
- Lecture-demonstration on Oriental brush painting techniques for the Scoragen Educational Group from Japan at the Performing Arts Center of the University of Hawaii Kauai Community College in June
2000 - Lecture-demonstration on watercolor at Chiba Keizai College and Okinawa Christian Junior College in Japan in May
1999 - Included in Who¡¦s Who in America
1998 - Painting exhibit at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center Gallery
1997 - Lecture-demonstration on Chinese calligraphy and painting at Kauai Museum
1995 - Conducted a lecture-demonstration on the ¡§New Dimension in Chinese painting¡¨ for a group of Beijing University students visiting Kauai Community College in October
- Included in Who¡¦s Who in the World
- Included in Who¡¦s Who Among Asian Americans
1994 - ¡§Feeding Time¡¨, a computer painting, was featured on the cover of Makalii, a journal of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges
1993 - Received the NISOD Excellence Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and learning from the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin
- Solo exhibit of watercolors at Kauai Museum
- Listed in Who¡¦s Who in American Education
- Conducted a seminar on the ¡§New Dimension in Chinese Painting¡¨ and demonstrated how to use the computer as an artistic tool at the East West Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii
1992 - Received the University of Hawaii Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award
- Illustrated Advertisement for Acupuncturists by Cynthia Bestani
- ¡§ Tunnel of Trees ¡§, a pen and ink drawing was included in PLEIADES, the Journal of the University of Hawaii Community College
- Solo exhibit of computer painting at Kauai Museum
- Lecture and demonstration of Chinese painting and watercolor at Nara College of Fine Arts, Japan
1991 - Selected as a member of the Hawaii Computer Art Society
- Illustrated The Tao of Practice Success by Cynthia Bestani
1990 - Exhibited in the Art Faculty Exhibition of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges at the Contemporary Museum¡¦s Honolulu Advertiser Gallery
1989 - ¡§ Peony ¡§, a computer drawing, was included in PLEIADES, the Journal of the University of Hawaii Community College
- One-man-show of Lai¡¦s artwork, featuring ¡§Li River¡¨, a 37-foot long scroll, was held during the Chinese Bicentennial Art Exhibition at Kauai Museum
- Solo exhibit of watercolor at Kilohana Galleries, Kauai, Hawaii
1988 - ¡§ Menehune Fish Pond ¡§, a pen and ink drawing , was included in PLEIADES, the Journal of the University of Hawaii Community College.
1985 - Solo exhibit of watercolor and Chinese painting at Princeville Galleries, Kauai, Hawaii in December
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1982 - One-man-show of watercolor painting at Kahana Kii Fine Arts Gallery in December
1976 - Included in Who¡¦s Who in the West
- Elected as the president of the Kauai Oriental Art Society
1975 - Watercolors selected for the ¡§Four Watercolor Artists of Hawaii¡¨, a traveling exhibit in the islands, sponsored by the Honolulu Academy of Arts
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1974 - Elected as the president of Kauai Watercolor Society
1973 - Included in Who¡¦s Who in American Art
1972 - One-man-show of Chinese and Western watercolor painting at Kauai Museum. ¡§Traveling¡¨, a 24-foot long scroll, was the highlight in the show in November
1971 - Included in the Bibliography of the Contemporary Chinese Painting Artists, published in Hong Kong
1970 - Joined University of Hawaii Kauai Community College as an art faculty member
- Watercolor exhibited at Edward-Dean Museum, Cherry Valley, California
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1969 - Painting titled ¡§September¡¨ exhibited in the Watercolor USA at Springfield Art Museum, Missouri
1968 - Selected as a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, New York
- ¡§ Three Little Boats¡¨ first place award in watercolor at the 46th Maui Art Festival, Hawaii
- Taught at Mauna Olu College, Maui, Hawaii as an assistant professor
1967 - Graduated from Clarement Graduate University, California, with a M.A. degree in art
- ¡§The Watercolors of Waihang Lai¡¨, published in California
- Solo exhibit of Watercolor Painting, East and West at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
- Taught watercolor and drawing at Arizona State University, Tempe as a visiting professor
1966 - ¡§The Chinese Landscape Paintings of Waihang Lai¡¨, published in California
- ¡§ In the Afternoon¡¨ first place award in watercolor at the Rowland Heights Spring Festival of Fine Arts, California
- Demonstration and lecture on Chinese painting at California State College in Los Angeles
- Selected as a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Club
1965 - Solo exhibit at UniQ3 Gallery, Pomona, California
- Created a painting, ¡§Plum Blossoms¡¨, for the cover of Lutheran Women magazine, May issue, published in Philadelphia, U.S.
- Designed a cover for World Encounter magazine, April issue, published in Philadelphia, U.S.
1964 - Graduated from Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a B.A. degree
- Created a cover painting, ¡§Red Persimmons¡¨, for the Lutheran Women Magazine, April issue, published in Philadelphia, U.S.
1963 - Solo exhibit of Chinese painting at Carroll College, Wisconsin, U.S.
- Solo exhibit of Chinese painting at Claremont Graduate University, California
1962 - Attended the International Student Conference as a Hong Kong delegate in Tokyo, Japan
- Solo exhibition of Chinese painting at the University of Redlands, California
1959-61 - Received Honorable Mention at the Hong Kong University Art Exhibition three years in a row
1958 - Chinese painting exhibited at the Hong Kong Art Festival
1939 - born in Hong Kong

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