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January 14, 2014

Chinese New Year – 2014: Year of the Horse

Events for Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse
Gallop into 2014

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — January 14, 2014 — The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is hosting its 10th annual Chinese New Year art competition, “Gallop into 2014” and Family Day Celebration.

A student art competition invited submissions from all Shelby County Students and the competition submissions are being displayed at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, now through February 2, 2014. The public is encouraged vote, as winners will be determined by popular vote. Art Competition winners will be announced at Belz Museum’s Annual Chinese New Year Family Day Celebration on Saturday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winners will be chosen from four categories based upon current school level. All participants are welcome to attend the museum’s celebration where they can receive free admission, participate in arts and crafts, enter a raffle and learn about Chinese art and culture.

The Horse is the seventh sign in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. Power, beauty, and freedom symbolize the horse in the Chinese culture. People born in the year of the horse are very high-spirited, active and energetic. Their enthusiasm and cheerful personalities make people like them. That is why people who are born in the year of the horse like to be the center of attention and make everyone around them enjoy their company. The horse’s moods can change very quickly because they are quick tempered and impatient. It is necessary for the horse to have a lot of freedom and independency, so it is hard for them to adjust to a schedule prepared by someone else. They have a sharp and quick mind which makes them good at identifying patterns and sense what you are thinking before you state it.

Sponsors and partners for the annual celebration include Confucius Institute of the University of Memphis, Belz Enterprises, Incredible Pizza, The Orpheum of Memphis, Memphis Redbirds and many more.

About Belz Museum: The collection of Asian art at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic art is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern region of the United States. The collection of more than 900 objects, which range in date from 202 B.C. to the early twentieth-century, includes intricately carved jades, ivories, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and funerary art. In addition to the Asian collection, the collection of Judaica (historical and literal pieces relating to Judaism) reflects the artistic journey of some of Israel’s most celebrated contemporary artists including, Daniel Kafri and Ofra Friedland.

Contact museum staff for more information at 901-523-ARTS (2787). Our director, Belinda D Fish, will be glad to answer any e-mailed inquiries. (

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