Thomas Chung

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Associate Professor of Art, Drawing & Painting
Painting Program Coordinator
Fine Arts, 307
(907) 786-1738


  • M.F.A., Yale University
  • B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute


Tom Chung was born in New Jersey and grew up in Hong Kong and New York City. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University in 2013. He has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout the United States. His multidisciplinary work has been written about in Art in America, The New Yorker, and Modern Painters Magazine. In addition to traditional art shows, Chung has numerous permanent murals and sculptural installations around the country. In 2013 he was the first art student in Yale University's history to receive the University-wide Theron Rockwell Field Prize for "poetic, literary, or religious scholarship," for his graduate dissertation. Influenced largely by his education and interest in cultural anthropology, Tom Chung has conducted fieldwork around the world: most recently receiving the 2016 Rasmussen Individual Artist Award to travel to remote locations in Alaska documenting the intersection of modern and traditional life. Tom Chung has been a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at UAA since 2014.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Beginning Painting
  • Intermediate Painting
  • Advanced Painting
  • Beginning Drawing
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • Experimental Drawing

Professional & Department Service

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Committee
  • Degree Completion Coordinator
  • Community Outreach Committee

University Service

  • Faculty Senate Diversity Committee (Co-Chair 2018-2019, 2020-present)
  • Diversity Action Council



2018     Thomas Chung: Everything is Sacred, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2017     The Trickster, The Arc Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2015     Drapetomania, The Wylie & May Louise Jones Art Gallery, Bakersfield, CA


2020      From a Strange Place, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Illinois   
2019      2019 ASAD Art Exhibition, Syktyvkar State University, Russia
               Drawn North, IGCA, Anchorage, Alaska
2018      Relate North Art Exhibition, Helgeland Museum, Norway
2017      Animation Club Art Exhibition, Hugh McPeck Gallery, Anchorage AK
               Alaskan Dreamscapes, IGCA, Anchorage, AK
               Trumpazo, Out North, Anchorage, AK
               Spring Faculty Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2016      1F14: That’s Not God, (2-person exhibition) Becky Gallery, Anchorage, AK
               Collect Art, IGCA, Anchorage, AK
               All Alaska Biennial, Anchorage, AK


  • 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity UAA, Anchorage, Alaska
  • AY 20 UNAC Travel Award, UAA, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 2019 Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Service to the University and Community UAA, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 2016 Rasmussen Individual Artist Award
  • University-wide Theron Rockwell Field Prize for “poetic, literary, or religious scholarship,” Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Schoelkopf Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
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