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Thomas Chung

Assistant Professor of Art, Painting
Painting Program Coordinator
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 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and his Master 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, Chung has conducted field work around the world: most recently receiving the 2016 Rasmusen Individual Artist Award to travel to remote locations in Alaska documenting the intersection of modern and traditional life. He has taught art at a wide variety of institutions such as Yale University, Alaska Creative Ceramics and as a volunteer drawing instructor at the NYU Tisch Psychiatric Ward and the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Presently, Chung joined the Fine Arts faculty at UAA while conducting research related to Alaska Native culture and mythology.

Teaching Responsibilities

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

Professional & Department Service

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



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
2014     Remember What Happened to Captain Cook, Ong King Art Center, Honolulu, HA


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
2015      Relate North Art Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK
               Ninth Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK



  • 2016 Rasmussen Individual Artist Award
  • University-wide Theron Rockwell Field Prize for Poetic, Literary, or Religious Scholarship, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Schoelkopf Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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