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 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 field work around the world: most recently receiving the Yale University Schoelkopf Travel Grant to live with and study isolated indigenous tribes in the Amazon Basin. He has taught art at a wide variety of institutions such as the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 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 Tom Chung has joined the Fine Arts faculty at UAA while conducting research of Native American 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

Solo Exhibitions

2015     “Country Time Kitsch”, The Blue Room Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
              “Drapetomania”, The Wylie & May Louise Jones Art Gallery, Bakersfield, California
2014     “Remember What Happened to Captain Cook”, Ong King Art Center, Honolulu, Hawaii


Group Exhibitions

2016      "Polar Nights", Artist Studio with Thomas Chunng, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
              "10th Biennial Faculty Exhibition", Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
              "1F14: That's Not God", Becky Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
              "2016 Museum Gala", Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
              "Block Party", IGCA, Anchorage, Alaska
              “Collect Art”, IGCA, Anchorage, Alaska
              “All Alaska Biennial”, Anchorage, Alaska
              “Dixieland”, Pettus Salon, Jacksonville, North Carolina
2015     “Relate North Art Exhibition”, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
              “Ninth Biennial Faculty Exhibition”, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska



  • 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

San Francisco Art Institute Stone Scholarship, San Francisco, California


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