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Thomas Chung

Assistant Professor of Art, Painting
Painting Program Coordinator
Arts 307

(907) 786-1738
tpchung@alaska.edu

Education

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

Biography

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 2016 Rasmussen 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 Tom Chung has 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

Solo Exhibitions

2018     “Thomas Chung: Everything is Sacred” Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
2017     “The Trickster”    The Arc Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
2015    “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

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, Alaska
               “All Alaska Biennial”, Anchorage, Alaska
2015      “Relate North Art Exhibition”, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
               “Ninth Biennial Faculty Exhibition”, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska

 

Awards

  • 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