Hong Chun Zhang

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Interview with Hong Chun Zhang by Emily Dresden


Artists Bio: Born and raised in China, Hong grew up in an academic environment. Both her parents are retired art professors and her two sisters are also painters. When she was 15, Hong and her twin-sister Bo won the national competition to attend the high school attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From there, she began her professional art training. In 1994, Hong received B.F.A. in Chinese Ink Painting from CAFA in Beijing, M.A. from CSU Sacramento in 2002 and M.F.A. from University of California, Davis in 2004. Hong currently lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas. In spring of 2015, she starts working with Haw Contemporary Gallery in Kansas City.

For 10 years, Hong has studied under both Chinese and American fine arts educational systems, and she has discovered a balance between the two cultures and artistic styles. In China, she developed a solid foundation in painting, but the content was restricted. In 1996, Hong came to America to expand her education in fine arts. The graduate school in the US has provided Hong with the freedom to develop new concepts for her work. This unique experience has been recognized with a Skowhegan Artist Residency Full Scholarship (New York 2003) a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship (New York 2004) Pollock Krasner Foundation grant (New York 2006) and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica artist residency in Venice, Italy funded by APT (Artist Pension Trust 2015) Hong has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC) Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX) Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA) The White Rabbit Gallery (Sydney, Australia) The Museum of Contemporary Art Norway (Oslo, Norway) Central Museum (Utrecht, Holland) The 3rd Chengdu Biennale and The 9th Shanghai Biennale (China) Ink Studio (Beijing) Galerie Steph (Singapore) The Portland Museum of Art (ME) The Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, San Francisco Chinese Culture Center, Lawrence Arts Center, Whitespace (Atlanta) BRIC Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn) The Chinese Porcelain Company (NYC) Her work can be found in many public and private collections such as Sylvain Levy/ DSL Collection (Paris) The White Rabbit Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art (Sydney) The Ministry of Culture of China (Beijing) The Origo Family Collection of Chinese Ink Paintings (Zurich) Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS) and Ulrich Art Museum (Wichita, KS) - Bio from