Ying Kit Chan, M.F.A.

Professor and Chair


Professor Ying Kit Chan is a native of Hong Kong. In the 70's, he studied art at the Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong Buddhist College, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Studio 11. In 1979, he continued his study in the United States, and received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma (1981) and MFA from the University of Cincinnati (1983). Since 2003, he has been attending the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (Switzerland) and Paris, and has taken seminars with some of the world's most visionary thinkers including the late Jacques Derrida and Jean Baudrillard.

For over three decades, Professor Chan has been exhibiting his art work in over 180 exhibitions in the United States as well as in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, Ecuador, Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Poland and  Portugal. His recent solo exhibitions include INDEXG Gallery (2010, 2007) in Toronto, LEE Gallery in Toronto (2001), Gallery 456 in New York (1999), Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei (1993), Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung (1992) and A.R.C. Gallery in Chicago (1989).

Professor Chan has received several public grants including two Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Visual Arts Fellowships (1994 and 2002), a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Arts Fellowship (1992) and an Urban Council Fine Arts Award at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial (1977).

Professor Chan organized the first FATE (Foundation in Art: Theory and Education) national conference (1986) and served as the President of FATE (1995-97). He served as the studio session chair for the SECAC/MACAA Joint Conference in 2000 and was a member of the Professional Practices Committee of College Art Association (2003-06).

At the University of Louisville, Professor Chan served as the Head of the Studio Programs from 1997 to 2010, and is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts; He is an affiliate faculty of  the Asian Studies program, the Social Change program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Center for Asian Democracy as well as a member of the Humanities PhD Program Steering Committee.


Teaching Areas

Course offerings:
Foundation 2-D Design, and Foundation Drawing
Advanced Drawing Concepts
Web Site Design, and Net Art
Media, Issues and Sustainability (Fall 2009)
Art, Thinking and Social Change (Spring 2012)
Chinese Calligraphy (Spring 2011)

Research Areas and Projects

Contemporary practices in drawing
Digital media and new media studies
Contemporary art issues
Cross cultural and critical theories
Chinese arts theory and criticism
Ethics, aesthetics and semiotics
Analytic and Continental aesthetics
Sustainability and environmental ethics

Professional Memberships

College Art Association
Foundation in Art: Theory and Education
American Society for Aesthetics
Semiotic Society of America
Southeastern College Art Conference