Ying Kit Chan

Professor and Chair

About

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 200 exhibitions in the United States as well as in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, Ecuador, Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Poland and  Portugal. 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 Chair of Studio Sessions for the SECAC/MACAA Joint Conference in 2000. He 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 served as the Chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts and the Director of the Hite Art Institute from January 2011 to June 2016; 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.

Website: yingkitchan.com

Teaching Areas

Course offerings:
Foundation 2-D Design, and Foundation Drawing
Advanced Drawing Concepts
Web Site Design, and Net Art
Media, Issues and Sustainability
Art, Thinking and Social Change
Chinese Calligraphy

Research Areas and Projects

Contemporary practices in art
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

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Jewish Community Center of Louisville, 2015
Cressman Center of Visual Art,  University of Louisville, 2014
IndexG Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2010, 2007
Lee Fotogallery, Toronto, Canada, 2001
Gallery 456, New York, New York, 1999
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 1999
Brownsboro Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky 1995
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 1993
Taiwan Museum of Art, Tai Chung, Taiwan 1992
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 1989
C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 1987
Owensboro Area Museum Art Gallery, Owensboro, Kentucky 1986        
Spalding University Art Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky 1986        
Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University 1985        
Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, West Virginia 1984        
Cincinnati Commission on the Arts Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 1984        
Brodies Gallery, School of Art, University of Cincinnati 1983        
Lightwell Gallery, School of Art, University of Oklahoma 1981        
Grover Cleveland Arts Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1981

Selected Group Exhibitions

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2016, 1984, 1983
Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, Kentucky, 2016        
Cressman Center for the Visual Arts, University of Louisville, 2014
Lyric Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky, 2014
Belknap Gallery, University of Louisville, 2013
INDEXG Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2010, 2012        
Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan, 2011
Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2010
Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, Kentucky, 2010        
The Rag Factory, London, United Kingdom, 2010
Bernheim Gallery, The Louisville Public Library, 2010
Landslide Gallery, Chicago, 2010        
Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, Indiana, 2008
G+ Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2007
Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Owensboro, Kentucky, 2007
The 930 Art Center, Louisville, 2007
Cressman Art Center, University of Louisville, 2006
State University of New York, Brockport, New York, 2006
Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky, 2006
Hong Kong Visual Art Centre, Hong Kong, China, 2006
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, 2006
Harper Art Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina, 2006
Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005
Actors Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky 2004
GlassWorks, Louisville, Kentucky 2004
The Belknap and Covi Galleries, University of Louisville, 2002
Transylvania University Morlan Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky 2000
Anderson Gallery, Virgina Commonwealth University, 1999
University of Central Florida Art Gallery, Orlando, 1999
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1999
Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, 1999
Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, California, 1999
Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, 1998
Belk Gallery, Western Corolina University, 1998
Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee,1998
Fine Arts Center, Northern Kentucky University, 1998, 2000
Taipei Gallery, New York, New York, 1998
Towson University Asian Art Center, Towson, Maryland, 1998
School of Art Gallery, University of Cincinnati, 1998
University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, 1998
Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, 1998
Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1997, 1992, 1981, 1979, 1978, 1977
Home Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 1996
Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1996
Duchamp Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1996
Hong Kong Exchange Square, Hong Kong, 1995
Artswatch, Louisville, 1995
Images Friedman Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, 1994
David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D. C., 1994
Frankfurter Hof, Mainz, Germany, 1994
Artland Gallery, Hong Kong, 1994
Louisville Visual Art Association, 1994, 1989, 1987, 1986, 1985
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993
Swanson Cralle Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, 1993, 1990
Washington Design Center, Washington, D.C., 1989
Casa de la Cultura Muiseo, Cuenca, Ecuador, 1989
Kingman Foundation Gallery, Quito, Ecuador, 1989
Yvonne Rapp Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, 1989, 1988
Warsaw Art Academy, Warsaw, Poland, 1988
South Australian School of Art, Adeliade, Australia, 1988
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1988
Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, 1988
Carnegie Arts Center, Covington, Kentucky, 1988, 1987
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1987
J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982
Indianapolis Art League, Indinapolis, Indiana, 1986
Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1986
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, 1986
University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, 1986
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1985
The Rathaus, Mainz, Germany, 1985
Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1985
Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana, 1984
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, 1984
SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio, 1984
Weibie Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1983
Cox Fine Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio, 1983, 1982
Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio, 1983
C. A. G. E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1983, 1982
The Art Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982
Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, 1981, 1980
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 1980, 1979, 1978
National Modern Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, 1980
Soares dos Reis Museum, Oporto, Portugal, 1979
Raya Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 1979
National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea, 1978

Selected Collections

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati
KFC Corporation, Louisville
First National Bank, Louisville
Commonwealth Bank, Louisville
L. G. & E., Louisville
Commonwealth Insurance, Louisville
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville
Kentucky Center for the Art, Louisville
Churchill Downs, Louisville

Awards and Fellowships

Al Smith Individual Artists Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 2002
Artist Professional Development Grant, Kentucky Arts Council, 1999
Al Smith Individual Artists Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 1994
NEA / Southern Arts Federation, Individual Artists Fellowship, 1992
Kentucky Arts Council, Artists Development Grant, 1990
Urban Council Fine Arts Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1977

Professional Memberships

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