Ying Kit Chan

Professor | Director of Graduate Studies (MFA in Art + Design)


Creative Activities: 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, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan and Portugal. Professor Chan has received several public awards and fellowships 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), two Great Meadows Foundation Artist Development Travel Grants, and an Urban Council Fine Arts Award at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial (1977).

Service to the Profession: Professor Chan served as the Conference Chair of the first Foundation in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) national conference (1986) and later served as the President of FATE (1995-97). He also served as the Chair of all studio sessions for the SECAC/MACAA Joint Conference in 2000, and was a member of the Professional Practices Committee of College Art Association of America (2003-06).

Service to the University: Professor Chan served as the Chairperson and the Director of the Hite Art Institute from January 2011 to June 2016. Currently he is the Director of the MFA Program. Professor Chan is a member of the Asian Studies program, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the University Sustainability Education and Research Committee, the Humanities Ph.D. Program's Steering Committee, and the Community Engagement Advisory Council.

Links to recent professional activities:

Interview with Keith Waits. Artists Talk with LVA for
WXOX 97.1 FM/Artxfm.com on August 18, 2022. (YouTube)

Essay: "GeoEthics in Art: Theory and Education" (PDF)
FATE in Review, Volume 38, 2022

Professor Chan presents at EGU21
European Geosciences Union General Assembly (2021)

Professor Chan receives Distinguished Teaching Award (2017)

Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan
Exhibition Catalog (2014)


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Courses Taught

Foundation Design and Drawing
Art Concepts and Methods
Advanced Drawing Concepts
Web Site Design/Net Art
Media, Issues and Sustainability
Art, Thinking and Social Change
Chinese Calligraphy
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Teaching Practicum 

Research Areas

Contemporary practices in art
Painting, drawing, printmaking and multimedia installation
Digital and new media studies
Contemporary art theory and issues
Chinese art theory and criticism
Globalization, Post-colonialism and Cosmopolitanism
Analytic and Continental aesthetics and ethics
Geoethics, Sustainability, Ecofeminism, and Social Ecology

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Not In My Backyard, Moremen Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2022
New Work
, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, 2018
GeoEthics, ArtSpace at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016
10000 Thoughts, Jewish Community Center of Louisville, 2015
Deep Ecology, 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
Belknap Galleries, University of Louisville, 1999
Brownsboro Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1995
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 1993
Taiwan Museum of Art, Tai Chung, Taiwan, 1992
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, 1989
C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 1987
Owensboro Area Museum Art Gallery, Owensboro, KY 1986
Spalding University Art Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1986
Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, 1985
Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, WV, 1984
Cincinnati Commission on the Arts Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 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, OK, 1981

Selected Group Exhibitions

A Través de la Vida, Rogelio Salmona Art Center, Manizales, Colombia, 2023
Continent to Commonwealth, Kentucky State Capitol, 2023, 
-a traveling exhibition to ten locations, organized by Kentucky Arts Council 
Korea Fiber Art Biennale, Suwon Museum of Art
, Gwanggyo, South Korea, 2022
Equilibrium, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice, Italy, 2019
Preview Equilibrium Venice, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2019
Eco-connectivity, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 2018
21c Museum, Louisville, 2016; 21c Museum, Lexington, 2017
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2016, 1984, 1983
CICA Museum, Gimpo-Si, Republic of Korea, 2016
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

Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants, 2017, 2019
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
European Geosciences Union
International Association For Promoting Geoethics
American Alliance of Museums