Kevin B. Chen
has been involved in the Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a visual artist, curator, writer, arts administrator, and educator. He currently serves on Recology's Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board, the Curatorial Committees for Root Division and Pro Arts Gallery, and serves as faculty in Stanford University's Department of Art & Art History and San Francisco State University's School of Art. He has curated projects for San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, University of Nevada Reno, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jack Fischer Gallery, California Shakespeare Theater, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco & Kearny Street Workshop.
Previously he served as Co-Chair for the City of Oakland's Public Art Advisory Committee, Manager of the Artist Residency Program and Public Programs at the de Young Museum, Programs Manager at Kala Art Institute, and Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 70 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, including solo exhibitions by Lebbeus Woods, Margaret Harrison, Hasan Elahi, Taraneh Hemami, Ala Ebtekar, Conrad Atkinson, Jenny Odell, Jamex & Einar de la Torre, Claudia Bernardi, Binh Danh, Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson, Victor Cartagena, and Marcos Ramírez ERRE. His curatorial work has been reviewed in publications nationally, including Art in America, afterimage: the journal of media arts and cultural criticism, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Art Nexus, Bidoun Magazine, Contemporary Magazine, Bitch Magazine
, and the Huffington Post
He has served as a funding and residency panelist for Creative Capital, Multi-Arts Production Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Alliance of Artists Communities, Center for Cultural Innovation, Creative Work Fund, City of San Jose, Arts Council Silicon Valley, Zellerbach Family Foundation, SF Arts Commission, Alameda County Arts Commission, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Programs, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Montalvo Arts Center, Southern Exposure, and Kala Art Institute; an exhibition juror for California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, SF Camerawork, Root Division, CSU Chico, Asian Pacific Fund, and Pro Arts Gallery; and author of catalog essays for The Third Line Art Gallery in Dubai, Paper Museum Press/Park Life, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Work, AKAAKA Art Publishing, and Kearny Street Workshop.
His work in drawing, collage, and sculpture has been exhibited locally at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, Asian Art Museum, Palo Alto Art Center, Kala Art Institute, Blankspace, Ampersand Gallery, Kearny Street Workshop, and nationally at Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA), Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (Ft. Myers, FL), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis, MO), New York University Tisch School of the Arts (New York, NY), and The Kitchen (New York, NY).
He received his BA from Columbia University in Psychology and East Asian Languages & Cultures and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery
in San Francisco, CA.
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Photo credit: Scott Chernis