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Albert Chong | Jamaica

Albert Chong

Born in 1958 in Kingston, Jamaica,
Lives & works in Boulder, CO, USA

Holder of a BFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts of New York, USA (1981) and of a MFA from the University of California in San Diego, USA (1991).

Albert Chong has been teaching in the Art and Art History Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, since 2006. He was visiting artist and lecturer for several renowned and prestigious universities, round tables or symposiums.

He is recipient of grants from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (Dean’s Fund for Excellence, 2010-2011 ; Technology Grant, 2009 ; Dean’s Grant, 2008…). In 2006, he receives the Institute for Diversity in the Arts Fellowship (IDA) from Stanford University, USA.
Among the other subventions he was granted, let’s mention the John Simon Guggenhein Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography (1998), the Pollock Krasner Artist Grant (1998), the Individual Artist Fellowship (Photography) from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992), the California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1990) or the Creative Artist Program Service Grant Photography Fellowship (1982).

Albert Chong is artist-in-residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, USA (1997-1998).

Individual exhibitions by Albert Chong

The Mosaics & Other Works at the Mutual Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica (2011) ; Hope Deferred: The Tile Photomosaics: New Works on Stone by Albert Chong at the Walker Fine Arts in Denver, USA (2011) ; Dread In Exile: A Survey of Works by Albert Chong at the Loves Jazz & Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (2010) ; Eco, Xiang, Echo: Meditations on the African, Andean & Asian Diasporas, Photomosaics, on Stone at the Project Row Houses in Houston, USA (2010) ; Layered Associations at the Folio Gallery of the Art Department Texas Tech University (2009) ; Albert Chong: 20 Photographs at the Zemicon Gallery in Bridgetown, Barbados (2004) ; Projections: Photographs by Albert Chong at the Chelsea Galleria in Miami, USA (2004) ; Natural Spirits: Photographs by Albert Chong at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, USA (2003) ; Incantations: Images & Objects at the University Library California State University (2003) ; Family Love: Photographs by Albert Chong at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville, USA (2003) ; Memories in Exile an exhibition of photographs and an object at the Salina Art Center, USA (2002) ; Extremes of Violence, Extremes of Religions at the Kaohshiung International Container Arts Festival, Taiwan (2002) ; Imaging The Spirit at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Boulder, USA (2002) ; the travelling show Winged Evocations (1999-2002) or Projections at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York, USA (2000).

Collective exhibitions

Out of the Archives: Process and Progress at the Asian American Arts Centre in New York, USA (2009) ; The Art of Caring : A Look at Life Through Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art, USA (2009) ; Click, A Trigger Happy Photography Show at the Pan American Art Projects in Miami, USA (2009) ; Through The Lens: Photography From the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, USA (2009) ; travelling show Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera, in several US cities, including the DePaul University Museum in Chicago or the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, USA (2005-2011) ; Curators Eye III: Ceremony in Space, Time & Sound at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaicae (2008) ; Performing Identities at the Colorado College, USA (2008) ; Crossing The Line: African American Artists in the Jacqueline Bradley & Clarence Otis, Jr. Collection at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, Florida, USA (2007) ; Equatorial Rhythms at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway (2007) ; Blacks In and out of the box at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, USA (2007) ; New Possessions: An Islands Independence: Jamaican Art on the 44th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence at the Art Museum of The Americas in Washington, D.C., USA (2006) ; No Country is an Island: Issues of Freedom and Diaspora in Caribbean Art at the Raritan Valley Community College Art Gallery in North Branch, USA (2005) ; PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, USA (2004) ; Curators Eye at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica (2004) ; Rousings, Contemporary Jamaican Artat the National Gallery of The Cayman Islands (2004) ; travelling show Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of The American Self at the International Center of Photography, NYC and Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, USA (2004) ; Public Responsibility at the Art Museum of The Americas in Washington, D.C., USA (2003) ; Fifteen Jamaican Artists at the Skoto Gallery in New York, USA (2002) ; Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, USA (2001) o Caribe, exclusion, fragmentacion y paraiso at the MEIAC in Badajoz, Espagne (1998).

Biennials, fairs

Albert Chong participated into the 3d World Festival of Black Arts & Cultures in Dakar, Senegal (2010) ; 1st Triennial of the Caribbean in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2010) ; 49th Venice Biennial (2001) ; 5th (1994) and 7th (2001) Havana’s Biennial, Cuba ; 24th Biennial of São Paulo, Brasil (1998) or the 1st Biennial of Johannesburg, South Africa (1995).


Albert Chong’s artworks are included in the following collections : International Center of Photography (ICP) NYC ; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC ; Denver Art Museum ; Lowe Art Museum ; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington ; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art ; High Museum of Art, Atlanta ; Baltimore Museum of Art ; The Center for Photography at Woodstock ; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ; Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery ; Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University ; Yale University Art Gallery ; Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida in the USA ; National Art Gallery Committee of Barbados/National Cultural Foundation, Barbados or the BNF, Paris, France.


In 1977, he is awarded the Silver and Bronze Medals for Photography by the Jamaica Festival of the Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.


His book Ancestral Dialogues: The Photographs of Albert Chong, published by The Friends of Photography, in 1993, includes essays by Quincy Troupe & Thelma Golden.