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Professor, IMAP, Photography
Albert V. Chong was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 20th. 1958. He immigrated to the United States in 1977 where he lived in Brooklyn, New York until 1988. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1978 – 1981 graduating with honors.
Chong’s exhibiting career started in 1981 and since that time his works have been included in numerous museum exhibitions including well over sixty group exhibitions and seven solo exhibitions. Chong taught at the School of Visual Arts, in New York from 1986-1988, and at Mira Costa College in Oceanside California from 1989-91. In 1988 Chong, and family moved to San Diego, where he attended the University of California, San Diego. In 1991 he was awarded the Master of Fine Arts degree from UCSD, and in that year as well he accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Art & Art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is presently Professor of art at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he teaches photography.
Chong’s photographs are in included collections both public and Private, national and international. The main bodies of his art is expressed in photographs, sculptural and kinetic installations, artist books and video.
His works have been widely exhibited nationally and Internationally. Past venues exhibiting his work include,The Venice Biennale 2001, Venice, Italy, The Museum of Modern Art, The Havana Biennal in Cuba and Kaoshiung International Container Festival, Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Chong was also Jamaica’s representative at the Sao Paulo Biennal in September of 1998 as well as the representative for Jamaica in the above mentioned venues. Albert Chong is the recipient of several artist fellowships, including 1998 Guggenheim fellowship in photography and a 1998 Pollock/Krasner grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. A regional National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, and a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography. He was also commissioned by Absolut Spirits Company to create a work as part their ongoing series involving artists the work titled Absolut Chong. A book of his photographs has been published by the Friends of Photography in San Francisco and is titled Ancestral Dialogues: The Photographs of Albert Chong.