Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 60 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, including solo exhibitions by Lebbeus Woods, Hasan Elahi, Margaret Harrison, Taraneh Hemami, Conrad Atkinson, Ala Ebtekar, Jamex & Einar de la Torre, Claudia Bernardi, Binh Danh, Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson, Victor Cartagena, and Marcos Ramírez ERRE. He has also curated projects for Headlands Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco & Kearny Street Workshop. 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 previously served as Programs Manager at Kala Art Institute, one of the country’s largest printmaking workshops. He has been a funding and residency panelist for Creative Capital, Multi-Arts Production Fund, 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, 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, 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. He currently serves as co-chair for the City of Oakland’s Public Art Advisory Committee, member of Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board, and consultant to the de Young Museum’s Public Programs Department.
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 Angel’s 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 is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and received his BA from Columbia University in Psychology and East Asian Languages & Cultures.
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