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Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Master of Fine Arts

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Bachelor of Fine Arts

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Artist Residency at the Institute of Sustainable Living, Natural Art and Design (ISLAND)

Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Research Development Grant

International Design Clinic Travel Fellowship

Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Scholarship

Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grant

Nominee for Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Emerging Artist of the Year

Samuel Rosenburgh Senior Award

Carnegie Mellon University Senior Leadership Award

Elizabeth Jones Award

Carnegie Mellon University SURG Grant

Augusta Fisher Porter Junior Art Award




2013 Creator and learner, The Exchange Project.
       :The Exchange Project began in 2010 as an on-going exploration into tacit knowledge transferal, informal education, culture and self-
       presentation. Topics that have been explored with individuals of various backgrounds include region-specific culinary skills, technique in
       building lobster traps, a demonstration on how to ‘unkitsch’ greeting cards, interviews on Knowledge Management, and surviving on the

2011 Project collaborator and exhibition curator, Spontaneous La Paz, an exhibition at the Museo San Francisco, La Paz, Bolivia.
       :Bolivia 2011: Redesigning Education [IDC] is an on-going International Design Clinic project that partners with local citizens and non-
       profits to redesign education with children working on the streets of La Paz. The exhibition titled Spontaneous La Paz featured the group’s
       latest ideas in research, prototype design, and engagement during our time in La Paz.

2009 Creator and organizer, 2009 Printmakers in Residence Scheme, Hong Kong Graphics Society, Hong Kong.
       :The Residence Scheme was a one-year partnership between the Hong Kong Graphics Society and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. It
       was designed to promote the appreciation and understanding of printmaking in Hong Kong, and to encourage artistic exchange among
       local and regional printmakers in Taiwan, Macau and Malaysia.


Solo exhibitions

2006 Threads, Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2006 Ephemeral City, Gold Dome Multicultural Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2005 Made in Motherland, Carnegie Mellon University, University Center Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2004 Goldfish Ride, Zebra Lounge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Selected group exhibitions

2014 Interchage, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

2012 2nd and 3rd year Exhibition, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

2011 In Progress: MFA in Studio Art, Fox Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

2011 Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Education Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (collaborator)

2011 Kickin' Back: Design for Leisure, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (collaborator)

2010 New, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware

2010 An Odyssey, Columbia University, New York City, New York

2010 Carrying Across, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2010 Small Architecture, Big Landscape, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana (collaborator)

2010 Invitational Exhibition, Central MTR Art Tube, Hong Kong

2010 Annual Invitational, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009 Heartstrings {Artist in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV}, Homantin Plaza, Hong Kong

2009 Heartstrings {Artist in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV}, Exhibition Hall, The Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2009 Transcendence, Mobart Gallery, The Drawing Room, Hong Kong

2008 Artist in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV Launching Exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2007 Hong Kong Graphics Society 2007 Print Exhibition, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shaw College, Hong Kong

2007 Crossing Boundaries, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong

2006 Annual Exhibition, Chautauqua Institution, Logan Gallery, Chautauqua, New York

2006 Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, Regina G. Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2006 Awards Exhibition, SURG Grant, University Center Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2006 27th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Columbia College, Larson Gallery, Columbia, Missouri

2005 Afterlivelihood, The Frame Gallery, 2-person collaborated exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2005 Prinstallation, The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2005 InExchange, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

2005 The Love Show, The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2004 Hong Kong Identity, A Self Portrait, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

2002 Horror! Cultural Shock, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong



  Reading Specialist , Pathways Foundation, Hong Kong, 2008- present
  Research assistant, Pokit Consulting Ltd., Hong Kong, 2008- present
  Artist Educator , International Baccalaureate- Diploma Level in Visual Arts, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, 2006-07
  Scientific illustrator intern, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh , PA , 2005-06