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David Chung

Professor and Director of MFA Program
Core Faculty, Center for Korean Studies


Photograph of David Chung


Curriculum Vitae
  • M.F.A., George Mason University, 2002
  • B.F.A., University of Virginia, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, 1988

Born in Bonn, Germany, and educated in the United States, Y. David Chung is a visual artist and filmmaker known for his films, multi-media installations, drawings, prints, and public artworks. He began his career as an animator and filmmaker-experiences that ultimately led to installations combining new digital imaging technologies with traditional drawing and printmaking.

Chung’s recent documentary film, Koryo Saram, co-directed with Matt Dibble won the Best Documentary Award from the National Film Board of Canada.

Chung has been artist-in-residence at Duke University, Williams College, Wellesley College, the University of California Berkeley, and the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been commissioned to design permanent artwork for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority and the New York City Public Art Program.

Chung’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Asia Society, the Walker Arts Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Project Rowhouses, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gwangju Bienniale, the Tretyakov Gallery of Art (Moscow), the Williams College Museum of Art, and in a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Chung has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in New Genres, the Washington Mayor’s Art Award, the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund-Artist at Giverny Fellowship, two Artslink Collaborative Projects Fellowships (Kazakhstan), the Rosebud Best of Show Film and Video Award (with Matt Dibble). Chung received a Michigan Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities, 2009-2010.

In 2013, David Chung was the Kim Koo Visiting Professor at Harvard University with the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.