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Artist: Sam Chung

Artist: Sam Chung
Sam Chung, ARIZONA
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I work within the context of the vessel to exploit its universal identity and impart my own vision of merging historical, contemporary and cultural influences. I am curious about finding relationships between various forms of creative expression ranging from art, traditional craft to design. When I combine these oftentimes disparate relationships, they bring forth a new object that is intended to provoke one’s perception of what is familiar versus what is new.

My most recent work draws influence from Korean art and design. Clouds are a
ubiquitous symbol depicted in traditional Korean art. I am interested in the way in which clouds represent a phenomenon that is constantly in flux. Their nature to morph and adapt is similar to the way in which I relate to my own floating sense of identity. These cultural references are intended to serve as an anchor to point towards my own ethnic lineage, but also question my perception of belonging within or outside of it.

Sam Chung is an Arizona-based ceramic artist. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and a BA degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs, he worked as a special post-bac student at the University of Minnesota. He taught at Northern Michigan University from 1998-2007 and is now teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe as an associate professor of ceramics.

Sam has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at Harvey Meadows, Duane Reed, Tansey Contemporary, Gallery IMA, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Santa Fe Clay, Ann Linnemann Gallery (Denmark), AKAR, Greenwich House Pottery, etc. Sam’s work is included in the collections of The Crocker Art Museum (CA), Icheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard (Denmark) and San Angelo Museum (TX). He has also presented numerous lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.

2014 Sam Chung: Skyscapes, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 Float, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2011 Place/Setting, Greenwich House Pottery-Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, New York

Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa

Sam Chung, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa.

Sam Chung: Contained Places, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York


Sam Chung: The Language of Line and Function, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa.


Sam Chung - Hard/Soft: Porcelain Forms, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusetts.

Sam Chung, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

2017 There is No Beginning, There is No End, Ruth Borgenicht & Sam Chung, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2016 Sam Chung, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington, DC

2015 Far and Familiar: Steven Lee, Sam Chung and Sun Koo Yuh, Duane Reed Gallery, St.Louis, MO

2014 Planes of Clay: Gerd Hiort Peterson & Sam Chung, Ann Linneman Studio Gallery, Copehnagen, Denmark

2013 Cumulus Dreams, Sam Chung / Christa Assad, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO

2010 Comicalramics, (Sam Chung, Meredith Host, Kevin Snipes), Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

Sam Chung/Christa Assad, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

Beauty Sandwich, Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Form + Function: New Works by Sam Chung and Kristen Kieffer, Invitational, Two- Person Show, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland


Sam Chung and Virginia Scotchie, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

2018 Spring Tour: There and Back Again, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, based in
Carbondale, CO

2017 State of the Art: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Giertz Gallery
at Parkland College, Champaign, IL

New Work by Sam Chung, Anne Currier, Randy Johnston, Chris Gustin, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Invitational, Aspen, CO

Annual American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

LA Art Show, Art Fair, Represented by Tansey Contemporary (Santa Fe, NM), LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Agape Art, International Artist 2017 Exhibition, Terminal 21 Korat Mall, Nakhon
Ratchasima, Thailand

2016 Focus: VESSEL/The Vessel in Ceramics and Porcelain, 8th Ceramics Talent Award of the

Naussauische Sparkasse/2016, Juried, Keramik Museum Westerwald, Höhr-
Grenzhausen, Germany

SOFA-Sculptural Objects, Functional Art+Design Art Fair, Represented by Tansey

Contemporary (Santa Fe, NM) Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

40th Anniversary Show, Invitational, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Maximum Craft, Invitational, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

The 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, International Juried, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea

Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

The Mindful Making of Tea, Invitational, Special Exhibit organized by Anderson Ranch Arts Center, SOFA-Sculptural Objects, Functional Art+Design Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, International Juried, Michael Seiler Gallery, Zanesville, OH

Anderson Ranch: Mentoring Artistic Excellence, Invitational, SOFA-Sculptural Objects, Functional Art+Design Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

50 from 6: Contemporary Ceramic Art from Six Rocky Mountain States, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

Pottery by Design, Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Spins on Blue and White, Invitational, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA

New Century Modern, Invitational, Traveling Exhibition, The University Galleries, TX

State University, San Marcos, TX, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX

Earth & Alchemy, Invitational, Bakalar & Paine Galleries - MassArt, Boston, Massachusettes

The Language of Line, Invitational, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Black and White, invitational, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, Montana


Tea for Two, Invitational, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy

2011 NCECA Biennial, International Juried, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida

Alchemy: From Dust to Form, National Juried, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida


The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of Ceramics, Invitational, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

The Defining Edge, Invitational, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina


The Form of Function, Invitational, Kirkaldn Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington

Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative, Invitational, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire-Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Functional Variations, Invitational, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Exquisite Pots: Six Degrees of Collaboration, Invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rising Stars - 10 Yers, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri


Ceramics for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, International, Juried, New Fiera
Milane Exhibition Center - MACEF International Home Show, Collaboration with Peter Pless (product designer) on Cup & Saucer Design, Milan, Italy


Tactile Appeal, Invitational, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon

30/30, Invitational, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois


Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art, Invitational, organized by NCECA, Taipei County Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition, Juried, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland.

Fête 05 Tour de Clay, Invitational, NCECA Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.


Asian American Ceramics, Invitational, Kentucky Museum of Arts+Design, Louisville, Kentucky.

Service: An Unconventional Approach, Invitational, Chester Springs Center for the Visual Arts, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Invitational, Parkland College – Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois.


21st Century Ceramics, Invitational, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio.

The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea, International Competition, Juried, Incheon World Ceramic Center, Honorable Mention, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

SOFA New York, Invitational, 7th Regiment Armory, work represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri), New York, New York.


American Pottery Festival, Invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Edinboro University National Ceramics Invitational, Invitational, Bruce Gallery-Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania.


Contemporary Chamber Pot Exhibition, Invitational, The Pottery Workshop, Hong Kong, China.

25 Select 25, Invitational, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

National Clay Invitational, Invitational, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina.


SOFA Chicago, Invitational, Navy Pier, work represented by
Gallery Materia (Scottsdale, Arizona), Chicago, Illinois.

Emerging Artists, Invitational, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Spirit of Porcelain, Invitational, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute- Fine Arts Department Gallery, Jingdezhen, China.

Sidney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Award, International Juried, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia.

A Touch of Porcelain, Invitational, Traveling Exhibition: Red Rocks Community College, Denver, Colorado, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.


Teapot Invitational, Invitational, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California.

SOFA New York, Invitational, 7th Regiment Armory, work represented by Gallery Materia (Scottsdale, Arizona), New York, New York.

Porcelain, Invitational, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Sidney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Award, International Juried, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia.


Domestic Pottery Exhibition, Invitational, Gallery Materia - The Hand and The Spirit, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lidded Forms/Contained Spaces, Invitational, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan.


Arizona Biennial ‘97, Juried, Tucson Museum of Art, Catherine Lancaster Award, Tucson, Arizona.

Graduate Ceramics, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Joanne Rapp Gallery - The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, Arizona.

NCECA Regional Student Show, Juried, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada


New Generation Graduate Exhibition, Juried, Shaw/Guido Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan.

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juried, Market House Craft Center, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Container/Containment, Invitational, National Society of Arts & Letters, Laumeir Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, and Shemer Art Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona.


Witchita National, Juried, Witchita Art Center, Witchita Kansas.

Bacchus Vessels, Invitational, San Francisco Folk Art and Craft Museum, San Francisco, California.

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark
World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Arizona State University Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
Shepparton Art Gallery - La Trobe University, Shepparton, Australia
Sky Harbor International Airport, Ceramics Collection, Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
University of Arkansas Fullbright Ceramics Collection, Fayetteville, AK
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

2016 Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
2014 The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
2013 International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

2009 The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
The Pottery Workshop and Experimental Factory, Jingdezhen, China
Resident Artist, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark\
Resident Artist, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine
Resident Artist, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

1994-1997 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, School of Art, Master of Fine Arts Degree (M.F.A.) - Ceramics.

1988-1992 Northfield, Minnesota, Department of Art
Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) - Studio Art, Concentration - Ceramics

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