Hong Zhang, MA '02 (Art Studio)
Artist shows exhibit with sister at University Library Gallery
Hong Zhang was born in Shenyang, China, to an artistic family. At the age of fifteen, Hong and her twin sister, Bo, won a national competition to attend a prestigious high school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1994, Hong received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Chinese Painting from the Academy. Hong came to America in 1996 with her twin sister to expand her education in fine arts. Hong completed a Master of Arts degree at Sac State in 2002 as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree at UC Davis in 2004.
She has been recognized with a Skowhegan Residency Scholarship, a Dedalus Foundation Fellowship and a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. Her work is in various public and private collections such as the DSL Collection in Paris, the White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection in Sydney, Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas and the Ministry of Culture of China in Beijing. Hong has exhibited her work in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Asia Society Texas Center, Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art Norway, the Third Chengdu Biennial in China and the Chinese National Art Museum in Beijing. Currently, Zhang lives and works as a full-time artist in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband and daughter.
Zhang and her two sisters showed an exhibit called, "Three Sisters Bound to the Elements" at the Sacramento State, University Library Gallery from February through March 2013. The exhibit featured works dealing with three elements: water, earth and wood. The elements describe the state of nature and the interconnected relationship between the individual elements. Wood grows in earth, the earth absorbs the water and wood needs water to grow. The elements are bound together. Thus, like the three elements, the individual works of the three sisters are bound together in one exhibition.
This article was originally published by the Sacramento State University Library Gallery.