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Kai Chan

kaichan@interlog.com


EDUCATION

1981 Interchange, The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta.
1970 Graduated from Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario - Interior Design
1963 Graduated from Chung Chi College, Hong Kong, China - Biology

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
( * indicates catalogue )

2003      Buddha's Eyes, an installation at Canada Quay, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
2002-03 Prix Saidye Bronfman Award 2002, Canadian Museum of Civilization , Hull, Québec.
2001-03 Rainbow Lakes, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, touring to Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery,
             Halifax, Nova Scotia; Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; Museum London, London, Ontario;
             Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborugh, Ontario; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
             and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. *
2000      Can You See Me Now, Prime Gallery, Toronto
1999      Against Nature, Galerie Elena Lee, Montréal, Québec.
             To the East, To the West, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
1998      Pomegranates, Prime Gallery, Toronto.
1996      In Search of Paradise, The Library & Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario. *
1993      To Catch the Invisible, Prime Gallery, Toronto.
             New Work , Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec.
1991      A Thousand Winds, an installation at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
1990      Toy-Ornament-Body-Head-Mind, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
             Function/Non-function, Gallery Lynda Greenberg, Ottawa, Ontario.
1989      Amsterdam-Toronto, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Netherland.
             Home Ornaments, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
             Solo, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario.
             Solo, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario.
             Solo, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec.
1987      Kai Chan - New Work, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto. *
             Basket Forms, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
1986      Solo, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario.
             New Work, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
1985      Uitagave Museum Het Kruithuis, ŒS-Hertogenbosch, Netherland.
             Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Netherland.
1984      Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
1975      Brampton Public Library and Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario.
1973-76 Merton Gallery, Toronto (1973, 75, 76).

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2003      Between Line & Form, the Art Gallery of Ottawa, Ottawa.
2002      Shift, Uncommon Objects at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
             Found Object/Gentle Transformations, Case Studies at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
             A Gift of Friendship Tribute Exhibition Honouring Justice and Friendship Between Two Great People at the site of the
             Jewish Refugee Memorial Hall of Shanghai Ohel Moishe Synagogue, Shanghai, China -
             Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, Toronto.
2001      The 10th International Triennial of Tapestry Lodz 2001, Poland.
             Maskerade, the 25th Anniversary of Galerie Ra. Galerie Ra and touring.
             Duologue, Case Studies at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
             Tribute to Issey Miyake, Uncommon Objects at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2000      Walk in the Woods, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
             Miniatures: 2000, Helen Drutt: Philadelphia
             Wearable Sculpture, touring exhibition organized by the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts,
             from the Museum of Decorative Arts_ collection.
1998      Brooching It Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright, Helen Drutt: Philadelphia, traveling to Het Kruithuis,
             Œs-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands; Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. *
             Echoes of the Past, Visions for the Future, Israel at 50 Pavilion, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
             Fibreworks, The Library & Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
1997      Common Space, International Art Exhibition , Pezinok, Slovakia. *
             Between Sense and Place, The Winchester Gallery, University of Southampton, UK *
1996      20 Years Ra, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam. *
             The 11th International Miniature Textile Biennial Exhibition, Art Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely, Hungary.
1995      8th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland. *
             Poussieres d_hiver, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec.
             The Holiday Collection, The Craft Gallery, Toronto.
             Artist Bookworks, David Mirvish Books On Art, Toronto.
             Black + White, Prime Gallery, Toronto.
             34th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto.
1994      Contemporary Canadian Artists, University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Michigan.
             Fibreworks, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario
             Gold From Straw, Internationales Schmucksyomposion, Koln, Germany. *
             The Good Wood Show, Open Studio, Toronto.
             33rd Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto.
1993      Within the Shadow of the Sun, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
             In Our Hands, Gallery Maronie, Kyoto, Japan. *
             The 7th Montreal Biennial of Tapestry, Montréal, Québec. *
1992      A Treasury of Canadian Craft, The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, British Columbia.*
             Fibreworks, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
             Of Power, Magic and Memory: Contemporary International Jewellery, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington.
1991      The Banquet Table, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Holland. *
             Form & Structure: Basketry as Sculptural Form, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario.
             6th Montreal Contemporary Tapestry Biennial, St.Hyacinthe, Québec. *
             Art at the Grassroots, Erindale College Art Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario.
1990      Schmuckszene _90, Munchen, Germany.
             Fibreworks, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
             String from Earth to Saturn, an installation with Dorothy Caldwell, Artspace,Peterborough, Ontario. *
1989      Ornamental I, Schmuchmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany. *
             Basketry Interpretations, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto. *
             Directions: From Historical Sources, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto. *
             Ontario Craft Œ89, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto.
             Contemporary Canadian Jewellery, Roz MacAllen Gallery, Brisbane and touring Queensland, Australia.
1988      Schmuckszene Œ88, Munich, Germany*
             5th Montreal Contemporary Tapestry Biennial, Galerie Lavalin, Montréal, Québec*
             Fibreworks, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
1987      Schmuck-Zeichen am Koroper, Francisco Carolinum, Linz, Austria. *
             Beyond the Object, Saskatchewan Craft Council, toured Canada. *
             Sculpture 1987, Galerie Daniel, Montréal, Québec.
             Paper Present, touring exhibition in Tasmania, Australia. *
             Wearable Work, Edmonton Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta. *
             Fibreart - Hands Across the Border, Buffalo, New York.
1986      10 Years Ra, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Netherland. *
             3 Jewellers, Galerie Elena Lee, Montréal, Québec.
             Contemporary Fibre Construction, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto.
             1st Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto.
             Connections - Works in Fiber, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
             Bodyworks - A Selection of Contemporary Jewellery , Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. *
             Prime Fabric Art: Points of View, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
             Woven Vessels, Brampton Public Library and Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario.
             Here & Now - Canadian Fibre Art, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario*
1985      International Jewellery, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. *
             Three Canadian Artists/Jewellers, Electrum Gallery, London, England.
             12th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Art, Lausanne,
             Switzerland, and toured in Scandinavia. *
             Jewellery/Jewelry, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto.
             Body Works and Wearable Sculpture, Visual Arts Centre of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska. *
             Old Fields, New Paths, touring exhibition by the Department of External Affairs, Canada.
1984      Works on a Personal Scale, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, Ontario.
             Art by Design, Canada House, London, England; toured UK. *
             Work in Fibre, Glendon Gallery, Toronto.
             Fibre/Art/Fusion, Centennial Gallery, Oakville, Ontario. *
             Contemporary Jewellery - The Americans, Australia, Europe and Japan, The National Museum of Modern Art,
             Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. *
             Celebration Œ84: A Sense of Occasion, Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto. *
1983      Jewellery in Transition, Prime Canadian Crafts, Toronto.
             About Space, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto.
1982      Jewellery Redefined, the 1st International Exhibition of Multi-media Non-Precious Jewellery, 1982,
             British Crafts Centre, London, England. *
             Canada Mikrokosma: An Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Tapestries, Barbican Centre for Arts and Conferences, London,
             and toured to: Palacio de Cristal, Madrid; Textilmuseum, Krefeld; Nordjyllands Kunstmusem, Copenhagen and in Canada. *
1981      Aspects of Sculpture, Ontario College of Art, Toronto.
             Chan & Loh, Gallery Amerasia, Washington, DC.
1976      100 Years of the Ontario College of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. *
1974      Tribute to the Ontario College of Art, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto. *
1973      Textile into 3-D, Extension Services of Art Gallery of Ontario, toured Ontario. *
1972      Make, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto. *
             Kai Chan & Dale Dunning, Merton Gallery, Toronto.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003         Designed and installed: The Artful Teapot. The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
                Designed: Islands of Embellishment:Transforming Traditions in Philippine Textiles, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto. 2002                 Designed and installed: Ceramic Modernism:Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Their Legacy.
                The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
                Part-time teaching at Ontario college of Art and Design, Toronto
2001         Designed and installed: Earth Works The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
                Part-time teaching at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.
2000         Designed and installed: Canada - Clay Today, and Seduced by Colour: The New Maiolica,
                The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
1999-2002 Teaching Artist for Learning Through the Arts (LTTA)
1999         Designed and installed: Toronto Collects: Contemporary Ceramics,
                The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
                Curator: Up: The Annual Craft Studio Exhibition, York Quay Gallery,
                Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
1998         Winner of the commission for the Mayor_s Recognition Competition ,
                Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.
                Artists_ Talks, The Gendai Gallery Committee Presents, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto.
                Instructor, Site Specific, Sheridan College of Art and Design, Oakville, Ontario.
                Instructor, Basic Design, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto.
1997         International Creators - lecture and workshop, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
                Visual Arts leader in Introduction to Integrated Arts, The Ontario Arts Education Institute, Toronto.
                Designed and installed White On White: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics,
                The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.
                Designed and installed Fishing Baskets of Asia Pacific, a touring exhibition - an initiative of Canada_s Year of Asia Pacific,
                organized by Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
                Juror for the Annual Exhibition of Crafts, The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Ontario.
1996         Invited artist in open studios, Sympo-Fibre International de Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec.
                Designed and installed, with Anne West, Walter Ostrom - the Advocacy of Pottery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax,
                Nova Scotia.
                Selected participant by Ministry of Canadian Heritage for Canada/China Cultural Study Tour.
                Instructor: Children_s Creative Creations, Haliburton School of Fine Arts, Haliburton, Ontario.
1994         Visiting artist : Nova Scotia College of Art And Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1993         Designed and installed, Narratives in Cloth: Embroidered Textiles from Aomori, Japan, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.
1992         Instructor: Art Fabric Design Workshop, Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Co-curator: Poke Out Her Eyes and Other Stories,
                Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.
                Juror for Fibrework, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
1991         Instructor: Collaboration - Craft and Architecture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
                Red Glide- commissioned for the office of Yabu/Pushelberg, Toronto.
1990         Selected artist: The Fabric Workshop at Harbourfront, Toronto.
                Visiting artist - Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario.
                Instructor: Fibre Explorations, Ontario College of Art, Toronto.
1989         Visiting artist: Colour Xerox Centre, Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto.
                Workshop and lecture: New Brunswick Craft School, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
                Instructor: Fibre Construction, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, Oakville, Ontario.
                Lecture: Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, Netherland.
                Workshop: Paper and Fibre, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.
                Invited to be member of the Contemporary Gallery Committee, (resigned January, 2000) Museum for Textiles, Toronto.
1987         Lecture: Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, Mississauga, Ontario.
                Workshop: Basketry Focus_87, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
                Lecture: Surfacing Œ87, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
                Juror for Festival of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
1986         Critique and lecture: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
                Workshop: Fibre Sculpture, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.
                Lecture and workshop: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
                Lecture Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
                Lecture: State University of New Work, New Paltz, New York.
1985         Visiting artist: The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta.
1984-2002 Artist-in-Education program to : North York, Peel, Brant, Peterborough Region and Toronto Board of Education,
                and to Inner City Angels, Toronto.
1971-1980 Phoenix Design Association, Toronto - designer.
1970-1974 Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto - guest designer.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Sue Rowley, Reinventing Textiles, Telos Art Publishing, 1999
Gil McEloroy, Kai Chan: Rainbow Lakes, Espace, #63, Spring 2003
Robin Metcalfe, The Go-Between, Ontario Craft, Winter 2002
Stuart Reid, _...here/there, east/west, up/down, heaven/earth_: The Work of Kai Chan, OCAD Sketch, Fall, 2002
R. M. Vaughan, Rewind - Kai Chan: Rainbow Lakes, Canadian Art, Fall 2002
Sue Rowley, Reinventing Textiles, Telos Art Publishing, 1999
Ingrid Bachmann, Kai Chan: Pomegranates, Fiberarts, Sept./Oct. 1998.
Susan Warner Keene, A Line Is A Point In Motion, Ontario Craft, Summer, Œ98.
Janet Koplos, Art & Textiles, World Wide Webs, Art in America, Feb.,1996.
John E. Vollmer, Encounters with Narrative, Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft.
Canadian Museum of Civilization with the Institute for Contemporary Canadian Craft, 1994.
John E. Vollmer, Kai Chan to Catch the Invisible, Ontario Craft, Spring, 1994.
Martina Margetts, International Crafts, Thames & Hudson, London, 1994.
Diana Reitberger, Kai Chan: Lines of Communication, Metalsmith, Fall, 1987.
Robert Everett-Green, Fibreart Branches into Sculpture, The Globe and Mail, August 2, 1986.
Barbara Cartlidge, Twentieth Century Jewelry, Harry N. Abrams Inc. New York, 1985.
Peter Dormer and Ralph Turner, The New Jewelry, Trends and Traditions, Thames and Hudson, London, 1985.
James Evans, A History of Contemporary Canadian Jewellery, Metalsmith, Spring, 1985.
Helen Duffy, Gesture and Form - The Enigmatic Objects of Kai Chan, Ontario Craft, Spring, 1985.
Jeanne Parkin, Art in Architecture, Visual Arts Ontario, 1982.

AWARDS

aidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts [2002]
Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award (1998)
Ontario Arts Council Crafts Grant (1983, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 97, 99, 2000, 2001)
Ontario Arts Council Artist-in-Education Grant (1987, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 2001)
Canada Council Crafts A-Grant (1996. 2002 )
Canada Council Crafts Project Grant (1997)
Canada Council Project Grant (1986, 1995)
Canada Council Arts B-Grant (1984, 1994)
Canada Council Travel Grant (1985)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Québec.
The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway.
The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario.
The Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario.
The Art Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely, Hungary.
Mississauga Living Arts Centre, (Commission).
Holt Renfrew, Toronto, (Commission).