Christine Wong Yap uses social practice, drawing, printmaking, and publishing to explore dimensions of psychological wellbeing, such as belonging, interdependence, and collaboration. She partners with organizations to conduct participatory research projects whose outcomes include site-specific, public artworks, zines, and books. She has participated in over a dozen residencies and studio programs. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has lived and worked in Queens, NY since 2010.
Christine Wong Yap holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester U.K.), as well as in Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Manila; and Poland.
Her work has been supported by the Queens Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.
She is currently a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2019-2020
Workspace artist-in-residence. In 2018–2019, she was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at U.C. Berkeley. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester U.K.), the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Woodstock Byrdcliffe (Woodstock, NY), Tides Institute and Museum of Art (Eastport, ME), Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), Harvester Arts (Wichita, KS), c3:initiative (Portland, OR), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Governor’s Island, NY), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), Center for Book Arts (NYC), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque, NM), and Little Paper Planes (San Francisco, CA).
Reviews of her work have appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Art Practical. Her work has also appeared on Oprah.com, NewYorker.com, Artforum.com, NYMag.com, KQED Arts, The Guardian (UK), Oakland Tribune, the East Bay Express, and SFMOMA’s Open Space blog. She has contributed to books published by Montez Press, INCA Press, Workman Publishing, New Press, Routledge, and New York University Press.
Born in California, she was a longtime resident of Oakland, CA before relocating to Queens, NY in 2010.
Public Projects & Commissions
Born in California
Lives and works in New York, NY
MFA. California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA.
BFA with High Distinction. CCA, San Francisco, CA.
Selected Public Projects
, Chinatown Arts & Culture Coalition and Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA. Art, Culture, and Belonging in Chinatown
Messages for the City. Times Square Arts with For Freedoms, Poster House, & Print Magazine. Times Square, New York, NY & Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. 2019–
Color Factory contributing artist/collaborator, New York & NY Houston, TX. 2017
public artwork, Bay Meadows, San Mateo, CA. Guiding Stars 2014
The Pictures Full of Happiness (mobile billboard exhibition), Galeria Rusz, Kujawsko-Pomorskie region, Poland. 2012
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art 2010
, Here & Now Invisible
Venue / Mills
Art Museum, Oakland, CA. Curated by Christian L. Frock. [ catalog] 2007
FRED festival, Cumbria, UK.
Solo Shows and Projects
, Portland ‘Pataphysical Society & PDX Contemporary, Portland, OR. The Eve Of...
All the Steps in the Process: a research project on collaboration, Harvester Arts, Wichita, KS. 2014
, Pop-up Gallery/Falchi Building, Long Island City, NY. The Eve Of... 2012
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK. 2010
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), Sight School, Oakland, CA. Selected Group Exhibitions
, Sheboygan, WI. Curated by Shannon Stratton. Between You and Me, John Michael Kohler Art Center
, San Francisco Center for the Book. Curated by Maymanah Farhat. Poetry Is Not a Luxury 2019
, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Curated by Maymanah Farhat. Poetry Is Not a Luxury 2018
, Queens Museum, Queens, NY. Curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas and Baseera Khan. Queens International 2018: Volumes
, CCA Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Take Action
Political Birthdays, Dream Farm Commons, Oakland, CA. Curated by Susannah Magers.
Into Action, 1726 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
, 714 Broadway, New York, NY. Forward Union Fair
, CCC Design Store, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Alice Wu. Free Trade
, Center for Book Arts, NYC. Curated by Alexander Campos. Workspace Artists in Residence
, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Gabriel de Guzman. Disarming Geometries
Social Energies, Legion, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Alice Wu.
, INCA, Seattle, WA. Forms + Public 2016
, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Appro-propagation
, The Luminary Arts, St. Louis, MO. Document V
, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Artists’ Annual 2015
, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY. Curated by Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier.
, International Print Center New York, NYC, NY. Organized by Published by the Artist Erik Hougen.
Rummage, Presented by Whitney Lynn, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Material Practices in the Everyday, Artery Art Space, Quezon City, Phillipines.
(a project I initiated and organized with 45 artists’ contributions), Make Things (Happen) Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Most Likely To Succeed, Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2014
, Nathan Cummings Foundation & NYU Tisch Galleries, New York, NY. Curated by Social In Practice: The Art of Collaboration Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas.
Earthtwerks & Other Celestial Familiars, SideCar, Hammond, IN. 2013
, Montalvo Arts Center Project Space Gallery, Saratoga, CA. Curated by Donna Conwell. Happiness Is...
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY. Summertime...
, Montalvo Arts Center Park Grounds, Saratoga, CA. Come Healing
Obsolete Californias, Shipping & Receiving at Storefront Lab, San Francisco, CA. 2012
Nomad, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. Voices of Home
, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. In Other Words 2011
/ Enter a Small Room Arranged for this Purpose: Part Three , Peering Sideways Untitled Gallery / Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK.
, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA. Negative Space
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York and San Francisco. Summer Selections
, Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK. Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson. Re-Covering
, As Is Exhibitions, Oakland, CA. Curated by Brandon Holmes. The Beautiful Kiosk
The Black Portrait, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Hank Willis Thomas & Natasha L. Logan.
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Courtney Johnson.
Procedural, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA. Curated by Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour.
Portraiture: Inside Out, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. 2010
, a project by Stephanie Syjuco. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Shadowshop
, We have as much time as it takes Wattis
Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA. Curated by CCA's Graduate
Program in Curatorial Practice. [ catalog]
Unrealised Potential, Cornerhouse,
Manchester, UK. Curated by Mike
Chavez-Dawson with Sam Ely & Lynn Harris ( Unrealised Projects).
Lending Library, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery,
San Francisco, CA. Curated by Dena Beard.
Living. 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA. Curated by Brandon Drew Holmes.
So Many Products, So Little Time, Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Curated by Andy Vogt & Sarah Smith.
Hello! My Name is..., Invisible
Venue, College Art Association
Conference, Chicago, IL. Presented by Christian L. Frock.
Chain Reaction 11, San
Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Nominated by Glen Helfand. 2009
, Palimpsests Tarryn
Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Elizabeth Williams.
Exercises in Seeing, Queen's Nails Projects, San Francisco,
CA. Curated by the Post Brothers.
Exposure, San Francisco, CA. [ catalog]
Involved, Socially, Triple
San Francisco, CA. Curated by Michelle Blade. [ publication]
The Kiss of a Lifetime, Vane, Newcastle, UK and Bearspace, London, U.K. Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson.
Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art, De
Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA. 2008
Dark Into Light, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA. Solo project.
Sorry!, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Activist Imagination, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA. [catalog]
Shifted Focus, Kearny
Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
, Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition YBCA, San Francisco, CA. 2007
Moving Cultures, Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA.
, Galleon Trade Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines. Curated by Jenifer K. Wofford.
, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Centennial Graduate Exhibition
Beats per Minute: Contemporary Artists Influenced by Craft and Folk Art Practices, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Julio Cesar Morales.
, Supermarket 2007 Koh-i-noor booth, Copenhagen.
Oliver Art Center, Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried by Julie Joyce and Jo Lauria. Alumni at the Centennial, 2006
Immediate Futures, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Print Exchange, Osaka University of Arts, Japan & Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA. Catalog.
, Home Kearny Street Workshop / Space 180, San Francisco, CA.
, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Han Pham and Fling Derek Chung. 2005
CirCA Now. Oakland Museum
Restaurant Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried exhibition; jurors included Phil Linhares and Karen Tsujimoto.
Justice Matters, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
, Oakland, CA. Bayennale 2004
Paper Bullets. Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
APAture. Kearny Street Workshop / SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Kaleidoscope. Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Coasticated. Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2003
To Conjure a Language. ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Visible Resistance. Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA.
and Silence. Kearny
Street Workshop / SomArts
Gallery, San Francisco, CA. [catalog] 2002
Magician's Day Off. Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA.
Roots. Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.
War! What is it Good For? Asian Resource Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2001
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
Limited Edition. Kearny Street Workshop / Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Oakland, CA. 2000
17 Women. Juice Design, San Francisco, CA.
Asian Resource Gallery, Oakland, CA. 1999
Y2K. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA.
Limner Gallery, New York, NY. University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Juried Annual. Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA.
Beyond Borders. V.U. Gallery, Bellingham, WA.
Alameda County Art Collection, CA.
The Center for Book Arts, NYC.
Residencies, Fellowships & Studio Programs
Artist in Residence.
, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York, NY. Workspace 2018
Inaugural Artist in Residence.
Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 2017
Inaugural Artist in Residence.
Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM. Artist in Residence.
Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA. 2016
. Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Kala Fellowship Award
. Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Workspace Artist-in-Residence 2015
Artist in Residence.
Process Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Governor’s Island, NY. Artist in Residence.
c3:studio residency, c3:initiative. Portland, OR. Artist in Residence.
Harvester Arts. Wichita, KS. 2014
AIM (formerly Artists in the Marketplace), Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. 2013
Artist in Residence. StudioWorks.
Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME. 2012
Artist in Residence.
Lucas Artists Program. Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA. 2011
Artist in Residence. Byrdcliffe Art Colony,
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY. 2009
Artist in Residence.
Breathe, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (formerly the Chinese Arts Centre), Manchester, UK.
Affiliate Artist. Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA.
Grants, Awards & Honors
Grant. Queens Arts Fund,
Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY. 2011
Travel and Study Grant. Jerome
Investing in Artists grant recipient. Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco. 2007
(with Bob Hsiang, lead artist Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Kearny Street Workshop). Fund for New Work Grant Creative
Work Fund. San Francisco.
Bob Hsiang, lead artist Donna Keiko Ozawa and Kearny Street Workshop). Fund for Artists Matching Commissions Grant San Francisco Foundation. 2006
, Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts San Francisco Foundation. Juried by Anuradha Vikram, Julio Morales and Jerome Reyes. 2005
Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship, CCA, San Francisco. 2003
Local Hero. KQED Youth Media Corps. San Francisco. 2002
Sister of Fire Award. Women of Color Resource
Center. Oakland, CA. 2000
Local Hero. Best of the Bay Awards, San
Francisco . Bay Guardian 1999
Grant. Active Element Foundation. New York.
Selection Panel Member.
, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. New Glass Review 41 Selection Panel Member.
2020 c3:letterpress residency program, c3:initiative, Colton, OR. 2019
Selection Panel Member.
2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence program, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 2018
Selection Panel Member.
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art Juror.
, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA. LPP+ Residency Program 2017
Selection Panel Member.
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art 2016
Selection Panel Member.
Workspace Artist-in-Residence. Center for Book Arts. NYC. 2015
Juror. Residency programs.
Signal Fire. Portland, OR. Juror. StudioWorks Residency.
Tides Institute and Museum of Art. Portland, OR. 2014
Ortega y Gasset artists’ collective. Brooklyn, NY. [Oct. 2014–Sept. 2015]
Selection Panel Member.
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art 2013
Selection Panel Member.
Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. 2011
Selection Panel Member.
I’ll Look Forward to It, a project by Oliver Braid for New Work Scotland Programme 2011, Collective, Edinburgh. Contributor.
, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art blog. Open Space 2010–2012
Art Practical. 2010
Art in Odd Places, The Laundromat Project, Flux Factory art auction, New York, NY. Juror.
MFA & Affliate Artist Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. 2009
. An exhibition and exchange between 32
artists and artists’ groups spanning the U.S., U.K., Vienna, Prague,
Hong Kong and Manila. Exhibited within This & That
International Mail Art Swap Involved,
Socially at Triple Base Gallery.
“Why does the U.S. have so many Chinatowns?” National Geographic, September. Sporn, Stephanie.
“Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, and More Craft Digital Works of Gratitude Across NYC.” Galerie Magazine, May 15. Image. —.
“藝術家創作支持華埠 葉黃嘉雯領銜” (Artwork Supporting Chinatown Led by Christine Wong Yap), , June 7. Photo and article. Sing Tao Daily —.
“Buckle Up for a Virtual Culture Road Trip This Weekend.” Bloomberg Philanthropies Blog. May 1. 2019
“In Discussion with Christine Wong Yap.” Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society News Magazine. Spring. Mirsky, Maya.
“It’s official: This Berkeley rabbi’s home is a ‘place of belonging.’” J. Weekly. March 14. Hotchkiss, Sarah.
“Christine Wong Yap Asks: Where Do You Feel a Sense of Belonging?” KQED Arts, February 24. 2018
“Lure of the Local.” Artforum. December 11. Diary on the Queens International. Embuscado, Rain.
“How to Spend the Day Seeing Amazing Art All Over Queens.” New York Magazine. November 21. Harris, Gareth.
“Artists’ campaigns for better pay are picking up pace – but will museums take note?” Apollo Magazine. November 12. 2017
“A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump.” New Yorker. January 18. Takayama, Robynn.
Interview. APEX Express, KPFA 94.1. February 2. Chiragdin, Neil.
“Artists use geometry to convey the shape of things.” Queens Chronicle. Jan 19. 2015
“Make Things (Happen).” East Bay Express. February 25. Jahn, Jeff,
“First Thursday Picks, June 2015,” PORT/PortlandArt.net, June 4. Tudor, Silke.
“DIY Gallery.” SF Weekly. January 28. Varinsky, Dana.
“Emerging Artists Take the Bronx,” Time Out New York, July 15, 2015. —.
Congratulations Pine Tree podcast. Episode 25. February 9. Guest. 2014
“Six Dazzling Messages for a Woman Who Wants More—from Herself.” Oprah.com. June 12. Images. Brook, Pete.
“Exhibition Review: ‘Social Practice: The Art of Collaboration.’” PrisonPhotography.net. June 19. Frock, Christian L.
“Like, Comment, Share: Inside Facebook’s Artist-in-Residence Program.” KQED Arts. August 21. Frock, Christian L.
“W. A. G. E. Against the Machine: Art and the Business of Gettin’ Paid.” KQED Arts. October 22. 2013
“Happiness Is.” Joe's Daughter. May 7. Interview. Helfand, Glen.
“From Saratoga: Happiness Is...” Art Practical. Issue 4.10, February 27. Review. Hunn, Sarrita.
“What Post-Artists Make Happen,” Temporary Art Review. May 14. Essay, information graphic. Sarwari, Khalida,
“ Silicon Valley Happiness Is—well, it's coming to Montalvo,” Mercury News, January 21, 2013. —.
The Aphorists podcast. Episode 7. January 29. Guest. 2012
“Pop-up Art: Christine Wong Yap at Chinese Arts Centre.” Creative Tourist. November 21. Interview, photo. Clark, Robert.
“The Exhibitionist.” The Guardian. October 25. Preview, photo. Giedrys, Grzegorz.
“Billboardy reklamują sztukę wysoką.” Gazeta Toruń. September 1. Preview, photo. Orłowski, Mariusz and Błażej Antonowicz.
“Wielkoformatowi artyści.” Toruń TV. September 18. Interview. —.
“Białoruskie i irańskie billboardy w Toruniu.” Polskie Radio. September 13. —.
Teraz Toruń. September 13. Preview, photo. mp3. 2011
Le Duc, Aimee.
“As Museum Websites Evolve, Will They Draw More Visitors or Replace the Real Thing?” Bay Citizen. April 4. Reyes, Eric Estuar.
“Fictions of Return in Filipino America.” Social Text Vol. 29, No. 2 107. (Summer): 99–117. Sussman, Matt.
“Just Say No.” San Francisco Bay Guardian. Volume 45, Issue 44. August 2. Review. —.
“ Redefinemag.com. June 1. Positive Signs by Christine Wong Yap!” 2010
“Art installations ready for viewing at three
historic sites in Oakland.” Oakland Tribune, May 30. Barich, Steven.
May 12. Interview. Art of Conversation:
Christine Wong Yap.” Braman, Samantha.
“Alumna Christine Wong Yap’s Work is Fueled by Positive Psychology.” California College of the Arts website, News section. October 4. Brier, Jessica.
Reaction 11.” Art Practical. Issue 11, March
25. Brier, Jessica.
Have as Much Time as it Takes.” Art Practical.
Issue 16, June 3. Review and photo. Brown, Brandon.
“ Lending Library.” Open
Space blog, SFMOMA.org. June
17. Mallouk, Elyse.
“ Lending Library.” Art Practical. June
“ San Francisco Involved
Socially: Artists meld
life and art.” Chronicle. F-11. August
20. Review and photo. Ollman, Leah.
“ Los Angeles ‘Palimpsests’:
by Christine Wong Yap, Annie Vought, Cara Barer on exhibit at Tarryn
Teresa Gallery.” Times, October 9.
Review and photo. Sheridan, Sarah Robayo. “Book Reviews.”
A Journal of Photographic Arts, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring/Summer
2009. 43-44. Review of Activist Imagination catalog, photo of curatorial
project. Swanhuyser, Hiya. “ Involved,
Inspiration Name of Game.” SFWeekly.com, August
Profile segment. , Channel M, Manchester, U.K. Aired on October 20. Zeitgeist —,
Interview with Visual Artist Christine Wong Yap. Sprayblog.net,
May 20, 2009. 2008
San Francisco Galleon
Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition.” Chronicle, September 18. Light, Claire.
Review: Christine Wong Yap: KQED.org
website, Arts & Culture section, Visual Arts section. March 9. Activist Imagination.” Nataraj, Nirmala.
“ SFStation.com. April 18. Sorry,
at Frey Norris Gallery.” Ritchie, Andy.
Hop Around Town with Andy Richie— Dark into Light.” Artslant San
Francisco, February 24. —, “Local Artist.” Profile. San Francisco
Guardian. April 16–22, 2008. p. 22. [ PDF,
96 kb] 2007
Dumancas, Pedro. “
Galleon Trade, Fil-Am Exodus Back to the
Motherland,” Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 5. [ PDF,
420 kb] Harmanci, Reyhan.
“ San Francisco Galleon
Trade: Ship Launch!” Chronicle. June 28. Killian, Kevin. “Studio Visit.”
Mirage #4/Period(ical) zine,
Issue #138, February. [ PDF,
48 kb] Meeker, Cheryl. “
2007 Graduate Exhibition.” Stretcher.org. May 11.
New, Jennifer. “Not
by the Book: Reinventing Your Journal.” Photo and brief profile.
DivineCaroline.com. January 8. —, “Artepreneur.”
Angel Journal. March 1.
—, “Creative Work Fund.” Photo. Artweek. September. —, “FRED—An Art Invasion.”
Arts Update 59. Sept./Oct./Nov.
420 kb] 2006
Nguyen Qui Duc. “Asian Americans' Notions of Home.”
Pacific Time, KQED, July 13. [ Audio file at KQED.org] Petty, Matt. Post and lead photo.
Drawing Rally.” SF Gate Culture Blog. Feburary 27. 2005
Olson, Marisa S. Photo with review of exhibition at Intersection for the Arts.
ArtWeek, December 2004 / January 2005. 2003
Hill, Lori. “First Friday Focus.” Philadelphia
City Paper, March 12. Koppman, Debra. “Review:
To Conjure a Language.” Artweek, March. Lin, Serena. “Artists Speak Out Against the War.”
Party Magazine. Issue #13. Ng, Darlene. Local hero public service announcement. KQED.
Sabir, Wanda. “Wanda’s Picks.” San Francisco
Bay View, March 26. Yuen, Jennifer May. “Bay Area Artists Speak out for Peace in New Exhibit.”
AsianWeek, February 28. 2001
Inglis, Titiana Leung. “Young Artists show at the Asia Pacific.” Oakland
Tribune, March 31. —, BLU Magazine. Profile with several photos. The Radical Pacific Issue.
Zoll, Daniel. “Local Hero: Christine Wong.” San Francisco
Bay Guardian, July 26. 1999
Lewis, Andrea. Interview on Oakland Technical High School mural.
The Morning Show, KPFA 94.1. Soong, C.S. Interveiw on two-person exhibition.
Flashpoints, KPFA 94.1.
“From New York: Love Me.” Art Practical. Issue 3.19. July 19. Review of group exhibition at Benrimon Contemporary.
“From the Bronx: This Side of Paradise.” Art Practical. Issue 3.14. May 2. Review of No Longer Empty's exhibition.
“From New York: Infinite Line.” Art Practical. Issue 3.8. February 2. Review of Sarah Sze's exhibition at Asia Society. 2011
.” Residency Projects II Art Practical. Issue 3.2. October 6. Review, Kala Art Institute. Reprinted on KQED Arts. “
.” Under Destruction I & II Art Practical. Issue 2.19. June 16. Review of exhibition at Swiss Institute. Re-printed on , June 30. Daily Serving
“Art Competitions: A Selective Comparison of Applicant Pools, Awards, and Odds.” Temporary Art Review. June 15. Information graphic and essay. Reprinted in Rejected, a collection of rejected letters by artist Tattfoo Tan.
“Portrait of an Artist, Wily and Engaged.” Art Practical. Issue 2.16. May 5. Feature with interviews of three artists and a collaborative.
“From New York: Curtain Call.” Art Practical. Issue 2.13. March 10. Review of Robert de Saint Phalle’s exhibition at Dodge Gallery, NYC.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Art Practical. Issue 2.10.
Jan 28. Feature with interviews of five local and international artists. Reprinted on KQED Arts. 2010
“From New York: Recipes For An Encounter.” Art Practical. Issue 2.2. Sept. 30. Review of group show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, NY.
“From New York: A Bell For Every Minute.” Art Practical. Issue 2.1. Sept. 16. Review of public project by Stephen Vitiello, NYC, NY.
“From New York: Usable Pasts.” Art Practical. Issue 2.1. Sept. 16. Review of group show at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
“Best Of: Christine Wong Yap.” Art Practical. Issue 1.21. Aug. 10. Top ten list.
“ They Knew What They Wanted.” Art Practical. Issue 1.19. June 3. Review of group show at John Berggruen Gallery and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
“ Inventory.” Art Practical. Issue 11. Mar. 25. Review of show by Miriam Böhm at Ratio 3.
“ Jars Filmed Inside.” Art Practical. Issue 16. Jun. 3. Review of show by Elaine Buckholtz at Triple Base Gallery. “
Summer. Jun. 4. Review of show by Carina Baumann and Cliff Hengst at
[2nd floor projects]. Talking Cure Quarterly 2009
Wong Yap, Christine.
“ Primero La Caja.” Art Practical. Dec. 17. Review of show by Pablo Guardiola at Galería de la Raza.
MacPhee, Josh, ed.
. New York: Feminist Press. Contributor. Celebrate People’s History (2nd Edition) Levine, Cara, ed.
. Chicago: Candor Arts & Sming Sming Books. Contributor. This Is Not a Gun 2019
Christine Wong Yap and contributors, Oakland: self-published as artist-in-residence at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Editor, artist, designer, contributing writer. 100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area. 2018
Levine, Cara, ed.
. London: Montez Press. Contributor. This Is Not a Gun Interjection Calendar 2016
Hunn, Sarrita & James McAnally.
. Seattle, WA: INCA Press. Contributor. To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011–2016 Jobin-Leeds, Greg; Hernandez-Vazquez, Dey; Agitarte.
New York: The New Press. Image. When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World. Kennedy, Christopher Lee. “
Let It Decay: Cultural Precarity in the Anthropocene.” Temporary Art Review. October 12. Animated data visualization/commission on the occassion of Common Field convening. Petras, Kathryn and Ross. “ Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day.” Workman Publishing. Quote.
Leong, Michael, ed. “ Lines of Sight: Visual Art in Asian American Poetry.” The Margins. Asian American Writers Workshop. March 3. Art contribution. 2014
. Ortega y Gasset Projects, Ridgewood, NY. January. Drawing. Gazette 2013
. Manchester, UK: Apple Pie Editions. Art contribution. The Dark Would —
“Profile: Walden-Inspired Accounting.” Art Practical. Issue 4.11. March 12. 2011
Guardiola, Pablo and Large, J. Brent, eds.
SetToSignal.com. Essay: “Notes on Object-Viewer Relations.” 2010
Cloutier, Julie, ed.
City Reader. San Francisco: Reading Conventions, 2010. Art contribution. Frock, Christian L. and Hanor, Stephanie.
Oakland, CA: Mills College Art Museum / Invisible Venue. Catalog for commissioned public intervention series. Here and Now. Tilton, Jennifer.
New York: New York University Press, 2010. Cover art. Dangerous or Endangered: Race
and the Politics of Youth in Urban America.
—, We have as much time as it takes. San Francisco: Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Exhibition catalog with interviews. [ PDF] 2009
Curreri, Amanda and Scollon, Erik, eds.
Color&Color #0. New York / San
Francisco, 2009. Image contributions.
—. Involved, Socially. San
Francisco: Triple Base Gallery/Michelle Blade, 2009. Publication featuring
contributions by members of 5-person exhibition, with essays by Matthew Rana.
Wazwaz, Maysoun, et. al.. Bellwether.
San Francisco: Southern Exposure. Catalog for inaugural exhibition
featuring 10 newly commissioned works, with "mirrorsblack" essay,
—. San Francisco: Kearny Street Workshop, 2008. Exhibition catalog with essays by Kevin B. Chen and Samantha
Imagination. Sudbury, Julia, ed.
New York: Routledge, 2005. Cover art (in collaboration with
Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Wong Yap, Christine.
Hyphen Magazine. Issue 7, Fall. Reproduction
of a painting. Wong, Christine. “Come on Down [Expect Stereotypes as South Asians Make U.S. Film, TV Debuts].” Oakland
Tribune & KALW 91.7, Feb. 2. Public Radio Exchange piece profile. Wong, Christine. “An ABC Comes Home: An Ancestral Pilgrimage to Guangdong, China.” Pacific News Service, Nov. 19. San Francisco
Chronicle, 13 January. Wong, Christine. “Forget Cinderella [Bride Laments Mother’s Gown].” Pacific News Service and KALW 91.7, April 3.
Public Radio Exchange piece profile.
I am a project-based artist who explores psychological wellbeing. I often work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, and social practice.
My participatory projects make space for participants and audiences to engage in self-reflection, interdependence, and social connection.
Some projects are organized around themes—such as
belonging, collaboration, and interdependence. I conduct surveys and present findings via drawings, zines, hand-lettered signs, data visualizations, and flags.
In other projects, I create activities to stimulate or enact a salient emotional experience. For example,
is a participatory print installation for visualizing one’s strengths and resources as tools in wearable tool belts. In Ways and Means , I invite the public to interact with artist-made activity sheets to spur creative action. I use common materials and forms to lend accessibility and abundance to elusive sentiments and abstract concepts. make things (happen)
My work is informed by positive psychology—a research-based field studying human flourishing and subjective wellbeing. Guided by the principle of affirming the positive, my projects almost always aim to increase personal agency and emotional intelligence.
“This year, CCC partnered with artist Christine Wong Yap for the
Art, Culture, and Belonging in Chinatown project, for which people were asked to submit their personal recollections of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Through intentional art and educational programming, CCC hopes visitors and residents view the neighborhood like a museum, “where it becomes an interactive site to deepen their understanding and sense of belonging through engaging with stories, people, and history,” Leung says, cautioning that without care and activism, Chinatowns will eventually disappear.”
“Why does the U.S. have so many Chinatowns?” National Geographic, September 2020.
“For the campaign’s second part, launching May 15, more than ten established and emerging contemporary artists, including Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, Mel Chin, Duke Riley, and Pedro Reyes, contributed images and animations to be shared during minute-long video rotations, with new releases over the next several weeks.
“In addition to the 24 massive Times Square screens donated by Morgan Stanley, American Eagle, Maefield Development, and Branded Cities’ NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters displays, the videos will be shown on 1,774 LinkNYC kiosks across the five boroughs, and 300-plus JCDecaux Screens in New York, Boston, and Chicago.”
“Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, and More Craft Digital Works of Gratitude Across NYC,” Galerie Magazine, May 15, 2020.
“I wanted to do something to support the community as shelter in place took hold. It’s become more urgent for the project to provide counter-narratives to xenophobic hate, to encourage the public to patronize small businesses in Chinatown, and to give participants opportunities to connect with and celebrate meaningful aspects of their identities and personal histories. Social distancing, isolation, and othering actually underscores my role as an artist: to offer space for participants to connect (even if virtually, or by memory or imagination right now) with the people, places, and cultural assets that help them feel a sense of belonging in SF Chinatown.” —Christine Wong Yap
"藝術家創作支持華埠 葉黃嘉雯領銜" 星島日報, 2020年06月07日.
“The Chinese Culture Center in the heart of San Francisco, California’s Chinatown, is working tirelessly to support artists during COVID-19 and share examples of creative work on
Facebook and Instagram. Artist Christine Wong Yap recently did an Instagram takeover to encourage everyone to practice storytelling as part of the Art, Culture, and Belonging Project, which invites people to discuss how arts and culture contribute to their sense of belonging in Chinatown.”
“Buckle Up for a Virtual Culture Road Trip This Weekend.” Bloomberg Philanthropies Blog. May 1, 2020.
“Do you feel belonging in your local library, a neighborhood bar, a regular meeting in city hall? Or do you carry your sense of belonging with you from place to place?
“New York-based artist and Oakland expat Christine Wong Yap is making that often-intangible feeling visible—by identifying, commemorating and sharing others’ sites of belonging—based on a survey of nearly 100 participants in the nine-county Bay Area region.
“Belonging happens when people feel safe, seen and accepted, Wong Yap says. Her questionnaire, issued over a five-week period at the end of 2018, asked participants identify a place where they think to themselves either ‘This is my community,’ ‘These are my people,‘ or ‘I can be me here.’”
“Christine Wong Yap Asks: Where Do You Feel a Sense of Belonging?” KQED Arts, February 24, 2019.
“Tucked into a library near the museum’s café is a glass-walled gallery housing the installation for The People’s Guide to the Queens International, 2018. This meta-collaborative project by Brian Droitcour and Christine Wong Yap departs from the possibly terrifying idea that everyone’s a critic—as well as Droitcour’s ongoing interest in vernacular criticism and Wong Yap’s background with participatory events.”
“Lure of the Local.” Artforum. December 11, 2018.
“As you proceed through the galleries, be sure to pick up a copy of The People’s Guide to the Queens International placed throughout the Museum. The single-page forms were designed by artists Brian Droitcour and Christine Wong Yap to stimulate deeper encounters with the works on view. ‘Anyone,’ they propose in the accompanying wall text, ‘can be an art critic!’”
“How to Spend the Day Seeing Amazing Art All Over Queens.” New York Magazine. November 21, 2018.
“Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint that ended up silk-screened onto T-shirts, tote bags, and patches in the form of mottoes like ‘Don’t Mourn, Organize.’”
“A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump.” New Yorker. January 18, 2017. Selected recent press. For full list, see the