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Christine Wong Yap (she/her) is a visual artist and social practitioner working in community engagement, drawing, printmaking, publishing, and public art. She partners with organizations to conduct participatory research projects to explore dimensions of psychological wellbeing such as belonging, resilience, interdependence, and collaboration.

Wong Yap’s work has been exhibited by Times Square Arts (NYC), 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, Oregon; Manila; and Poland. She has been awarded grants from the Queens Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She is an honoree of the 2020 YBCA 100. She has served as a visiting artist at Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, Michigan). Wong Yap has participated in over a dozen artist residencies. This year, she is a public artist-in-residence at Times Square Arts and a Kala Art Institute Print Public municipal artist-in-residence with the City of Berkeley’s Health, Housing and Community Service. Wong Yap has participated in residency and studio programs at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester U.K.), the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), Woodstock Byrdcliffe (Woodstock, New York), Tides Institute and Museum of Art (Eastport, Maine), Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, California), Harvester Arts (Wichita, Kansas), c3:initiative (Portland, Oregon), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Governor’s Island, New York and Lower Manhattan, New York), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, California), Center for Book Arts (New York City), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Little Paper Planes (San Francisco, California), and the Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at U.C. Berkeley.

Reviews of Wong Yap’s work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Art Practical. Her work has also appeared on WCBS-TV (CBS’ local NYC news), in print in the Oakland Tribune, the East Bay Express, and Sing Tao Daily, and on the websites of the New Yorker Magazine, Artforum, The Guardian (UK), New York Magazine, CNN, Oprah, KQED Arts, White Hot Magazine, 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.

Wong Yap was born in California, and her roots are in the San Francisco Bay Area. After living in New York City for over 10 years, she recently shifted the home base of her bicoastal practice to the Bay Area. She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts.