Jason Wing

To attend and participate in a symposium on Asian diasporic art - the Now! Visual Culture Conference - and attend and present a lecture at Kluge-Ruhe Gallery, University of Virginia

Practice Area:
Visual Arts
Location:
New York and Virginia, USA
Amount:
$7,000
URL:
www.jasonwing.net
Project Dates:
May - June 2012
Jason Wing creating work in situ

About the artist

Jason Wing holds a visual arts degree from Sydney University and a graphic design degree from Sydney Graphics College.

The opportunity

Jason had the opportunity to present on his work at Now! Visual Culture Conference and complete a short-term residency and solo exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. This enabled him to gain some important international exposure for his work.

The opportunity at Kluge-Ruhe was an important part of Jason’s career development, Kluge-Ruhe is a respected, prestigious institution and in working and exhibiting there, Jason believes he was able to gain more artistic credibility and respect as an artist.

An artist of mixed Asian and indigenous heritage, Jason was the fourth contemporary Aboriginal artist to exhibit at the Kluge Ruhe following his artistic predecessors Judy Watson, Vernon Ah-Kee and Reko Rennie.

The opportunity also afforded him the chance to make some important contacts whilst overseas, including networking opportunities with Kluge-Ruhe Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, Faile Studios and the Bridge Artist Run Initiative. This networking has already led to offers of other residencies, workshops and potentially also exhibitions. At Now! Jason made contact with Anne Goodyear, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian Institute opening doors to potential opportunities there in the future.

The trip to the US also gave Jason the opportunity to explore world class art institutions, such as MOMA, PS1, the Whitney, the New Museum and the Guggenheim.

Outcomes

Jason’s travels have heightened his artistic profile and allowed him to expand his network of important contacts in the art world. Through his work in the US and as a result of the opportunity to exhibit and present lectures, Jason feels he now has the confidence to pursue his career as a professional artist. The sale of one of his works to the Kluge-Ruhe collection marked his first sale to an international institution: a significant milestone for any artist.

Next steps

A first time Cultural Trust grantee, Jason went on China for a three-month arts residency at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing and completed two major public artworks in New South Wales.

 

Author: Claire Rimmer

 

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