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E-mail: hello (at) audreychan (dot) net
Audrey Chan (b. 1982, Chicago, Illinois) is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator, and writer. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, public art, and video to challenge dominant historical narratives through allegories of power, place, and identity. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College. Public art commissions include Will Power Allegory for LA Metro at the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and The Care We Create at the Los Angeles offices of the ACLU of Southern California, where she was the organization's inaugural artist-in-residence.
Chan has been awarded fellowships with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum, California Arts Council, and California Community Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence with OxyArts’ Encoding Futures Summer Residency (with Monument Lab and the Mellon Foundation), Sam Francis Gallery, and l’école régionale des beaux arts de Nantes. In 2021, she was recognized as a DCA Cultural Trailblazer by Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2023, she was named a California Creative Corps fellow with 18th Streets Arts Center.
Chan’s solo and collaborative projects have been featured in exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Chinese American Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Self Help Graphics, Ben Maltz Gallery, Sam Francis Gallery, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Elephant Art Space, Bethel University, Luxun Academy of Fine Art, BKS Garage at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Parc Saint Léger, and other venues.
Chan is co-editor of SABOTEURS zine and she contributed illustrations to The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice (University of California Press). Her essays and interviews have been published in Monument Lab’s Bulletin, Afterall Journal, and The Getty Iris. Since 2005, Chan has collaborated with artist Elana Mann as the feminist duo Chan & Mann. Together, they have performed, made videos and installations, organized symposia, published texts, and reinterpreted Leslie Labowitz-Starus' feminist performance work Myths of Rape (1977) for the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival.
Her projects have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, NPR, KPCC, KCET, KTLA 5 Morning News, Hyperallergic, San Diego Union-Tribune, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Spectrum News 1, Artillery Magazine, The World Journal, The Rafu Shimpo, Artforum, Alta Online, ARTPULSE Magazine, Georgia Journal, The Daily Bruin, and the New York Sun.
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