Conrad Cheung

Assistant Professor, Studio Art

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Conrad Cheung is an artist and educator working across installation, performance, video, VR, happening, and more. Their practice begins with the problem of radical empathy — particularly for the nonhuman, the fringe, and the incomprehensible — as a transdisciplinary urgency. They ask how we might make the spatial and affective conditions necessary — material infrastructures, sustained forms of attention and care, and rearrangements of desire — for eclectic new publics to be able to emerge and flourish in the face of our various epistemic, civic, and ecological crises. Cheung’s practice is driven by participatory, collaborative, and parafictional strategies, and they collaborate regularly with practitioners across creative and academic disciplines. 

Before joining the University of Virginia, Cheung served on the art faculty at Colorado College. They hold an MFA as the 2021 Eldon Danhausen Fellow in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a BFA and a BA in Philosophy from Alfred University. They have exhibited internationally, in Canada, France, China, and the US, and are the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including from the Canada Council of the Arts, the British Columbia Council of the Arts, and the American Craft Council.