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  • Jun 20, 2018

Asian Cultural Council Announces 2018 China And Hong Kong Fellowship Recipients

On June 11, the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) announced that Morgan Wong, Wang Weiwei and Zhu Jinglun are among the ten recipients of the non-profit organization’s 2018 China and Hong Kong Fellowships, which provide monetary support for artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals to pursue specialized training, find inspiration, or complete research projects abroad. Recipients also gain access to an international network of alumni and other partners.

The fellows are selected by a jury panel comprising ACC Hong Kong director Josephine Wai and ACC director of programs Cecily Cook, in consultation with fellowship program alumni, professionals in the field, cultural specialists, and ACC colleagues. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their “artistic and professional excellence, creative potential, contribution in the proposed exchange country, and readiness, in addition to the impact of the fellowship on advancing international dialogue and bringing [about a] transformative effect on the applicant’s life and career,” the ACC told ArtAsiaPacific. Jurors also consider “the timeliness and urgency of the applicant’s proposal.”

Hong Kong-based artist Morgan Wong, who has been awarded the ACC Désirée and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship, will travel to New York, where he will acquaint himself with the local art scene, as well as meet visual and performance artists. His body of work revolves around the notion of time, and he plans to interview theoretical physicists on the latest studies on temporality in hopes of deepening his understanding on the subject. 

Xiaoyang Yu Fellowship recipient Wang Weiwei is the co-curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, and the in-house curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Her long-term research project will be on the development of contemporary art in East Asia and the evolution of its ecosystem. She plans to utilize the fellowship program and the ACC’s network of leading Asian art professionals as an opportunity to expand her research into the history and dynamics of art ecosystems in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. 

Zhu Jinglun has been awarded the Starr Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, a one-year scholarship that will support her Masters study at the Center of Curatorial Studies in Bard College, New York. Her current research topic is on the connection between society and visual culture in China, and she plans to explore the relationship between identity documents and the representation of identities. As an aspiring curator, she hopes to promote artistic exchange between China and the United States. 

Founded in 1963 by the late American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III, the ACC has thus far supported 6,000 art professionals and institutions, 600 of whom are from China and Hong Kong. The organization is headquartered in New York, with branches in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and Taipei.

Phoebe Tam is an editorial intern of ArtAsiaPacific.

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