Chowcheeyong
  • Chow Chee Yong
  • Artist Story
  • Chow Chee Yong graduated with a BFA (Honours) degree in Photography in 1994 from Western Michigan University, USA. In 1998, he received the JCCI Art Scholarship, which brought him to Tokyo where he pursued his graduate studies. He received his MA (Distinction) degree in Photography in 2001 from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. He has participated in more than 30 solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

    Chee Yong’s works have been featured in publications such as Passages North (USA), Photo Asia (Singapore), OP Editions (Hong Kong), m2photosynthesis (Singapore), Light Trails (Singapore), Things unseen, Places not been (Singapore), 11+1 (Japan), Nippon Camera (Japan), Asahi Camera (Japan) and Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio (Japan), CANVAS - IMF Photography Book (Singapore), Resonance - Songs of our Forefathers (Singapore), among others. His first publication, “30th Feb” a hardcover book of his Surrealistic Images, was launched in Singapore in conjunction with his 6th solo exhibition in February 2008.

    In July 2010, he was featured in Channel News Asia’s Primetime program - Asia Exposed, which was aired internationally. In 2011, Chee Yong was the first and only Singaporean among 15 photographers from around the globe to be recognised and incepted as one of “2011 Loweprofessionals”. In that same year, he also held his 7th solo show, Project 37, which documented the demolition of the former National Stadium of Singapore.

    Besides being an image-maker, he has been a Curator of the Singapore International Photography Festival, Mentorship program to young and budding photographers, Speaker at Conference/Seminars, Advisor to the NYAA Young Photographers’ Network, Advisor to the NYAA Official Photographers during the World Bank/IMF Meeting in 2006 and had taken the role of a Juror in many International and National Photography Competitions.

    His original prints can be found in the Permanent Collection of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), Permanent Art Collection of National Museum of Singapore (Singapore), Permanent Art Collection of Singapore Sports Museum (Singapore), Permanent Art Collection of The Private Museum (Singapore), Epigram Pte Ltd (Singapore), Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery (Singapore), Center of Photography (Japan), Back in Time International (USA), OP Editions (Canada & Hong Kong), Rothmans of Pall Mall (Singapore) and other various collections in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.

  • Location
  • Singapore
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Artist CV

EDUCATION
Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education, November 2002
Temasek Polytechnic in conjunction with SEDA, England
Singapore

Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, October 2002
Temasek Polytechnic
Singapore

MA (Imaging Arts) with Distinction, March 2001
This was done under the auspices of the JCCI Art Scholarship, a full scholarship awarded to one recipient for 3 years of full-time study. It included a Full-time 1 year study of the Japanese Language, followed by a 2 years Full-time program terminal Masters degree.
Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Musashino Art University
Tokyo, Japan

BFA (Photography) Honours, April 1994
College of Fine Arts, Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Consultant (Curatorial Management, BeyonDesign), April 2013 – Present
An Industry related position that requires me to network with professionals/companies that deals in areas related to the beliefs of the BeyonDesign Centre. The Centre deals in the area of championing the cause of not just a Good design, but doing Good in a design.


Senior Lecturer (Photography), August 2010 – Present
Lecturer (Photography), August 1995 – July 2010
For this position, I was required to develop a number of Photography subjects. This included the writing of Course Documents, Lesson Plans and Teaching materials. During the initial years, I was task with the responsibility of setting up the Darkroom and Lighting Studios. This included the selection and purchase of all the equipment needed in order to run the program effectively.
Areas of expertise include, Basic Photography, Darkroom Processes, Alternative Processes,
Portraiture, Product & Advertising, Studio Lighting, Landscape & Cityscape, Architecture Photography, Conceptual Photography and Advance Photography.
Temasek Design School, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Timetable Chairman, September 2001 – 2005
This was mainly an advisory role and was concurrent to my teaching responsibility. I had to facilitate in the planning and running of the timetable for all the 5 Courses in the Design School. This required me to work alongside with all the 5 Managers in order to have a clear understanding of the various needs for the timetable to work effectively. All these involved the balancing of teaching staff, resources, student subject selection and scheduling of subjects.
Temasek Design School, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Covering Section Head (Department of VSC), September 2003 - 2005
The department consisted of a Course Manager, 14 lecturers and I as the Section Head. Being responsible for developing, reviewing, planning and updating of all Course Documents, I was also involved in the planning of lecturer’s timetable. I was also responsible for Lesson Plans for all subjects, Subject Reports and developing the Student Course Pathway. Part of my responsibility also involved student academic progression and advising as well as pastoral care.
Temasek Design School, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Teaching Assistant (Photography), April 1999 - March 2001
I was required to work alongside the Professor to teach the 3rd and Final year Photography Classes in Black & White Photography, Studio Lighting, the View Camera, Exhibitions and other Photography related topics. Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Musashino Art University
Tokyo, Japan



CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC LECTURE
Speaker, “Project 37 & Polaroid”, March 2012
In conjunction with Sibylle Bergemann Exhibition, 2902 Gallery & Goethe Institut, Singapore

Speaker, “Balancing Dreams and Reality”, February 2012
Singapore Young Photographer Award 2012, Singapore

Guest Speaker, “Art in ASEAN Community”, February 2012
Art Academic Seminar of ASEAN Plus Three Countries: Roles of Art in ASEAN Contemporary Context.
This 3-day conference is organised in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

A Photographic Journey with Olympus: From Travel to Surrealism, June 2011
National Geographic Singapore Store

Workshop Instructor, October/November 2010
Noise Singapore 2010, Singapore

Speaker, “Talking Point – Photography Education in Singapore”, October 2010
Singapore Art Museum

Workshop Speaker, ASEAN Young Photographers’ Award and Workshop, August 2010
NYAA Council, Singapore

Photography Faculty, March 2010
Shooting Home 2010 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Workshop Instructor, September 2009
Shooting Thematically @ National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

Photography Faculty, March 2009
Shooting Home 2009 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Photography Faculty, March 2007
Shooting Home 2007 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Workshop Instructor, April 2006
Diploma Show Black & White Photography Workshop @ NLB
National Library, Singapore

Photography Faculty, March 2006
Shooting Home 2006 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Photography Workshop Instructor, September 2005
LA FEST 2005, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Guest Speaker, June 2005
Montage 2005, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Workshop Director, March 2005
Shooting Home 2005 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Workshop Instructor, December 2003
Architectural Photography Workshop, Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Photography Faculty, March 2003
Shooting Home 2003 (5-Day Intensive Photography Workshop), Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore

Speaker, “Black & White Experience”, February 1998
National Technological University, Singapore

Speaker, “Innovative & Creative Approach to Photo Arts”, June 1996
TNPS, Tampines Regional Library Theatre, Singapore

Photography Instructor, February 1995 - May 1995
Studio Lighting, Photographers’ Choice, Singapore

Guest Instructor, January 1994 - March 1994
Intermediate Black and White Photography Course
Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Design Manager/Photographer, June 1994 - May 1995
Oversaw the daily operation of the company. Was responsible for all the graphic design and photography work for clients.
M Communications Pte Ltd, Singapore
Advisor/Official Photographer, IMF, September 2006 Under the care of National Youth Achievement Award, I was the Advisor to about 40 Official Photographers. The job requires me to send the photographers to capture the images of the many important delegates at various places, usually at VVIP’s place of stay or within the venue where the meetings took place. Suntec City, Singapore



SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Project 37, July-August 2011
2902 Gallery
Singapore

30th Feb, February-March 2008
Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery
Singapore

Under Construction - Light Trails, November-December 2003
Objectifs Pte Ltd
Singapore

PhotosynthesisDreams, September 2002
Artfolio Gallery, Raffles Hotel
Singapore

Imagination: Lights & Illusion, February 2001
Kumin Gallery, Meguro Museum of Art
Tokyo, Japan

The Final Images (a BFA exhibition), February 1994
South Gallery, Western Michigan University

A Collection of Photographs, September 1992
South Gallery, Western Michigan University

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Confluence, July 2013
Artspace @ Helutrans
Singapore

Intimate Moments, June 2013
Platoon Kunsthalle
Berlin, Germany

Void & Void Decks, August - September 2012
The Private Museum
Singapore

Dali International Photography Exhibition, August 2012
Dali City, Yunnan
China

4th Singapore Young Photographer Award 2012 Exhibition, July 2012
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore

3rd Singapore Young Photographer Award 2010 Exhibition, July 2010
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore

Of Monuments & Memories, May 2010
Command House
Singapore

The ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Profile Exhibition, May 2010
The Atrium, Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore

Spot & Shoot 2009 – Our Landscape, Nov 2009-Jan 2010
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore

The Other Horizon from Singapore, May-June 2008
Sirius Gallery, Aidem
Tokyo, Japan

PEEK! February-March 2008
2902 Gallery
Singapore

CANVAS, February 2007
The 2006 IMF - World Bank Meeting Photo Exhibition at MICA
Ministry of Communications and the Arts, Singapore

Aperture, June 2006
Elle Six Art Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Club Paradiso - Jamming with Photography, October 2004 - February 2005
(Along with Ansel Adams, Nobuyoshi Araki, Edward Curtis, Robert Frank, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Irvin Penn, Jerry Uelsmann, etc)
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
Yamanashi, Japan

JOURNEY, Month of Photography, June 2003
Alliance Francaise
Singapore

Month of Photography, June 2002
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore

Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2001, January 2002 - April 2002
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
Yamanashi, Japan

Journey, December 2001
The Japanese Association
Singapore

11+1, November 2000
Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences 10th Anniversary, MAU
Mitsumura Art Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

Foreign Students’ Photography Exhibition • Tokyo, May 2000
The Month of Photography, Tokyo 2000, The Photographic Society of Japan
Konica Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

Photo Evolution: Images from the Photography Program at WMU, 1972 - 2000, March 2000
Gallery II, Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University

Foreign Students’ Photography Exhibition • Tokyo, May 1999
The Month of Photography, Tokyo ‘99, The Photographic Society of Japan
Konica Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

m2photosynthesis, February 1998
Design Space, School of Design
Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Forty OP Editions Prints ‘97, December 1997
The Fringe Gallery, Fringe Club
Hong Kong

m2photosynthesis, December 1997
Substation, Singapore

Singapore Art ‘97, August 1997
National Arts Council, Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Suntec City, Singapore

First Sight, October 1996
75 Sophia Road
Singapore

Unplugged, September 1996
Design Space, School of Design
Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Singapore Art ‘95, August 1995
National Arts Council, Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Suntec City, Singapore

Photography, March 1994 - May 1994
Cafe Gallery, Gilmore’s Departmental Store
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Alternative Processes, September 1993
East Hall Galleries, Western Michigan University



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