Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Awards, Exhibitions and Published Work

Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

Awards, Fellowships and Grants
2015- Film Lab Top Ten Films of 72 Hour Shootout (Winner)
2015-Best Actress, Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout of 2015 nomination
2003-National Tropical Botanical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellowship
2002-Scripps-Howard New Media Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2001-National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellowship, Poynter Institute for Media
2001 AAJA New Media Award, Asian American Journalists Association
2000-Covering Entertainment in the Digital Age Fellowship, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication
(OCA) Organization of Chinese Americans Chinese American Journalist Award for article entitled, “An Active Vision,” which detailed the life of her mother Beverly Umehara, who in seven years made the transformation from a humble, hardworking secretary and mother of four into a labor activist, a respected union leader and a role model for rank and file workers, women of color and all Asian Americans
2000-AAJA Executive Leadership Program Fellowship, Asian American Journalists Association
1997-Named as one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans,” Avenue Asia Magazine
1996-Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation Grant to produce three additional sets of the “Asian Pacific Americans in the Workforce” Exhibition for display at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National AFL-CIO in Washington D.C. in May, 1996
1995-Commissioned by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance to produce a photo essay of Asian Pacific Americans in the Workforce

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Lia Chang with her portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11 display in the Asian Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington D.C. on September 10, 2011.  Photo by Reme Grefalda

Lia Chang with her portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11 display in the Asian Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington D.C. on September 10, 2011. Photo by Reme Grefalda

Portraits of New York Chinatown After 9/11 August 30-September 15, 2011
2011: Asian Division Reading Room, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Portraits of New York Chinatown After 9/11 Featured in “Post 9/11”: Commemorative Display at Library of Congress Asian Reading Room, 8/30-9/15

Lia Chang with her "In Rehearsal" display of photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Theater Portfolio, on view in the Asian Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress on July 27, 2011 in Washington D.C.  Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang with her “In Rehearsal” display of photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Theater Portfolio, on view in the Asian Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress on July 27, 2011 in Washington D.C. Photo by Lia Chang

2011: Asian Division Reading Room, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Broadwayworld.com Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit
Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Features Photos of Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas, Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, and Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Bakwas Bumbug! on View Through August 2
2011: Bellevue Hospital Atrium, New York, NY June – August, 2011
New York City Health and Hospital Art Collection Corporation
Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation as Scar

“RED: Photographs by Lia Chang”
2009: Gouveneur Healthcare Services, New York, NY
New York City Health and Hospital Art Collection Corporation
Chinese New Year in New York Chinatown

“Backstage Pass with BD Wong in HERRINGBONE”
2008: McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
“Botanical Beauties and Beyond”
2004: Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL
Chang’s botanical landscapes and still lifes in Hawaii, Italy and China.
“From Clay Street to Canal: Remembering NY Chinatown in the Wake of Sept. 11th”
2002: Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), San Francisco, CA
Chang’s portraits of New York Chinatown taken after September 11th, 2001
“Ristorante Cinese”
2002: U.S. Army Engineer Corps, New York, NY
Chang’s documentary photographs during her travels in Italy, Paris, London and images of New York Chinatown post 9/11.

“Asian Americans: At Home in the Galaxy”
2001: West Charleston Library, Las Vegas, NV
This multi-component exhibition includes Notable Asian Americans who have broken boundaries and have carved unique paths to success in their specialized fields, as well as ordinary women and men of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestry, working in a variety of fields and occupations. The third component of the exhibition is a fabric book art installation piece called “Coming to America” which details her grandmother’s experience of being detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station. The fourth component includes Chang’s fine arts images of dancers and her nature, food and travel images taken during her adventures in Paris, London, Italy, Seattle and Hawaii.

“Asian Pacific Americans in the Workforce”
2002: U.S. Army Engineer Corps, New York, NY
2001: U.S. Army Engineer Corps, New York, NY
2000: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1997: National Transportation Safety Board, Washington DC
1996: National AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington DC
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington DC
Tamiment Labor Library/NYU Bobst Library, NY, NY
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire

Group Exhibitions
“New York in Focus”
2008: Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
New York City Health and Hospital Art Collection Corporation
“Jazz”
2004 Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, NY
“Healing”
2004: Elmhurst Hospital Center, NY, NY
NYC Health and Hospital Art Collection Corp.
Recovering Chinatown: The 9/11 Collection
2002: Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), NY, NY
“Unity in Diversity, Diversity in Unity”
2002: Asian American Heritage Festival, NY, NY
“Here is New York”
2005 NY Historical Society Permanent Archives
2002: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) NY, NY
Southeast Museum of Photography, Dayton Beach, FL
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
2001-present New York, NY
“Honoring Our Heroes”
2001: Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields’ Office New York, NY

Artist Lia Chang with her Art Installation about her grandmother's experience of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Artist Lia Chang with her Art Installation about her grandmother’s experience of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Chinatown and Resistance”
2000: Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA,
“Coming to America” Fabric Art Installation of the Angel Island Immigration Station Experience
“The Rising Voice of Asian America From Generation to Generation”
2000: Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields’ Office. New York, NY

Bibliography (reviews/articles/interviews)

Seidel, Mitchell, “Actress and Model Lia Chang finds success behind the camera,” New Jersey Star Ledger, December 14, 2002.
“Eye Openers: Asian Americans: At Home in the Galaxy,” The Las Vegas Review Journal, May 4, 2001.
URL: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/May-04-Fri-2001/weekly/16002785.html
“Photojournalist’s Exhibit on ‘Asian Pacific Americans in the Workforce’ on Display: Lia Chang’s series is on view at four sites on the East Coast, including the U.S. Department of Justice,” Rafu Shimpo, May 18, 1996.
”Lia Chang’s Asian Pacific Americans in the Workforce Exhibition,” World Journal, April 30, 1996.
Organization of Chinese Americans Chinese American Journalist Award
URL: http://www.asianweek.com/2000_07_20/news5_peopleinnews.html

Selected Photographs Published in Books/Calendars
Walcott, Derek, “White Egrets,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, author portrait Derek Walcott
Teng, Yeohlee, “Yeohlee: Work,” Images Publishing Dist A/C. 2006, author portrait Yeohlee Teng
Chong, Ping, “The East West Quartet,” Theatre Communications Group 2004, Ping Chong – 2004 – Performing Arts – 193 pages, Page 143: Muna Tseng, Page 157: Muna Tseng, … Page 163 and 169: Esther Chae, Page 180: CS Lee.
Matsumoto, Gary, “Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing Our Soldiers–And Why GI’s Are Only The First Victims,” Basic Books, 2004, author portrait Gary Matsumoto
Barranger, Milly S., Theatre: a way of seeing. –5th ed., Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2001, p. 96, p. 331. Diana Son, Kwaidan: directed and adapted by Ping Chong, 1999
Madsen, Deborah L., Maxine Hong Kingston. Gale Study Guides to Great Literature: Literary Masterpieces, Vol. 9: The Woman Warrior and China Men, Detroit: Gale/Manly, 2001, p. 123. Maxine Hong Kingston at the opening of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of The Woman Warrior, 18 May 1994, p. 123.
Cole, Susan Letzler, Playwrights in Rehearsal: The Seduction of Company. New York: Routledge, 2001, p.2. Sam Shepard in Rehearsal
Carola, Robert, and Morreale, Ben, “Italian Americans: The Immigrant Experience,” HLLA 2000.
Kwong, Peter, and Dusanka Miscevic, “Chinese Americans: The Immigrant Experience,” HLLA 2000.
1996-1997 AAJA calendar saluting Asian American men of broadcast
1996- Asian Pacific Americans: Building America Through Diversity, poster for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, incorporating 7 of the 18 images from her exhibit into a 17″x22″ poster.

Museum Collections
Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco, CA
Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), SF, CA
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of the Chinese in the America, NY, NY
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Private Collections
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, NY, NY (installed 2/17/05)
415 Madison Avenue 10th fl., NY, NY 10017
New York City Health and Hospital Art Collection Corporation

Public Commissions
2010 Botanical Portraits by Lia Chang commissioned for Long Island University (LIU) School of Nursing at King’s County Hospital Center

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