Y. David Chung • Biography Y, David Chung interviewing deportation survivors for the film, Koryo Saram, in Ushtobe, Kazakhstan
Y. David Chung is a multimedia artist and filmmaker known for his film and video work, installations, drawings, prints, and public artworks. Chung's work has been shown throughout the country in exhibitions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Asia Society, the Walker Arts Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Project Rowhouses, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gwangju Bienniale, the Tretyakov Gallery of Art (Moscow),the William's College Museum of Art and a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Chung began his career in 16mm and 35mm film post production. He worked as a film graphic designer and animator on documentary film and television productions with Florentine Films, Filmworks and HBO.
Chung's recent film, Koryo Saram, made with co-director Matt Dibble and executive producer Meredith Jung-En Woo won the National Film Board of Canada's Best Documentary Award 2007.
Chung is a recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts in new genres, the Washington Mayor's Art Award, the Lila Wallace Readers's Digest Fund-Artist at Giverny Fellowship, the Artslink Collaborative Projects Fellowship, the Rosebud Best of Show Film and Video Award (with Matt Dibble) and the Michigan Faculty Fellowship. Chung is a past Rome Prize finalist, he has received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the District of Columbia and the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation.
David Chung has been commissioned to design permanent artwork for the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York City Percent for Art Program. Chung has worked with composers Pooh Johnston and Charles Tobermann on experimental opera works which have been staged in the United States and internationally.
David Chung was born in Bonn, Germany. He attended the University of Virginia, the Corcoran College of Art and Design (BFA) and George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (MFA). Chung has been Artist-in-Residence at Duke University, William's College, Wellesley College, the University of California Berkeley and the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand. David Chung is Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design and the former Director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.