Bio

 

Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, as well as an educational software developer. He was born in Shanghai, China. At age 16, he entered the Nanjing Normal University in China for his BFA and MFA studies. Wang started his teaching at the same university after graduation. In 1984, Wang won the bronze medal for the í░6th National Exhibition of Fine Artí▒úČone of the major national art competitions in China. As a result, he was granted the opportunity to study in the U.S. In 1986, Wang moved to Tampa, Florida as an exchange scholar at the University of South Florida. Later, he completed his second MFA from USF. After graduation, Wang was appointed as the art director of a design firm and designed many projects for Disney World, MGM Studio, Sea World, and Bush Gardens, etc. In early 1990s, Wang taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. He joined Eckerd College in the fall of 1993. Wang has exhibited his art works locally, nationally, internationally, and his works has been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing. Wang is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from some distinguished institutions, such as, the Freeman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National AsianNetwork, GTE, HP, Florida Arts Council, National Endowments for the Arts, Posey Foundation, Southeast Bank, etc. Since 2000, Wang led a team of experts and developed a comprehensive computer learning system that combined with interactive multimedia arts for early childhood education. He donated his software to over 1000 schools nationwide. Recently, he traveled frequently between China and the US to promote art, education and culture. He was selected as the International Curator to curate contemporary art exhibitions for museums and art festivals in China. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa Florida, as well as in Shanghai and NYC.

 

Kirk Ke Wang can be reached at: wangkk@eckerd.edu