Phillip Chen received his B.F.A. degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His prints have been exhibited in numerous locations nationally and internationally and are held in public collections that include Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. He has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and served as an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Art Association, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His creative activities have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In addition to his nomination for the Queen Sonja Print Award, the world's leading award for graphic art, in 2018, Phillip Chen was named a fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
His ongoing series of prints, "Origins and Destinations", depends upon the interrelating of generally separate forms of visual representation such as photography [temporally anterior; things “having been there”] and diagrammatic drawing [projective]. Through overlappings and adjacencies, multiple visual languages explicate and redress cultural-historical events and conflate transnational relationships with interpersonal experience.
“Origins and Destinations: Phillip Chen Photo-Etchings”
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
“185th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art”
National Academy Museum, New York, NY
International Print Center New York, New York, NY
“Phillip Chen: Memory Prints”
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
The New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY