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Ming Fay (b.1943)

He is a Shanghai-born and New York-based sculptor and professor.  His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between man and nature.  Drawing upon an extensive knowledge of plants both Eastern and Western, real and mythical, Fay creates his own calligraphic floating forest of reeds, branches and surreal species.

Ming Fay was born in Shanghai in 1943 and raised in Hong Kong.  His mother was an artist, and his father worked in the then-burgeoning Hong Kong movie industry as an art director.  Both were students of Shanghai-based sculptor Zhang Chongren, who had studied Western sculpture in Europe.

Ming came to the United States in 1961 to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later at the Kansas City Institute of Art.  Subsequently, Fay earned a graduate degree in sculpture at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1975.  He currently teaches sculpture at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

Ming Fay has exhibited internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, and his work has frequented important group shows throughout the world.  Exhibitions have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris (New York, NY), the National Academy Museum (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, Lodz Biennale at The International Artists’ Museum (Lodz, Poland), Butters Gallery (Portland, Oregon), Ramapo Gallery (Ramapo, New Jersey) and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Fay has also completed numerous public art commissions including a suspended glass and steel sculpture for a residential lobby in Philadelphia, a large scale tree sculpture in Puerto Rico, sculptural benches for the New York City Staten Island Ferry Terminal and glass mosaic murals for the Delancey St/Essex St (F line) New York City subway station. He is also the recipient of the 2007 NYFA fellowship in Sculpture.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2000 "Quin and Bao" Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998 "Garden of Qian" Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, New York City (February)
1997 "Lings" Bulova Center of the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
1997 "Earthly Delights" Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York
1996 "Veins of the Spiral" Kim Foster Gallery, New York City
1996 "Feast for the Eyes" Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1996 "Mid-nite Porridge" Broadway Windows, NYC
1994 "Mafter into Spirit" Kim Foster Gallery, New York City
1994 "Extended Curves" Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon
1994 "From the Garden" Alisan Fine Arts Ltd. Hong Kong
1993 "On the Edge" Keen Gallery, New York City
1993 "Existential Attainment" Lungmen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1991 "Images from Beyond" Butters Gallery, Portland. Oregon
1991 "Nature Reborn: From Archaeology to Science Fiction" Exit Art, New York City
1990 "Ming Fay" DO. Fine An Space, Taipei, Taiwan
1990 "Bell Sprouts" Petrosino Park, New York City (Outdoor Installation)
1990 "Objects from Nature" Chinese American Arts Council, Gallery 456, New York City
1989 "Journey into Nature" Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey
1989 "Elixirs" Alternative Museum, New York City
1988 "Ming Fay" Gallery Triform, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2000 Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY: "Abundant Invention"
2000 Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, Bronx, NY: "Environmentally Concerned 2"
2000 Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC: "Environmentally Concerned"
2000 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau WI: "Art Nature/Nuture"
2000 Exit Art, NYC: "The End"
2000 Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon: "Persistence: Botanica"
1999 The Urband Center, NYC: "Art Underfoot: Manhole Covers in NYC"
1999 Central Fine Arts, NYC: "Six Degress of Seduction"
1999 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA "As far as the eye can see"
1998 Henry Street Settlement, NYC "Metaphors: Inspirations and Folklores"
1998 Central Fine Arts, NYC: "Modular Composite"
1998 Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, "Sculpture"
1997 Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY: "1997 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art"
1997 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ: "Ancient Emblems, Contemporary Signifiers"
1997 Henry Street Settlement, NYC: "Gardens of Urban Delight: The Lower East Side"
1996 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.: "Posing Reality: Contemporary Still Life Painting & Sculpture"
1996 Marymount Manhatten College, New York City: "Black and White: Sculptors' Drawings"
1996 Taipei Gallery, New York City: "Mutation of Ink and Paper"
1995 TZ Art & Co., New York City: "Bodies/Transformations: Small Bronzes"
1995 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Elusive Source"
1995 Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Md.: "Indetermined Origins"
1995 Gallery at Dieu Donne, NYC: "Workspace Program: 5 Years"
1995 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Wisconsin: "From Celestial to Earthly"
1994 Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pa.: "Totems & other structures"
1994 Henry Street Settlement, New York City : "Visionary Proposals for Lower East Side"
1994 Municipal Art Society, New York City : "Art for Learning""
1994 Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho : "Fabricate Nature"
1994 David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC: "Orientations"
1994 Exit Art, New York City: "The Garden of Sculptural Delights"
1993 Foster/Peet Gallery, New York City "Ming Fay & Hiro Yokose"
1993 Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York City: "Plant Body: Spiritual Botany"
1993 Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.: "Spring/Summer Exhibition"
1993 Kenkeleba Gallery, New York City: "Diverse Disclosures"
1993 Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ: "Diverse Representations II"
1992 Scott Alan Gallery, New York City: "Still Life Today"
1991 Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York City: "Bronze"
1991 Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC: "Group Exhibition"
1991 Exit Art, New York City: "The Hybrid State""
1991 Alternative Museum, New York City: "Artists of Conscience""
1991 Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY: "Paperworks"
1991 The Cultural Space, New York City: "World Disorder"
1990 Artist Space, New York City: "Selections"

Newspaper Reviews:
2000 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) "Artists' Vision transforms nature", Jame Aure, December 27
1999 Creative Loafing (GA) "Land, lots of land" Cathy Byrd, February 13
1998 The New York Times (NY) "Garden of Qian by Ming Fay" Grace Glueck, February 27
1997 The New York Times (NY) "Art Flourishes on a Grimy Brooklyn Waterfront" Kennedy Fraser, October 27
1997 The New York Times (NY) "Sculpture With an Aura of Ritual and Myth" Barry Schwabsky
1997 The Jersey Journal (NJ) "Jersey City Museum Sheds Light on other-worldly creations" Kay Kenny, July 26
1997 The New York Times (NY) "Hudson Valley Conversations" Roberta Smith, July 18
1997 The New York Times (NY) "In New Jersey, Evolution in Retrospectives" Michael Kimmerman, July 18
1997 The Star Ledger (NJ) "Three by five: Contemporary Sculpture" Dan Bischoff, June 20
1996 Journal Sentinel Milwaukee (WI) "Smorgasbord for the eye" James Auer, July 15
1996 The Philadelphia Inquirer, (PA) "Painter Bride" Edward J. Sozanski, October 14
1994 The New York Newsday, (NY) "The New WPA" Anamona Hartcollis, October 12
1994 Williamette Week, (Portland, OR) "Full Cirde" Ted Sawyer, June 29
1994 The Washington Post, (DC) "In the Sprit of Nature" Mary McCoy, June 25
1994 The Standard, (HK) "Ming sees fruits of his labour" Josie Brenan, Jan. 5
1994 South China Morning Post, (HK) "Ming's Fertile Garden" Margaret Sheridan, Jan. 5
1991 The Oregonian, (Portland) "Art's HerbaI Essence" Randy Gragg, November 15
1991 The New York Times, (WC) "With Paper as a starting Point", Vivien Raynor, September 15
1991 The New York Times, (NY) "Ming Fay" Michael Brenson, February 15
1990 The Star-Ledger, (NJ) "Food Inspires Delectable Exhibition" Eileen Watkins, November 16
1990 The New York Times~ (NJ) "Food Made Larger than Life" William Zimmer, October 26
1990 The New York Times, (NY) "Ming Fay" Michael Brenson, February 23

Periodicals & Books:
1999 Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Brook Barrier, Introduction: Glenn Harper, Rockport Publishers
1998 Review Magazine, "Ming Fay", Robert Morgan, February
1997 Art in America, "A School for Sculpture" Eleanor Heartney, October
1996 Cover Magazine, "Seasonal Delights" Robert Morgan, October
1994 Reflex, "Fabricated nature, Sculptural Dualities" Chris Schnoor, August/September
1994 Asian Art News, "The Alchemist of Spirits"" Kathleen Finley Magnan, July/August
1994 Artweek, "Through a Looking Glass" Jeanette Ross, May 19
1994 New York Magazine, "Dance of Life and Death" Kay Larson, March 28
1994 Asian Art News, "Ming Fay at Alisan Fine Arts" Hylton Jolliffe, March/April
1994 Window Magazine, "A Fruitful Imagination" Hilary Banks, January 14
1992 Sky Magazine, "Cast in Paper" Shawn Casey, September
1991 Artweek "At the End of the Rabbit Hole" Lois Allan, November
1991 Art in America, "Ming Fay at Exit Art" Robert Taplin, October
1991 Arts Magazine, "Ming Fay" Gerard Haggerty, Summer
1991 American Art, "Turning the Minors Around - the Pre-Face" Lucy Lippard, Winter/Spring
1991 The Journal of Art, "Art During Wartime" Matthew Rose, April
1991 The New Yorker, Goings on About Town-Art "Ming Fay" February 25
1990 Mixed Blessings/New Art in a Multicultural America, Lucy A. Lippard, Pantheon Books

Catalogue Essays:
"Abundant Invention" Wave Hill, Bronx, New York 2000; Essay: Jennifer McGregor
"As Far AS the Eye Can See" Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1999; Essay: Joyce Henri Robinson
"Garden of Qian" Whitney Museum at Philip Morris NYC 1998; Introduction: Eugenie Tsai Essay: John Yau
"Ming Fay"; Quuens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center, Queens, NY 1997; Introduction: William Valerio
"Neuberger Museum of Art 1997 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art" Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY 1997; Essay: Judy Collischan
"Ming Fay: A Feast for the Eyes" Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan Wisconsin 1996; Essay: Faye Hirsch
"Mutations of Ink and Paper" Taipei Gallery, NYC 1996; Essay: Wucius Wong
"Elusive Source" Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC 1995: Essay: Megan Hamilton
"Matter Into Spirit" Kim Foster Gallery, NYC 1994; Essay: Robert Morgan
"Orientations" David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC 1994: Essay: Samuel Chuen-Tsung Hoi
"Extended Curees" Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon 1994; Introduction: Robert Morgan
"Fabricated Nature" Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho 1994; Essay: Sandy Harthorn
"Artists of Conscience" Alternative Museum, New York 1991; Introduction: Geno Rodrigue, Lowery Simes, Lucy Lippard, Margot Lovejoy, Keith Morrison, Luis Camnizter
"Ming Fay" D.D. Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan 1990; Introduction: Gerard Haggerty
"Selections" Artist Space, New York City 1990; Introduction: Carl Hazelwood
"Still Life and Ifs Borders" Wilson Arts Center, Rochester, NY 1990; Introduction: Roberta Schwartz

Recent Awards:
1999 MTA, Delancey/Essex Streets Station, NYC
1999 Economic Development Corp of NY, Lippman Arcade, Flushing Queens
1998 GSA, US Court House, Seattle, Washington
1998 Percent for Art, Staten Island Ferry Terminal, New York City
1997 Public Art Fund, Phipps Housing, Bronx, New York
1995 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Arts/Indusry Program, Kohler, Wisconsin
1994 Mid-Alantc Arts Foundation, Visual Arts Residency Program, Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1994 New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Brooklyn, New York; Visiting Artist Residency
1993 Per Cent for Art, Criminal Justice Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1992 Lila Wallace Readers Digest Arts Partners Program
1990 Per Cent for Art, P.S. 7, Elmhurst, New York

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