John Hee Taek Chae

Richmond, Virginia


John Hee Taek Chae (b. 1988, Boulder, Colorado) is an artist whose work investigates how identity is constructed and how identity functions in relation to ideology. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. He was awarded the David Wurtzel Artist Fellowship and Residency in 2020 and is a 2021 MacDowell Fellow. He was also the Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist in 2014 at the University of North Florida and has had a solo exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville in 2014. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and is an instructor at Old Dominion University.


Maryland Institute College of Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts / Painting Major and Art History Minor

Fall 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Fine Arts / Painting and Printmaking

Spring 2020

CV / Awards


2022 Conscious, Subconscious, (Collective) Unconscious, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (Group)

2022 Thank Goodness it’s Face to Face, Gordon Galleries , Norfolk, VA (Group)

2021 Cardinal Club, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (Group)

2021 The Language of the Birds, Tuesday Gallery, Richmond, VA (Group)

2021 good faith, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (Solo)

2020 Now more than ever, Summer Exhibition, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY 2020 (Group)

2019 Fata Morgana, Candidacy Exhibition Richmond, VA (Group)

2018 Parallel Play, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA (Group)

2014 Make. Believe., MOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL (Solo)

2013 Fermentation, CoRK Arts District, Jacksonville, FL (Solo)


MacDowell Fellow (2021)
Pamela Joy Johnson Bequest Fellowship (2021)
Graduate Teaching Fellow (VCU) - Full funding 2018-2020
Esther Elizabeth Motz Memorial Scholarship
Clarence B. and Nell G. Williams Scholarship
VCU Graduate Research Grant
VCU Graduate Travel Grant
VCU Anderson Publishing Grant
Wurtzel Residency
Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Grant

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