Born in China, 1997, Yongqi Tang lives and works in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing (2022) from the University of Washington. She has been teaching as a visiting lecturer at Gage Academy, UW painting program, and Cornish College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions have been mounted at Jupiter Contemporary in Miami, FL; T293 Gallery in Rome, Italy; and Specialist Gallery in Seattle, WA. She has also been exhibited in numerous group shows such as A Happy Beginning and Cruel Spring at Latitude Gallery in NY; David Zwirner’s Platform Online Viewing Room; Culture II at Strada World in NY. She is the recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Award (2023), Bernie Funk Artist Scholarship (2022), the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Scholarship Award (2022), and one of the 2023 artists-in-residence at Amazon AIR Program. Her art has been covered in numerous outlets, including New American Paintings, Whitehot Magazine, Booooooom, Art Maze Mag, and elsewhere.

Instagram: @yongqiichiban

Artwork by Yongqi Tang

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In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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