Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Maia Chao

Maia Chao

Lecturer

Maia Chao is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines informal and formal institutions, such as family, school, museums, language, economic and legal systems. Working collaboratively in performance, video, sculpture, and social practice, she frequently draws on methods from anthropology, linguistics, and psychology. She is co-creator of the socially engaged artwork, Look at Art. Get Paid. Chao has received commissions from The Shed, The New School, and Tufts University; and exhibited at the RISD Museum, Kellen Gallery at Parsons, Brown University, Haverford College, The Fine Arts Work Center, and Cuchifritos Gallery. She has designed and led public programs at MoMA and the New Museum. Recent residencies and fellowships include: Haverford College, Asian American Arts Alliance of NYC, Pioneer Works, and Queer|Art. Her work has been discussed in BOMB Magazine, The Paris Review and Hyperallergic. A Fulbright grantee, Chao holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from RISD. She is a member of the artist collective Vox Populi in Philadelphia.