Nick DONG (1973-)

Nick Dong graduated with a BFA in Mixed Medias and Paintings from Tung-Hai University and further acquired an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of Oregon. After moving to Oakland, Dong established his own atelier: “studioDONG” in 2013 and started to exhibit both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Dong was enlisted as one of the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures artists by the Renwick Gallery of Smithsonian American Art Museum. Dong is more than just a trained metalsmith; he is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist that incorporates science theories, cutting age technologies, and humanity into his work, with the aim to spark wonder and create transcending experiences.

Curriculum Vitae

2009 Northern California Public Art Academy
2002 MFA: Metalsmithing and Jewelry. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US
1996 BFA: Mixed Medias and Paintings. Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Solo Exhibition

2021 MANDALA|by Nick DONG, Chini Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 LightScapes: Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US
Mendsmith Project, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland CA, US
2017 Circular Heaven – Square Earth, National Taichung Theater, Taiwan
Longing Cloud, Cloud Gate Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Specular Reflection, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Spiritual Fluid, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA, US
2016 On Model of Contemplation, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA, US
2015 Forever Young, Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan
2014 Cosmic Dance, Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Be-longing-En-lightening, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA, US
2013 Meaning Outside Meaning, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Group Exhibition

2018 Uneasy Beauty, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA, US
1983 Dadu Mountian – Diamond Sutra, Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan
2015 Moved by Metal – On Beauty as Interaction, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, NC, US
Disruption, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, US
California Now, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, US
2014 Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA, US
I’m Your Man, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York City, NY, US
2013 Transformation of Connectivity: Conversation, Confluence, Collaboration, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA, US
2012 40 Under 40 – Craft Futures, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, US


2016 Maker Faire Bay Area 2016, Five Editor’s Choice Awards
2015 Awarded best in show in Enamel from CALIFORNIA NOW exhibition at Richmond Art Center
2008 Fabled Adornment series collected by National Museum of Norway
2004 Selected from a juried competition by Lard Books 1000 RINGS and was referenced inside the covers
2003 Awarded Special Citation from Cheongju International Craft Biennial 2003

Professional Experience

2016- Stevenson Street, San Francisco Artistic Improvement Project – Project Manger
2013- studioDONG – Founder / Chief Creative Officer
2011-2017 City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, Public Art Advisory Committee (Co-Chair 2014-2017)
2008-2014 California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, US – Instructor – Senior Project
2006-2008 Samovar Tea Lounge, San Francisco, US – Art Director
2005 Taipei 101 President Office, Taipei, Taiwan – Art Consultant / Feature Artist
2004-2010 Mart Tiller Corp, Taipei, Taiwan – Furniture Department Design Manager
2004 Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan – Exhibition Object Display Fabricator
2003 The Crucible, Oakland, CA, US – Instructor – 10 Rings in 10 weeks
2003-2004 Gallery FLUX, San Francisco, CA, US – Bench Jeweler
2001-2002 University of Oregon Department of Art, Eugene, Oregon – Instructor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry

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