Will Kwan

Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Program Director

Born in 1978 in Hong Kong, Will received his MFA from Columbia University in 2004 and from 2004-2006 was a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands. His work has been exhibited at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, the 2007 Montreal Biennale, the 2003 Venice Biennale, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Art in General, and Cooper Union in New York, the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuanian, the Polish National Museum in Poznan, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and The Power Plant in Toronto, and The Western Front in Vancouver.

Will has been an artist-in-residence at numerous institutions including the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy, the Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai and recently at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, England. His work is held in the collections of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Doris McCarthy Gallery in Toronto, and the M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong.

At UTSC, Will teaches Studio courses in video, time-based media, and sculpture/installation, and seminars on art and globalization, activist art, and interdisciplinary art practice. Will is also a graduate faculty member in the Masters of Visual Studies Program in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the St. George Campus.


B.A. (Toronto), M.F.A. (Columbia)

Research Interests

Globalization and contemporary art; Asian contemporary art; Critical art practices; Interculturalism and diaspora; War and visual culture.