Will Kwan

Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Program Director

Will Kwan is a Hong Kong-born, Tsi Tkaronto-based artist and educator. His artistic practice examines the diverse ways that hegemony is produced through economic systems and cultural narratives.

Will received his MFA from Columbia University and from 2004-2006 was a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He has been a full-time faculty member at UofT since 2007, teaching undergraduate courses in interdisciplinary art practice and time-based media at the University of Toronto Scarborough and serving as a faculty member in the Master of Visual Studies Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the UofT St. George Campus. Will’s work is held in the permanent collections of M+ in Hong Kong, Folkestone Artworks in Folkestone, U.K., the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Canada Council Art Bank. His work has been exhibited at triennial and biennial exhibitions in Folkestone, Liverpool, Montreal, and Venice, and at venues including MoMA PS1, Art in General, and the Cooper Union in New York, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the MAC VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine, the CAC in Vilnius, the Polish National Museum in Poznan, the Zendai Museum of Modern Art and Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Power Plant in Toronto, and The Western Front and Centre A in Vancouver. Will has been an artist-in-residence at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, the Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, and the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito.



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.