Have you ever come across a sculpture at Snug Harbor and wondered about its story? Well, here’s your chance to learn and ask questions about public art on campus! Join us for a virtual sculpture walk where we will highlight sculptural installations at Snug Harbor by Tattfoo Tan, Cecile Chong, and Lina Montoya.
As you enjoy public art at Snug Harbor, please remember:
- Maintain a distance of 6+ feet away from other visitors whenever possible
- Wear a mask while on campus
- Practice good hygiene and sanitization
- Stay home if you are sick
Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities NY, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
About the Artists
Artist Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, 601 Tully: Center for Engaged Art and Research at Syracuse University, Macalester College, Ballroom Marfa, Creative Time, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan’s projects have been presented by the Laundromat Project, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts program, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program. His work has been published by Gestalten and Thames and Hudson.
Tan has been widely recognized for his artistic contributions and service to the community, and is the proud recipient of a proclamation from The City of New York. He is the recipient of grants from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts. In 2010, Tan received the annual Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York for his design and branding of the Super-Graphic on Bronx River Art Center. He currently serves on the Mayor’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee to support the development of a Comprehensive Cultural Plan and as NYFA’s Artists Advisory Committee.
Born in Ecuador to Chinese parents, Cecile Chong lives and works in New York. She has received fellowships and residencies including The Block Gallery/ AIM Artist Hub, BRIC Media Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop, MASS MoCA Studios, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM – Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Her public art installation EL DORADO – The New Forty Niners has been installed on Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include Smack Mellon, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Selena Gallery, BRIC House, Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figureworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. Group exhibitions include El Museo del Barrio, Nevada Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Hunterdon Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Wave Hill, Sue Scott Gallery in the US and the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. Cecile’s work is in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Chinese in America, The Center for Book Arts and Citibank Art Advisory. Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Artnet, Huffington Post, El Diario La Prensa, Singtao Daily, 3dotswater.com and The New York Times. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.
Lina Montoya is a Graphic Designer, Muralist, and Teaching Artist, born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. Based in New York City since 2010. Founder of the LM Project, an artistic initiative developed between the US and Latin America to exchange “Magical Experiences” through socially engaged art for public space beautification and community engagement. Founder of “La Isla Bonita Summer Festival”, a yearly cultural happening established in 2015 which would celebrate Staten Island’s diversity, promoting accessible, family-friendly local and global arts and culture.
Since 2013 she has been developing two ongoing series of public art, one focuses in NYC and the other in Latin America and places she has travel to, including her hometown in Colombia and other countries such as Mexico, Panama and more recently Malta. Besides the Workshops and art-making activities she leads to create temporary or indoor pieces, more than 60 large scale artworks have been installed or painted during the past years where she participated, through residencies at NYC Public Schools, working with Community-based organizations, Art Grants, private commissions, public agencies, including collaborations with other artists to paint at Community Centers, NYC Housing Developments and Rikers Island.