Yan Kong is the director and one of the founders of the Asian American Women Artists Alliance. In 1998 she recognized the urgent need for a central place where Asian women artists would have access to information and resources in the arts, of creating opportunities for showcasing Asian women artists' work, and educating the general public about this community's unique contributions to the arts in New York City. AAWAA was incorporated in 1998 and received its 501 C-3 non-profit status in 1999. The mission of the Asian American Women Artists Alliance (AAWAA) is to support and promote Asian American Women artists in the visual and performing arts. Working with volunteer artists members within the organization, Yan has coordinated and put together, to this date, 22 visual arts exhibitions, 8 performances, 7 catalogs to document exhibitions, and a website for AAWAA - all on a shoestring budget.
Born in China, Yan grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong. At 18, she came to the United States to attend college. Although her formal education centered on science, Kong decided to pursue art upon obtaining permanent residency in 1978. She studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League for three years. Kong began as a figurative painter and studied art at museums. Gradually over the years, she has found her voice using color in a unique way to create images of landscapes and abstractions. Her recent work explores a world of light through colors and abstract forms.
"Take No Prisoners", 2005
48” x 58”
Acrylic on canvas
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