Irene Chan | Ch'An Press

Image on front page is a view of Thomas in the War, one of six pieces of a new series The Thomas Project. Will be exhibited with SPARK: New Light at the Peale, opening August 13 and continues to September 25, 2022.

Thomas Sylvanus was a Chinese from Hong Kong who as a boy, was enslaved in Baltimore in 1852 and ran away at 16 to volunteer for the Union Army. He served all the war years.
MEDIA: Paper lithography overlaid with a Civil War jacket sewing pattern: drawing with hand calligraphy on golden yellow glassine. 30 inches [76.2 cm] tall x 25 inches [63.5 cm] wide.



SPARK: New Light Exhibition
Opens with the renovations reopening event of The Peale: the oldest museum building in the United States
Curator: Catherine Borg
The Peale Museum
225 Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD, USA
August 13 to September 25, 2022
Open Hours
Thursday-Friday: 3-7pm ET
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-4pm ET
1. Museum 208th Anniversary Celebrations: August 13, 2022, In-Person.
2. Exhibition Opening Reception: September 7, 2022, 5:00-8:00pm ET In-Person. Remarks at 5:30pm. (I will be at opening).

Arts and Voices: Asian American Artists Books Exhibit
The Claremont Colleges, Asian Library
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA. USA
May 1 to June 17, 2022

Adaptation: Artist’s Books and Prints for a Changing Environment
during CODEX 2022 Book Fair in April
Curator: Julie Chen
Environmental Design Library
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
210 Wurster Hall
March 14 to May 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9th
Digital and Printed Catalog available here.


Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Chiroptera Installation Art
Outlook Gallery
with Chiroptera Soundscape by Tony Sonitro
Minneapolis, MN, USA
January 20 to March 20, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 20, 6-8pm CT


National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)
The Linked Petal-Fold Book
This workshop is in the 2022 Educator Summer Camp.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
On-line, 10-11:30am ET

Maine Media Workshops + College
Custom Bookcloth
Saturday, October 15, 2022
On-line, 1-4pm ET

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Dynamic & Infinite: Cut & Fold Artist Books
Saturday, January 22, 2022
In Person, 1-3:30pm CT


Conference 2022: Our Shared Future
Panel Organizer: Ryan O’Malley
Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI)
Union South, Northwoods
1308 W Dayton St, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Friday, March 18, 2022: 8:30-10:00am CDT


TongLau Art Space - This Event was rescheduled due to Covid-19 pandemic
I will walk all over Hong Kong looking at material culture and thinking about my ancestors. Will create new work from these materials.
Kowloon, Hong Kong, CHINA
Date TBA

Looking Ahead: 2023


Baldwin for the Arts
Brewster, New York, USA
March 2023


Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Belas Artes, PORTUGAL
SOLO EXHIBITION: Empty & Full: 24 Artist Books
VISITING PROFESSOR - October 31 to November 6, 2021
Book Arts Workshop: November 2-5, 2021
Artist Talk: November 4, 2021
Erasmus+ MobileUP is financially supported by the European Commission, EU


Every Day and Special Days: Artist Books
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)
From the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection in the Sherry Grover Gallery takes you on a journey from the special to the mundane. Time is marked through postcards or social media interactions, holding ceremonies, or simply surviving COVID.
550 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA. USA
July 2 to September 22, 2021

Mazes & Maps: An Exhibition Inspired by Digital and Analog Gaming
Curator: Andrew Wodzianksi
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC)
At PAAC and virtual
In this eight person exhibition, each artist has uniquely interpreted game maps through a balance of projection, labeling, and symbology. Some works are pure whimsy, but others are deeply reflective and socially acute.
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD, USA
Opening weekend: May 29-30
Panel Discussion with curator and artists:
June 24, 2021, 6:30 - 7:30pm
May 29 to July 11, 2021

Sparks IV: A New World?
Curator: Catherine Borg
Maryland Art Place (MAP)
At MAP and virtual
Artistic work is considered through the lens of the significant modifications to life during the pandemic alongside longstanding concerns such as systemic racism and the climate crisis.
218 W Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD, USA
Virtual Opening Reception May 6, Recording here. Curator Catherine Borg gives a 13-minute virtual tour through the exhibition at 10:04 of the recording.
April 29 to June 26, 2021
Virtual Video Screening Event Click here.
Thursday, June 3, 7:00-8:30pm


Bristol Artists’ Book Event 2021, by Arnolfini and Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE. With the Artist/Scholar of Color Collective, I showed a 4-minute presentation of Table of Conscience.
Bristol, UK
April 17 to 18, 2021

Paper Jam! An Alternative Book Fair, at Ringling College of Art + Design. I was one of the artists featured on Paper Jam’s website, Instagram and Facebook (@rcadpaperjam). Artists chosen are engaged in community activism or are addressing themes of injustice in their work, plus interactive stories to foster dialogue and encourage collaboration with other thinkers and makers. Paper Jam! has a mission to empower emerging and diverse voices. The chosen theme—MOVEMENT—is inspired by ongoing social movements for racial justice, gender equality, and diversity inclusion.
Saratoga, FL, USA
February 8 to 12, 2021

The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) Virtual Webinars, a series of three sessions featuring the Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective, founded by Tia Blassingame. Here is the recording. Roundtable with 8 members: Tia Blassingame, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Kinohi Nishikawa, Curtis Small, Irene Chan, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, and Radha Pandey.
New York, NY, USA
January 22, 2021 12:30pm EST



The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) Virtual Webinars, a series of three sessions featuring the Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective, founded by Tia Blassingame.
Free, registration required.
October 23, 2020, 12:30pm EST, Tia Blassingame, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Kinohi Nishikawa, Curtis Small. First session recording is on YouTube.
November 20, 2020, 12:30pm EST, Irene Chan, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, and Radha Pandey. Second session recording is on YouTube.

Jaffe Center for Book Arts Fall 2020 JCBA Artist of the Week Video Series. I am presenting my artist book \I-Ching Cards/ and interactive public performance Throw Im-Print ~ I-Ching during the week of November 2 to 8, 2020. Watch the entire series each week from October 21 to January 3 to see a total of 11 artists/designers/
publishers. After November 8, see the presentation on JCBA's Vimeo Page.

North American Hand Papermakers, Inc. (NAHP), Virtual Conference, Pecha Kucha Artist Talk for Paper Currents Presentation on my artist book Might.
Free for NAHP members. Please attend for Q&A session. If you are not a member, the presentation is also available here.
October 18, 2020, 4:15-5:15pm EST, with 6 presentations and Q&A


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Annual Invitational
November 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021


CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowship for my project SOUND for SEEING: Voices of the Chinese in Nineteenth Century America
I am learning how to podcast and use sound to bring this forgotten history to light.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD, USA
January - May 2020


Cuba at a Crossroads – A Bespoke Experience with a Focus on the Chinese-Descendant Cuban Community with Friends of Roots
To continue my research into the lives of the Early Chinese in the Americas
Havana, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, Santa Clara, CUBA
Partially funded with a UMBC Dresher Faculty Research Development Grant during my CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowship
March 4 - 13, 2020



Multitudes V: The Toolbox Series
My toolbox: Might
Multitudes is published by Container
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Fall 2019


1 Tenley Art All Night
presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser
200+ artists/performers at 18 local venues
September 14, 2019, 7pm - midnight
Free admission

Throw, Im-Print ~ I-Ching
(My public interaction piece is from 7 - 10pm).
Tenley-Friendship Public Library
Washington, D.C. 20016, USA

2 Chashama Gala of Performance and Installation Art

Throw, Im-Print ~ I-Ching (New work)
June 13, 2019

One World Trade Center
New York, NY, USA

3 Itinerant Performance Festival
Organized and curated by Hector Canonge
May 21-25, 2019

R.I.P. Body Landscape (New work)
Friday, May 24, 2019, 8pm -11pm
Free admission
(My performance is 25 minutes)

Grace Exhibition Space
East Village, New York, NY, USA


1 All Stitched Up
University of Puget Sound
Collins Memorial Library
Tacoma, WA, USA
September 3 - December 11, 2019
Opening Reception: September 14
One-day symposium: November 2

2 10x10 Invitational
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Hyattsville, MD, USA
December 2019


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD, 20781 USA

Paper Lithography: 1 evening and 2 days
Friday, October 18, 2019, 6-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 2019, 10am-4pm


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Vita Paper Arts Resident
Hyattsville, MD, USA
Summer 2019
Artist Talks: Irene Chan & Kate Gorman on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7pm, Free to the Public