Samuel Chow is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; prior to that, he received his BA (Honours) in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto, during all four years of which he was a National Scholar. Chow is an accomplished mixed-media painter and digital printmaker, while he is primarily known for his accomplishments in video. His film “Banana Boy” (2003, Digital Video and Super 8, 7 min, English and Cantonese) won the 2003 Reel Asian International Film Festival Emerging Artist Award and was subsequently adapted as a CBC Radio Play in 2005. “Banana Boy” was one of 10 short films in a special program mounted by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York) curators, Another Wave: Global Queer Cinema, Part 2 – Cross-Cultural Jam, and shown on September 13 and 14, 2006, at MOMA. Chow’s film was the only 21st Century film selected and he was the only artist under age 40 (let alone under age 30). Beyond the MoMA’s recognition, his video/film work has attracted significant academic and artistic honours including wide-ranging critical recognition of his film, radio play and video work.
Chow’s I’m Feeling Lucky solo exhibition at Craig Scott Gallery, September 3-28, 2008, consisted of a new media work in the form of what Chow calls a 'random path network' projected in a small theatre setting (the north gallery of Craig Scott Gallery) and a series of prints of stills from the work displayed in the centre gallery. The I'm Feeling Lucky exhibition was presented in association with the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival: Future Projections. The TIFF press release can be viewed at CINEMA MEETS THE VISUAL ARTS AT TIFF08 WITH MOVING-IMAGE PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF TORONTO..
2007:Master in Fine Arts in Studio: Film, Video and New Media Candidate, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (two-year program)
2004: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Specialist in Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2005 Emerging Media Artist Award, Mississauga Arts Council, Canada
Individual Media Artist Grant, Emerging (Creation and Production $5,000.00) Ontario Arts Council, Ontario, Canada
Juried Radio Adaptation and National Broadcast of Exceptional Canadian Shorts CBC Radio, Canada
2004 “Next Generation of Canadian Leaders” Distinction, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada This biennial list recognizes high-achieving and exceptional young alumni who are contributing significantly to their academic discipline and community. Published in the University of Toronto magazine, the profile and review celebrated artistic and academic achievements, as well as community leadership.
The Fourth Annual Flaming Film Festival Official Guest Artist and Speaker, Intermedia Arts Center, Minneapolis, USA. (May 12 – 16)
Best Festival Documentary, Hart House Film Board Gala, Hart House, Toronto, Canada.
2003 Reel Asian Trinity Square Video Emerging Artist Award
1998-2002: University of Toronto National Scholar
7th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada.
William J. Dowkes Digital Print Winner, 81st Annual Exhibition of Photographs, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Queer Youth Digital Video Project, Inside Out Toronto Film and Video Festival and Charles Street Video, Toronto, Canada.
2005: Waugh, Thomas. manuscript in progress for book on Contemporary Canadian Film and Video, forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada
2005: Williams, Tonya Lee (Actress, Producer and Founder of Reel World Film Festival). Sunday Showcase: Reel World Radio, CBC Radio, Toronto, Canada, April 24, 2005. (Radio Interview)
2004: Paradis, Scott. “Making a mark with art.” North York Mirror, North York, Canada, Nov 17, 2004, p.21
2004: Bugg, Sean. “Reel Affirmations: Queerly Asian Shorts Review”, Metro Weekly, Washington D.C., USA, Oct 21, 2004
2004: Easton, Megan. “Young Achievers: They’re Smart, Creative, Successful and Ambitious. Meet the Next Generation of Canadian Leaders” University of Toronto Magazine, Toronto, Canada, Summer 2004, Vol. 31. No. 4. p. 37
2004: Matter, University of Toronto Department of Fine Arts Annual Review, Toronto, Canada, Reproduction, 2004
2004: International Homo/Lesbian Information Center and Archives (IHLIA), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2004
2004: Hart House Review (2004), Hart House, Toronto, Canada, p. 66, Reproduction
Jacquet, Hugues. “Room service: une exposition a louer”, Exporevue Magazine, France, March 2004
McNeely, Lizzie. “Art hors d’oeuvres”, The Varsity, Toronto, Canada, March 29, 2004, p.11.
2003: Reel Asian International Film Festival, Independent Film Channel, Toronto, Canada, November 27, 2003 (Television Interview)
Clarke, Michele “Home & Away,” Xtra, Toronto, Canada, No. 486, November 27. Cover Feature and p. 29. (www.xtra.ca)
Mokler, Jeff. “Film Festival reels out Asian perspective”, The Varsity, Toronto, Canada, November 27, 2003, p.11
“Vancouver Asian Film Festival,” Xtra West, Vancouver, Canada, No. 266, October 30, p. 29, Reproduction
Hart House Review (2003), Hart House, Toronto, Canada, Cover Art and p.57. Reproduction.
Perceptions, University of Toronto Department of English Annual Review, Toronto, Canada, p. 22. Reproduction.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008: I'm Feeling Lucky, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto / Toronto International Film Festival Future Projections '08
2003: Reincarnations, Arbor Room at Hart House, Toronto, Canada (October 20 to December 20)
Selected Juried Group Exhibitions
2004: Hart House 2004 Art Competition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada (multiple works) (March 11 to April 8), Jurors: Lupe Rodriguez, Stephen Cruise, Xandra Eden
2003: 81st Annual Exhibition of Photographs, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada. (March 13 to April 10), Jurors: Susan Dobson, Sabrina Francescut, Aristea Rizakos
2003: Hart House 2003 Art Competition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada. (March 13 to April 10), Jurors: Joshua Burston, Ed Pien, Jeannie Thib
Private Collections across North America