Michele Kong’s work has been included in several group exhibitions at a variety of art venues including: PS1 Contemporary Art Center (NY), Arlington Arts Center (VA), Maryland Art Place (MD), and Numark Gallery (DC), to name just a few. In 2006, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE) presented her first solo exhibition entitled Critical Density. Subsequently, Kong has had solo exhibitions at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DE) in 2007 and Bucknell University’s Samek Art Gallery (PA) in 2008. In 2008-09, she was a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center (MA). Several other residency programs have provided support for her work including: The MacDowell Colony, Sculpture Space, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. Additionally, she received a 2006-06 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. More recently she was in residence at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo from October 2009 and into spring of 2010. In conjunction, Kong was one of five participants in the Creative Artist Exchange Program, an initiative sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her artwork has been covered and reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and other publications.
Kong was born to immigrant parents and raised in suburban Los Angeles. Having spent time in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, direct experiences and a great love for travel inform her international perspective. She borrows from this and incorporates a diverse range of cultural references into her artwork.