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Hong Wan Tham

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ed.D. in College Teaching. Art Education. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. (ABD)

M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. (1996)

B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing, Minor in Music, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. (1993)

Scholarly Interests

My research interest lies in observing and making sense of the influence of socio-cultural and historical contexts on the contingent formation of self and how these negotiations within an individual are being mediated into art making. Through understanding the interconnectivity of the trio, artist educators would then be able to obtain a fuller picture in formulating their own pedagogy and in mentoring their students. The orientation of the next phrase of my research will remain within the same paradigm but focusing more on the current art education practice inside the Asian context. The purpose of the research is to create a pedagogy that encourage prospective art teachers to search for their individual identity as an artist researcher and to equipped them with the knowledge and confidence navigating around as an artist educator within the art education landscape of Singapore.

Selected Publications



Gazette/Department Newsletter February 29, 2012. Spotlight On Art and Art Education Instructor and Ed.D.CT Candidate Hong Wan Tham. Interview, by Amy Lombard.


To occupy a different space of mind – Investigating the connectivity between socio-cultural and historical contexts and the positioning of self in the studio art practice of the Post Eighty Generation Artists in Beijing. Dissertation in progress.



2012   Cross Media Studio, Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

2011   Teachers College International Students Art Exhibition, Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

2010   The Myers Art Prizes 2010 Exhibition, Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.


2010   Dialectal Dialectic: An exhibition of alternative practices of contemporary art within Chinese speaking regions, showcasing the artwork of three artists Chia-Ling Lee (Taiwan), Hong Wan Tham (Malaysia/Singapore) and Jun Gao (Mainland China). Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.


2010   Studio Practices (Juried Exhibition), Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.


1997   1997 International Printmaking Fanfare, Guest Artist, Raffles Foyer Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Singapore.


1997   Thesis Show – Quest (Installation), Cage Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

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