- Creator, interviewee
- Chong, Fay
- Fay Chong papers and oral history interview
- approximately 1933-1976 (inclusive)19331976
- .25 cubic foot plus 1 reel-to-reel tape and 1 transcript
- Collection Number
- Tape-recorded interview and other papers of a printmaker and watercolor painter discussing his art, his associations with the other artists in the area, the WPA program, regionalism and his own artistic philosophy.
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Open to all users.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Fay Chong was born in Canton, China in 1912 and moved to Seattle in 1920. Chong began studying art with Hannah Jones at Seattle's Broadway High School along with classmates George Tsutakawa and Morris Graves. He studied informally with Mark Tobey off and on from 1939 through the 1950s. He also studied traditional calligraphy techniques during return visits to China in 1929 and 1935. In 1933, Chong and his associates formed the Chinese Arts Club, which began as an informal co-op holding shows in Seattle's International District, and eventually exhibited as an arts collective at the New York Chinese School.
In 1938, during the Great Depression, Chong worked as an artist with the Federal Art Project of the Works Project Administration, with whom he worked on and off until 1942. He mainly created linocut prints of federal buildings and public places, and also became interested in watercolor at this time. He earned a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1968, while already well-known as a nationally exhibited WPA artist, and went on to earn an M.A. in arts education in 1971. He taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Central College, Washington Senior High School, and Ingraham High School.
His painting fuses traditional Chinese painting style with American regionalism and other modern developments. He exhibited his art work in Philadelphia, Oakland, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Northwest Printmakers beginning in 1940. He was an artist with the Washington Art Project of the Works Project Administration. Chong was a member of the Chinese Art Club, Northwest Printmakers (served as treasurer and president), Northwest Watercolor Society (served as president), Puget Sound Group of Painters, and Washington Art Association. Chong was married to fellow artist Priscilla Hwang, and the paint exhibited together at the annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair for many years. Chong died of a stroke in 1973.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Consult the scope and content information for each of the accessions listed below.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Organized into 3 accessions.
- Accession No. 2574-001, Oral history interview with Fay Chong, 1972
- Accession No. 2574-002, Fay Chong papers, approximately 1933-1958
- Accession No. 2574-003, Fay Chong papers, 1958-1976
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Accession No. 2574-001: Oral history interview with Fay Chong, 1972Return to Top
Scope and Content: Tape recorded interview conducted by William Hoppe.
Mr. Chong discusses his beginnings in art in Seattle in the 1930s, his associations with the other artists in the area, the WPA program, regionalism and his own artistic philosophy.
Restrictions on Access: The transcript is open to all users. No user access copy exists for the original analog tape. Users may obtain a reproduction of the tape for a fee by contacting Special Collections.
Acquisition Info: Received 7/17/1972.
Accession No. 2574-002: Fay Chong papers, circa 1933-1958Return to Top
Scope and Content: Correspondence and exhibition catalogs, WPA photograph.
Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.
Acquisition Info: Donated by Priscilla Chong, 5/6/1976.
Series 1: Incoming Letters
Cayuga Museum of History and Art
Seattle Art Museum
Miscellaneous S-Y, Unidentified
Series 2: Exhibition Catalogs
Northwest Watercolor Society of Seattle
Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Artist Annual Exhibit
Series 3: Catalogs
YMCA Adult Hobby School
Series 4: Miscellany
Miscellany, Including Photographs
Accession No. 2574-003: Fay Chong papers, 1958-1976Return to Top
Scope and Content: Biographical features, Christmas card, gallery notices, list of exhibits, photographs, clippings. The Christmas card is an original work of art by Fay Chong. Many photographs are of his work, one is a portrait of him.
Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.
Acquisition Info: Received 1/1/1983.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Chinese American artists--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
- Printmakers--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Watercolorists--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Chong, Fay--Archives
- Chong, Fay--Interviews
- Chong, Fay--Photographs
- Bok, Hannes (creator)
- Hoppe, Bill (interviewer)
- Northwest Printmakers (creator)
- Northwest Watercolor Society (creator)
- Seattle Art Museum (creator)