Derek Chan

Born 1981, Berkeley, CA
Lives and works in Santa Fe, NM


MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design, 2007
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Mending The World Through a Dream, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM


Causation, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

Causation, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM


All Our Relations, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

Thirty and Eight, Golden Age, Chicago, IL
A Way of Life, UBS 12×12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Select Group Exhibitions


Render Bender, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM


20th Anniversary Show, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

Spring 2012 CSA, ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL

Speak Forward, Harold Washington President’s Gallery, Chicago, IL


Cosmic Workshop, in collaboration with Lisa Alvarado and Joshua Abrams, Chicago, IL

Happiness Project, presented by 6018north, Chicago, IL

Write Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Creative Will, Backspace, Peoria, IL

Bless, Ben Russell, Chicago, IL


Monastic Residency, Cosmology of Yard (in collaboration with Theaster Gates for Whitney Biennial), Whitney Museum, New York, NY

A Mindless Affair, Antena, Chicago, IL
NY Art Book Fair, Golden Age, New York, NY


Tomorrow, Vega Estates, Chicago, IL
Attack Your Cardiac, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Milwaukee International, Old Gold, Milwaukee, WI
Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute, Golden Age, New York, NY


2012-13 Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Roswell, NM

Select Bibliography


Abatemarco, Michael, “Derek Chan’s experimental multimedia exploration of reality” Pasatiempo, May 22, 2015


Weber, Candice, “Derek Chan at Carrie Secrist Gallery” Timeout Chicago, December 28, 2011

Lund, Karsten “Derek Chan, Chicago,” Art Papers January/February 2011 p. 45


Nichols, Thea Liberty “Review: Derek Chan/ Museum of Contemporary Art,” New City Art, November 15, 2010

Syms, Martine, “Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad At Sports/ Interview with Derek Chan” Art:21, October 26, 2010

Stabler, Bert, “Fall Arts Guide, 2010: Derek Chan (Best Bet: Art)” Chicago Reader, September 16, 2010