Sandy Cheng
Tephra ICA | Reston, VA

Sandy Cheng is a Taiwanese born, Washington, DC–based emerging curator and an art nonprofit worker. She has curated exhibitions, including Frequent Goodbyes (2023), Washington, DC; Bless this Mess (2022), Baltimore, MD; Feels Familiar (2022), Baltimore, MD; and The Phenomenon (2021), Kaoshiung–Tapei–Tainan, Taiwan. Sandy earned her BFA in Visual Arts and Design from the National University of Tainan and MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently an intern at Hamiltonian Artists, Washington, DC, and a 2023 ArtTable Fellow at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, Reston, VA.

Cheng’s diverse cultural experiences have sparked her to focus on the inherent disparities among individuals. During her graduate studies, she delved into the realm of “third culture kids”—a term first coined by sociologist Dr. Ruth Hill Useem in the 1950s. These people have spent a significant part of their childhood living outside of their passport countries, and on either side of their parents’ cultures. This exploration deepened her fascination with the ways in which artists incorporate global cultural influences into their creations.


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