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Rogers Art Loft Welcomes Artist Zhiwan Cheung from China for Virtual Artist-in-Residency

The Rogers Art Loft at The Lucy, a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program dedicated to inclusivity, creativity, and empowerment of artists, welcomes artist Zhiwan Cheung from China for a seven-week virtual artist-in-residency. Connecting digitally from China, Cheung will engage with local cultural workers and artists of color for his residency project entitled Seeing Color with Zhiwan Cheung: Las Vegas Edition.

During the residency, Cheung will host a robust schedule of engaging events including an artist talk, studio visit and culminating event. Additionally, Cheung will host a localized version of his ongoing podcast, Seeing Color and will include several live and recorded interviews to expand the area of what is a predominantly white space in the arts. With discussions shifting between art, race and colonialism, Cheung and guests will explore the creative process in a white-dominated art world.Zhiwan Cheung first got a taste of performing in front of a camera as a book reviewer for Reading Rainbow, the 1990’s television show advocating reading for children. Since then, Cheung has continued to probe the intersection of national identity and the personal psyche, focusing on how and where they join and diverge. As an odyssey toward a home that does not exist, a rite of passage with no destination, Zhiwan Cheung uses his work to search for a critical understanding of an impossible homecoming. 

Zhiwan Cheung Residency Event Schedule:

Artist Talk – Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. PT via Zoom – Click here to register

Zhiwan Cheung: In Conversation with Justin Favela. Cheung will talk in conversation with Las Vegas-born, multi-disciplinary artist, Justin Favela. Their conversation will dive into Zhiwan’s past works and his plans for his virtual residency at Rogers Art Loft.

Studio Visit – Wednesday, June 30 at 2 p.m. PT via Instagram

Zhiwan Cheung will walk viewers through the nuances of the work they are creating while in residence. 

Seeing Color Podcast, Las Vegas Edition Interviews – Weekly

RAL Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Zhiwan Cheung will be hosting; Seeing Color Podcast, Las Vegas Edition. With a new episode each week, these recorded podcasts and live interviews will highlight local Las Vegas cultural workers and artists of color in order to expand the area of what is a predominantly white space in the arts.  Guests: Dr. Erika Abad, Sapira Cheuk, Fawn Douglas, Brent Holmes, Jennifer Kleven, Tiffany Lin, Ashanti McGee, Vogue Robinson, Erica Vital-Lazare, Shahab Zargari

Culminating Event – Thursday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom – Click here to register

Zhiwan will highlight moments of their interviews with local Las Vegas cultural workers and artists created while in residence.Hailing originally from Long Beach, Calif., Zhiwan Cheung received his BFA from Cornell University and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in venues such as NURTUREart Gallery in New York, Pica Pica Gallery in Berlin, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

More recently, Zhiwan received a Fulbright grant to research the Fluxus art group in Berlin, Germany. Currently, Zhiwan is currently a Professor of Media Arts at the United International College in Zhuhai, China.“We are thrilled to welcome Zhiwan virtually to Las Vegas for this dynamic artist residency program at the Rogers Art Loft,” said Lance Smith, Residency Director. “Zhiwan is a prolific artist and is looking forward to engaging deeply with the Las Vegas community, particularly with those creatives in the burgeoning cultural scene here.” 

Since launching with its inaugural roster of artists in June 2019, The Rogers Art Loft at The Lucy has successfully welcomed artists – both in-person and virtually – from a variety of disciplines including printmaking, sculpture, video and performance art, fiber arts, and collage, to share their creative insight and practice with the Las Vegas community. While the impactful artist-in-residency program pivoted to a digital format during the global pandemic, for 2022 the Rogers Art Loft’s Artist-in-Residency program will be a hybrid of in-person experience and virtual programming. The premier artist-in-residency program encourages emerging artists, both national and international, to apply. Selected resident artists will have the opportunity to live and work in a first-of-its-kind creative community – The Lucy – in vibrant Downtown Las Vegas and will have access to creative workspace at the nearby Rogers Studio Gallery to present artist talks, performances, and exhibitions.

Dedicated to inclusivity, originality, and empowerment of artist, applications for the 2022 Artist-in-Residency program are now open and must be submitted by the deadline on July 15, 2021. Interested applicants can submit their Las Vegas-specific project proposal, portfolio, written statements, and biographical information online by clicking here.  Notifications will be sent out in August 2021.  The brainchild of local philanthropist and patron of the arts Beverly Rogers, the Rogers Art Loft is made possible by The Rogers Foundation, dedicated to transforming lives through arts and education in Southern Nevada.For more information and to learn more about each artist, sign up for the Rogers Art Loft email blast at and follow on Facebook and Instagram.


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