Born and raised in Tianjin, China, Meng Tang currently works as a media artist, curator, and art educator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Beijing Film Academy in 1996, and a Master’s degree in Media Art from New York University in 2006, Tang earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2010, becoming the first Chinese national to earn an M.F.A. degree from the University of Minnesota.
Having served for more than ten years on the faculty of the Beijing Film Academy, Tang is now a lecturer in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Art, for whom she teaches media-art and art-history courses.
Tang’s life has given her extensive experience in dealing with the cultural differences that inspire much of her work. As an artist, she works in a wide variety of media – including film, video installation, photography, sculpture, and performance art.
Tang’s art has been exhibited in national and international venues, including the Kobe Biennale in Japan, the Chengdu Biennale in China, and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Her art has also been collected by many public and private collectors in the U.S. and Asia.
Tang has curated a number of international art exhibitions, including The Rule of Art (Beijing Korean Center, 2009), The Abstract Truth (Beijing 798, 2009), Boundary: Life or Art (Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, 2013), and Ink: Zen or Revolution (Minneapolis, 2014).
Tang also has published a translated book, five catalogs, and numerous articles on contemporary art and film. In 2011, she was named an “Artist to Watch” by Minnesota Monthly. She was also featured in a lengthy article in Rain Taxi Magazine.
Tang is currently Vice-President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and a member of the Central Arts and Culture Committee of China Association for Promoting Democracy (CAPD), the third largest political party in China.