Victoria Jang’s ceramic sculptures embody the complex hybridization of American-Korean culture. First generation Korean American, Victoria Jang grew up in the eastern border of Bergen County, New Jersey, one of the major hubs of the Korean’s in North America. The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 led most Chinese, Taiwanese and Koreans to surround the Hudson River. Jang’s parents owned a small grocery store in Manhattan and frequented Flushing, a neighborhood in the NYC boroughs of Queens which became one of the epicenters of Korean communities. Her experience navigating a multi-cultural environment prompted her to embark on an exploration of the multiplicity of Americanness.
Victoria Jang received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2010. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and received her MFA in ceramics at the California College of the Arts in 2014. Jang received a Headlands Graduate Fellowship Award, Murphy Award and Cadogen Scholarship and was the featured artist for the 2014 Apature exhibition at Kearny Street Workshop. She recently received the 2017–18 AICAD teaching fellowship at the Maryland Institute of Contempory Art (MICA), where she continues to teach, and the Retired Professor’s Award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She was a Visiting Artist in Residence for 2015-2016 at the University of California, Berkeley.