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Sonia Mak

Sonia Mak

Sonia Mak is a Los Angeles based independent curator, writer, and arts administrator. Mak has worked in Los Angeles¹s arts community for more than a decade. Her interest in pioneering Asian American artists and Chinese contemporary art began during her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, under the tutelage of Mark Dean Johnson. Mak completed a curatorial internship at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, during which she authored an exhibition proposal for a California-focused Asian American art exhibition. Upon receiving her Masters in Art History from University of California, Riverside in 2001, she joined the Chinese American Museum as a founding curator, where she established a changing exhibition program for both pioneering and emerging Chinese American visual artists in Los Angeles. She has organized solo retrospective museum shows for pioneering Chinese American artists. She has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Summer School for the Arts, and the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College. Mak is guest curating a major solo retrospective exhibition on the life and work of Dong Kingman for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles in early 2015.