Chiong-Yiao Chen


University Gallery Director

       Chiong-Yiao Chen


A native of Taiwan and a naturalized citizen of the U.S., I received my undergraduate education from the National Taiwan Normal University with focus studies in Design and Secondary Art Education. I received my M.F.A. Degree in Studio Art from SUNY Albany with a specialty in Graphic Art. I also experiment and teach a variety of printmaking processes and other works-on-paper mediums.

My experience before teaching in higher education includes being a master printer in our nation’s oldest non-profit, public education facility, The Printmaking Workshop in New York City. There I taught the art of printmaking and worked on lithography projects by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. In addition to teaching and service, I served as the University of North Alabama’s Art Department Chair from 2007-2017, and am now Director of University Galleries and UNA’s Institutional Representative to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. I have a big-picture understanding of what makes a quality art and design program, the nature of an art faculty’s work, and issues relevant to educating artists of the twenty-first century. I am familiar with the broader trends in higher education, including Strategic Doing and Competency-Based Assessment, and I am insightful on the practices of Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Research Interests

  • Studio Art: Design Foundation, Drawing, Printmaking, and Gallery Practice


  •   Art Studio (MFA)
    University at Albany-State University of New York
  •   Art Studio (MA)
    University at Albany-State University of New York
  •   Studio Art (BA)
    National Taiwan Normal University