yiyun@yiyunchen.com
Currently lives and works in Cleveland, OH

Bio
Born and raised in Guangdong, China. Yiyun Chen is an Artist based in Cleveland OH.  Yiyun received his MFA photography and related media from Rochester Institute of Technology. He also received the Theodore Chapman and William A. Reedy Endowment Scholarship in support of his graduate work from RIT. He holds the Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University and was invited into the Post Bac program at Cleveland Institute of Art where he continued his studies in photography and video. Yiyun is currently focusing on his art practice dealing with the exploration of image, moving image and text.

Education
MFA, Photography and Related Media, Rochester Institute of Technology,  05/2018
Post-Bacc, Photography and Video, The Cleveland Institute of Art, 12/2015
BA, Studio Art Photography, Cleveland State University, 05/2015

Selected Group Exhibitions
Terra Incognita, MFA Thesis Exhibition, William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2018
The 1st Annual 2017 National Juried Art Exhibition, Wausau MOCA,  Wausau, WI, 2017
LoosenArt Collective, LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy, 2017
TURN UP II:The Alma Mater Edition, Popeye Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 2017
SPAS Honors Show, William Harris Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2017
MFA Work Share, William Harris Gallery,  Rochester, NY, 2016
CO-LAB, Gallery R, Rochester, NY, 2016
The Same But Different, New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, NY, 2016
The self(ie) and the other:portraiture, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2015
Merit Scholar Exhibition, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH, 2014 & 2015
The Student Art Show, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH, 2013 - 2015
The 21st People’s Art Show, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland, OH, 2012-2015
Western Reserve Photo Competition, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH, 2014
Spotlight: Emerging Photographers, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH, 2013
Street Photography, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA, 2012

Selected Grants & Fellowships
William A. Reedy Endowed Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2017
Theodore Chapman Graduate Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2016 & 2017
Honorable Mention, International Photography Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2016 & 2017
Third Place Winner, The Same But Different, New York Center for Photographic Art, 2016
Full Scholarship, CSU-CIA Post-Bacc Program, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, 2015
Visual Art Merit Scholarship, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, 2013 & 2014
Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship, Cleveland City Hall, Cleveland, OH, 2010

Collections
Mandel Foundation, Cleveland OH, 2014 & 2015
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2014