Ken Lum is an artist born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He presently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a Professor in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. From 2000 to 2006 Ken Lum was head of the graduate program in studio art at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he taught from 1990 to 2006. Lum joined the faculty of Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, in 2005 and worked there until 2007. He was invited Professor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris from 1995 to 1997. He has been invited Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; the Ecole National d’Arts Plastiques, Fort de France, Martinique; the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine; and the China Art Academy, Hangzhou.
Lum is co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art. He has published extensively and delivered keynote addresses to the World Museums Conference in Shanghai in 2010, the Sydney Biennale in 2006 and the Universities Art Association of Canada in 1997. In 2008, Lum completed an artist’s book project with philosopher Hubert Damisch that was published by Three Star Press of Paris. Lum was project advisor for The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994 (2001). He was co-curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005), and Shanghai Modern: 1919-1945 (2005). Lum has exhibited widely, including Sao Paulo Bienal (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial (2011) and the Whitney Biennial (2014). Lum is also active in public art, realizing permanent works in Vienna, St. Moritz, Edmonton, Vancouver, St Louis, Leiden, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Utrecht.