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b. 1985, Singapore
Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada

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2010Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2008Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Photography Studies, Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University), Toronto, ON

Solo Exhibitions / Performances
2020Both/and: Artist-parents in conversation + a performance, Future Forum, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC (online)
2019common wealth, Alternative Creations Studio, April 11-17, Vancouver, BC
2013Neither/nor, Both/and, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, July 3-31, Vancouver, BC
20116th Biennale Image and Imagery Conference: Silence and the Silenced, Brock University, Oct 29, St. Catharines, ON (performance)
2007Bystander, Ryerson University School of Image Arts Gallery, Nov 19-23, Toronto, ON

Group Exhibitions & Screenings (Selected)
2023The Art of Conversation, Artists for Kids at the Gordon Smith Gallery, September 23 – February 9, 2024
Maternal Instinct, Polygon Gallery, May 18 (film screening)
2022Shifting Articulations of Asian-ness in Contemporary Canada, June 25 – August 7 (online); curated by Yang Lim
common wealth, Britannia Art Gallery, March 1 – April 1, Vancouver, BC (two-person); curated by Haruko Okano
2021Film and Motherhood: Experimental Shorts Program, VIVO Media Arts Centre, October 8-22, online; curated by Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda, Sarah Shamash, and prOphecy Sun
TELEPHONE, April 10, online
2019Negotiating “Asian-ness” in Canada, The Works Art and Design Festival, June 20 – July 2, Edmonton, AB; curated by Yang Lim
The Caress and The Sting, Britannia Art Gallery, May 1-31, Vancouver, BC (two-person); curated by Haruko Okano
Makers Artists United Pop-Up Exhibition, BC Artscape Sun Wah, January 11-13, Vancouver, BC
2018Spaces, Places and Traces, The Arts Factory, October 27-November 11, Vancouver, BC

Public Projects
2022Commission for Platforms: We Are Here, Live, City of Vancouver Public Art, May 2 – July 31, Vancouver, BC
2018Indian Summer Festival x Vancouver Art Gallery – Museum Bhavan with Dayanita Singh, July 5-15, Vancouver, BC
2012-13City Panorama, Photo Centre NW, 4Culture and King County Metro, Seattle, WA, USA
2012Concept development for public art commission for The Sharing Farm, City of Richmond Community Public Art Program, Richmond, BC (project cancelled)

Artist Talks & Guest Lectures (Selected)
2022Shifting Articulations of Asian-ness in Contemporary Canada, July 17 (online)
“Warm Line Through This Land: Roots and routes in the communal and the community” artist talk, Britannia Art Gallery, March 14 (online)
“Crossing, Settling, Unsettling: Liberation, little by little” artist talk in The Ethics of Representation (SOCS 302 S031), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, March 8
2021Conversation 3: Film and Motherhood, Art Mamas and Access Gallery, October 16 (online)
Work and Hope: On art-making in the spirit of love, justice, and transformation” artist talk, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – Artivism Series, October 13 (online)
“Beyond Gold Mountain: unsettling a migration story” artist talk, Vancouver Art Gallery, February 24 (online)
Hot Pot Talks with United Aunties, hosted by Vancouver Artists Labour Union Co-Operative and Love Intersections, Vancouver, BC, February 3 (online)
2020The Future is you and me: Edmonton Edition – Living a Creative Life, Edmonton, AB, October 24 (online)
2019People Doing Things podcast, Episode 262, Vancouver, BC, April 27
2018“A Quiet Resistance: Reconciling diasporic ruptures through food and readymadesartist talk in Have You Eaten Yet?: A Discussion of Food, Culture, Design & Race (HUMN 305/306), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, May 23 & October 10

Bibliography & Publications (Selected)
2023Tenley Norton Brady, “In Full Colour: Clare Yow,” in An Artist and a Mother, eds. Tara Carpenter Estrada, Heidi Moller Somsen, Kaylan Buteyn, Bradford, ON, Demeter Press (interview & artwork)
2022PUBLIC 64: Beyond Unsettling, editors Dr. Leah Decter and Dr. Carla Taunton (artwork & writing)
20212022 MAU Calendar, Makers Artists United, Vancouver, BC (contributed writing as United Aunties)
Graphic History Collective, Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project, “Poster #29: Chinese students strike against segregated schools.” (Chinese-language poster)
20192019 MAU Calendar, Makers Artists United, Vancouver, BC (artwork)
2018Michelle Blackwell, UBC Library, ”From Open Collections to Art: Local artists use UBC Collections to inspire calendar celebrating Chinatown’s history,” November 16
CTV News, ”Vancouver-based artists open studios for Eastside Culture Crawl,” November 15
Living Hyphen, Entrances and Exits, Markham, ON, Mimsys (personal essay)
2016The Express Tribune, “Tip of my tongue: Navigating the silences of being Chinese and female,” April 8
2010Clare Yow, “A Question of Priorities: Unmapping Through a Diasporic Femininity,” University of British Columbia Master of Fine Arts – Visual Art thesis

Professional Experience (Selected)
2020+Co-founder & Artistic Lead, United Aunties Arts Association, Vancouver, BC
2023Exhibition Juror, New & Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2020Organizer, Both/and: Artist-parents in conversation + a performance, Future Forum, Vancouver, BC
2017Selection Panelist, City of Richmond Public Art, Richmond, BC
2016Direction for Chinese Vaginies by Natalie Gan, Walk the Walk: National Festival of Asian Canadian Women, fu-GEN Theatre Company, June 17, Toronto, ON
2014-15Board Director, Cinevolution Media Arts Society, Richmond, BC

2023BC Arts Council – Individual Visual Arts Award
2021Canada Council for the Arts “Sector Innovation and Development, Supporting Artistic Practice” Grant – joint application with The Future Network (for United Aunties Arts Association)
2020British Columbia Arts Council Microgrant
2010UBC Go Global International Learning Programs Award
2009-10SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2008UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Initiative Award
SNAP!Star TD Award
20078 Elm Photo/Video Award

Fundraisers (Selected)
2021Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Vancouver, BC, June 2 – July 5
Firecracker, Centre A, Vancouver, BC, January-February (online)
201720th Anniversary Gala, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC office, Vancouver, BC, Oct 19
2016XXV: Annual Auction Fundraiser, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, November 19
2016BLOOM: Ink, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC, May 17-28