Kenneth Tam (b. 1982, Queens; lives and works between Houston and Queens) received an MFA (2010) and a BFA from Cooper Union (2004). Tam is currently assistant professor at Rice University, Houston. Solo exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2023, 2019, 2016); Ballroom Marfa (2022); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson (2022); Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2021); Queens Museum (2021); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (2021); The Kitchen, New York (2020); Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville (2020); Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin (2019); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2018); Minneapolis Institute of Art (2018); and MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge (2017). Selected group exhibitions have been held at The Shed, New York (2021); SculptureCenter, Queens (2019); 47 Canal, New York (2018); Hollybush Gardens, London (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2016). Tam is a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2023), New York State Council on the Arts Grant (2023), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work (2021), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2023, 2019, 2016), California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2015), and Art Matters Foundation Grant (2013). He has participated in residencies at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2018); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, New York (2017-18); and Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015).
Tam's work is in the collections of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.