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Staten Island, NY


Willie Chu began developing his skills in the art of photography while attending the High School of Art and Design. He continued his studies, receiving his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts. He currently works in the field of commercial photography and video, while continuing to pursue personal projects. His work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions at various venues such as The Photo District Gallery, The Kevin Barry Gallery, The Packwood House Museum, PA, and the Wagner College Gallery. He has received several grants and awards including an Original Work Grant and Premier Grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.

He is currently working on videos of writers and poets as well as photographic portraits of Staten Island artists.


Artist’s Bio

    A native New Yorker and Staten Islander since 1968, I have worked as a professional photographer for more than 30 years.  My work consists of commercial, editorial, portrait and fine art photography.  I am a graduate of the New York City High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts where I majored in Photography.


    “Art at the J – Community Art Show” (Group Show), Staten Island, NY, July 2010

    “Art By the Ferry” (Group Show), Staten Island, NY, June 2010

    “Stuff and Other Works of Genius” (Creative Photographers Guild at ART at Bay), Staten Island, NY,
    May 2010

    “Storefront Churches of Staten Island”, Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island, NY, November 2009

    “Art By the Ferry” (Group Show), Staten Island, NY, June 2009

    “The East-Asian Communities of Staten Island” Blue Heron Park, Staten Island, NY, December 2008

    “The Filipino-American Experience on Staten Island” St. George Library, Staten Island, NY, November 2008

    “Solo Exhibition” Xim Rei Gallery, Lewisburg, PA, May 2008

    “Buddhism, Baseball and Bok Choy” – Photographs incorporated into a multimedia ImprovFusion performance by Performance Collective Elektromotif, ETG Book Café and Neighborhood Stage, Staten Island, NY, January 2008

    “Walk Through the Arts” First National Bank, Lewisburg, PA, November 2007

    “Solo Exhibition” The Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, PA, October 2007

    “Italian Heritage Conference” – CUNY/Borough of Manhattan Community College, October 17, 2007 – Commissioned to photograph the interior and exterior of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to accompany lecture

    “The Photographs of Willie Chu:  A Retrospective 1976 – 2006” The Kevin Barry Gallery, Staten Island, NY, 2006

    “Panoramas” Chase Bank, New Dorp Branch, Junefest Exhibit 2004

    “Visions of Light” (Group) The Photo District Gallery, New York, NY, 2003



    Original Work Grant, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) 2009

    JPMorganChase Arts in Our Communities Regrant, 2008

    Premier Grant, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) 2008

    International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2005

    The Brooklyn Public Library “My Brooklyn”, Finalist, sponsored by Con Edison, 2004

    JuneFest Exhibiting Arts Award, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) 2004