Quang Bao opened 1969 Gallery in 2016 on 103 Allen St. The gallery represents a consolidation of his life’s work as curator, essayist and advocate for artists and creative expression and is dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of contemporary paintings.
1969 Gallery has two exhibition rooms. The front space opens onto Allen St, and there is a project space in the back of the gallery.
Quang Bao was born in Can Tho, Vietnam in 1969. He came to the United States when he was six years old. He studied English literature and arts management at Boston University and Columbia University.
For more than twenty years, he has worked in arts, educational and nonprofit settings as Assistant Dean, University of Massachusetts (MA), Executive Director, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (NYC) and Executive Director, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation (NYC).
Most recently, he has been an art advisor for private and institutional collections in the U.S. and abroad and Artistic Director, 68 projects (Berlin, Germany).
Throughout his life, he has been an editor and writer for art books, anthologies, magazines and newspaper articles. His work has been published in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio, Studio 360 WNYC and others. He has been awarded grants from St. Boltoph’s Club, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and others. He was an advice columnist for west coast newspapers (“AskQ”) and has given lectures on art and creativity, most recently at San Francisco State University in California and KAUST University in Jedda, Saudia Arabia.