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Institute of International Education scholarship to study in the United States.
AA degree – “Best Artist” award, Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL.
BFA (High Honors) University of Illinois, IL.
Teaching Assistantship and Fellowship, University of Illinois.
MA in Art Education, University of Illinois.
“Best in Acrylic” award, Westhampton Beach outdoor show.
“Best in Show” award, New York State Art Teachers Convention.
Listed in “Who’s Who” in Sumi-e Painters of America.
Art Consultant, Summer Institute for the Gifted and Talented, Long Island, NY.
Presented a workshop at the National Art Educators’. Conference in  Washington DC.
“Commack Teacher-of-the-Year” award nominee.
Solo Show at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Solo Show in Beijing, China.
Solo Show in Bellemeade Gallery, Smithtown, NY.
Solo Show in La Monde Gallery, Smithtown, NY.
Appointed Consultant, Educational Testing Services of Princeton, New Jersey, USA, for AP Studio Art.
Appointed Head of Creative Arts Faculty, International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania, East Africa
Workshop Presenter, African International Schools Association - - Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.
“Who’s Who in the World, Twelfth Edition”. 
Workshop Presenter, African International Schools Association.
Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa.
Solo Show at German Cultural Center(Goethe Institut), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Solo Show at American Cultural Center, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Solo Show, Penang, Malaysia.
Solo Show at the Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia. Book “Foo Hong Tatt – Paradise Regained” published.
Appointed Program Director for art studio/portfolio preparation at Artworks for Trenton Central high school students - 2001 to 2002.
Faculty member of Artworks, visual arts school, Trenton, NJ.
Solo Show at The Gallery, Busch Student Center, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Solo Show at The Windrows, Princeton, New Jersey.
2002 Retrospective show at the Pinang Gallery, sponsored by the Penang Art Museum, Malaysia.  Published second book “Poetic Impulse and Fragrance of Spirituality”.
2003 Artist-in-residence in Yunan University and solo show
2004 Zhuhai, China with 2 Solo shows and taught Art and English.
2006 Solo show at the contemporary museum of Bolivia, Santa Cruz and Solo show at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

Internationally known artist, Foo Hong Tatt, born in Penang, Malaysia, was awarded a scholarship to the United States in 1960. After obtaining his MA degree from University of Illinois, he taught art in New York, Singapore American School, International School of Tanganyika in Tanzania, the Art Works in New Jersey, Zhuhai and Yunan University, China.  He exhibited in many countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania, United States, Bolivia and China. For more information on him, please go to Google: “Foo Hong Tatt-Painter”


Biographical Notes on Hong T. Foo

Born in Penang, Malaysia, Foo Hong Tatt is an internationally known artist. His paintings are in many public and private collections around the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, Japan, Korea, Tanzania, The Contemporary Museum of Bolivia, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, the National Museum and Art Gallery of Singapore.

In 1960 he was awarded a full scholarship from the Institute of International Education to study art in the United States. After receiving his BFA (with High Honors) from the University of Illinois, he returned to Malaysia where he exhibited extensively and gained much recognition and success.

In 1966 Foo was awarded a Teaching Assistantship and Fellowship to study for his Masters degree in Art Education at the University of Illinois. After graduation, Foo taught Art at Commack High School in Long Island, New York and was promoted to head the Art Department after a few years.  He exhibited widely in many group and solo shows in Long Island and New York City.

In 1975, he took two years leave of absence from the school to teach at the American School in Singapore.  During that time he exhibited extensively in Malaysia and Singapore.

After his retirement from Commack High School in 1995, Foo went to Africa and as Head of the Creative Arts Faculty, art at the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania (East Africa).   During the two years there he conducted many art workshops in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He had solo exhibitions at the German Cultural Center (Goethe Institut) and the American Cultural Center in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

In  1997, Foo had a solo show in his hometown, Penang, Malaysia. In 2000, Foo went back to Malaysia and had another show.  At that time a book on him:  ”Foo Hong Tatt---Paradise Regained” was published by Dr. Tan Chee Khuan, Owner/Director of The Penang Art Gallery.

From 2000 - 2002, Foo was a faculty member and director of  portfolio preparation/studio art program for high school students at Artworks, a visual art school in Trenton, New Jersey.  He also volunteered his time teaching art once a week at the Senior Center in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA.

In April 2003 he had a retrospective show at the Pinang Gallery, sponsored by the Penang Art Museum, Penang, Malaysia. A second book of his works “ Poetic Impulse and Fragrance of Spirituality” was published.

In 2003-2004 Foo had three Solo Shows in Yunan University and Zuhai, Quandong Province, while teaching in China.

In 2006 Foo returned to Singapore for another solo Show at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. 


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