Resume – Po Shun Leong

Featured Work


1958 Royal College of Art, School of Sculpture, London, with Prof John Skeaping. Transferred to AA School
1964 Diploma Cum Laude, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Individual, Group, Gallery or Museum Exhibitions

2013 Conversations with Wood, Yale University Art Gallery
2012 Boxes and Their Makers, Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, Alabama
2011 Mexican Modernism in Los Angeles 1930-1985. Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
2011 Turning Wood Into Art: Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Hillard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana.
2011 Turning Wood Into Art: Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia.
2011 Boxes and Their Makers, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
2011 Boxes and Their Makers and Historical Woods of America Exhibit, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
2011 Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina
2011 Made Exhibit, Furniture Society Auction at Architectural Digest Home Show, New York
2011 Lipton Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, California.
2011 National Treasures: History in the Making. AAW Symposium, St. Paul.
2011 Conversations with Wood, Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
2010 Boxes and Their Makers, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
2010 Vida y Diseno en Mexico, ( 4 Chair designs) Formento Cultural, Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City
2009 Transformation 7: Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Boxes and Their Makers, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, ME
2009 Turning Wood Into Art: Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Texas A&M University Art Galleries.
2009 Turned Wood & Sculpture, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles
2009 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2009 Turning Wood Into Art: Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Manchester, New Hampshire.
2009 New Work, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, New Work
2009 Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin
2008 Masters of Disguise. Mint Museum of Craft + Design
2008 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2007 Greenfield School, Philadelphia. Exhibition of Sculpture
2006 Show Us Your Drawers, Furniture Society, Herron Gallery, Indianapolis
2006 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2005 Good Wood, Furniture & Objects from Sustainable Materials, Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA
2005 Curious? Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2005 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2004 Celebrating Nature, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California Design 2004, Baulines Craft Guild, San Francisco
2004 White House Collection of American Crafts, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA
2004 Craft Showcase, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco
2004 Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA
2004 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2003 Cabinets of Curiosities, International Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia – Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA
2003 Sculpture Acquisition Project, Albert M. Greenfield School, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Designing Futures, Craft West, Perth, Australia
2003 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2002 Clay & Wood, Fine Arts Federation, Burbank, CA – Solo Exhibition, Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert
2002 Solo Exhibition, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2002 SOFA, Chicago
2002 nvitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2001 International Box Exhibition, Tullie House Museum, Scotland –
2001 Feast on Art, Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
2001 Chair Show 4, Southern Highland Craft Guild, N.C –
2001 Anything with a Drawer, Mesa Arts Center, AZ –
2001 The Birthday Party, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA
2001 Solo Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida
2001 SOFA, Chicago
2001 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
2000 Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, Mint Museum of Art + Design – The Shelter Project to benefit, CERF at
2000 SOFA, Chicago
2000 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1999 Auction: Furniture Society Show –
1999 Chair Show 3, Southern Highland Craft Guild, N.C – Forest Expressions, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
1999 The Circle Unbroken, Invitational, Furniture Society, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
1999 SOFA, Chicago
1999 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1999 White House Collection of Crafts, Mint Museum of Crafts and Design, Charlotte, NC
1998 L.A. Modern & Beyond, Los Angeles County Museum – Feast on Art, Orange County Museum, CA
1998 Invitational Exhibition, America House, Piermont-on-Hudson, NY
1998 Solo Exhibition, Lindsey Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 SOFA, Chicago
1998 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1997 Solo Exhibition, Artful Image Gallery, Concord, MA
1997 SOFA, Chicago
1997 Art in Embassies Program, Washington DC
1997 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
199601 White House Collection of American Crafts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and travels to many other museums:
Huntsville Museum of Art , Albany Institute of History and Art, Minnesota Museum of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art,
Birmingham Museum of Art, De Cordova and Dana Museum of Art, Dayton Art Institute, Hunter Museum of Art,
Portland Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of America Art, D.C., Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
1996 Just Add Water, Artists and The Aqueous World, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1995 Let’s Play House, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI
1995 Solo Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles CA
1995 Solo Exhibition, Primavera Gallery, Ojai, CA
1995 Solo Exhibition, Coda Gallery, Rancho Mirage, CA
1995 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1994 Bridge III, Po Shun Leong, The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 Solo Exhibition, Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1994 SOFA, Chicago
1994 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1993 White House Collection of American Crafts, The White House, Washington DC
1993 Fall Focus, Bellagio, Asheville, NC
1993 Solo Exhibition, Worth Gallery, Taos, NM
1993 New Art Forms, Chicago
1993 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1992 100 Ornamental Containers, Craft Alliance, St. Louis –
1992 Woodworking 92, City of Brea Gallery, CA
1992 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1991 Craft: The Discerning Eye, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI
1991 Solo Exhibition, Maralyn Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1991 New Art Forms, Chicago
1991 Furniture for the Mind, Salishan Gallery, Salishan, OR
1991 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Fair (now Zimmer Gallery), Mendocino, CA
1991 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1990 Solo Exhibition, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA
1990 American Crafts: A New Decade, Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
1990 Solo Exhibition, Compositions Gallery, San Francisco CA
1990 California Woodworking, Brea Civic & Cultural Center, CA
1990 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1989 Bewitched by Craft, American Craft Museum, New York
1989 Solo Exhibition, Maveety Gallery, Salishan, Oregon
1989 Solo Exhibition, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1988 Solo Exhibition, Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Solo Exhibition, Carlyn Gallery, New York
1988 Solo Exhibition, International Gallery, San Diego CA
1988 Group Exhibition, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
1988 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1987 A Survey in Wood, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, CA
1987 Solo Exhibition, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
1987 Invitational, Venice Art Walk, CA
1983 Contemporary Craft Auction, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
1976 Salon de Diseno Artesanal, Galeria Universitaria, Mexico City
1975 Contemporary Mexican Furniture, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
1967 Solo painting exhibition, Instituto Anglo Mexicano de Cultura, A.C., Mexico City
1957 First solo show of paintings. Hammersmith Art Gallery, London
1953 Annual exhibition, Special Mention, Royal Drawing Society, London

Awards and Professional Experience

1981-2011 USA
Design Course, Mark Adams School of Woodworking, Indianapolis
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. Talk and demonstration
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Talk and demonstration
Southern California Woodworking Club, talk & demonstration
Furniture Society Trustee
Artist in Residence for American Forests Famous and Historic Trees founded in 1875
Product design for Trend Pacific Inc. and Walter Fleisher Co. CA
Craftsman Award, Philadelphia Craft Show, PA
Best of Show, awarded by Vice President Walter Mondale at the St. Paul American Craft Council Show, St.Paul, MN
Best of Art Furniture, Woodworking Show, Del Mar, California
Best of Show, California Woodworking. Juror: Sam Maloof
Craftsman Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
Best of Wood Award, American Crafts Exposition, Evanston, IL
Best of Show, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
Two Daphne Awards for best chair design, National Furniture Competition NY
Daphne Award, best chair. National Furniture Competition, NY

1966-1981 MEXICO
Furniture commissions for Acapulco residence of Past Mexican President Miguel Aleman
Low cost furniture made for schools for former First Lady, Amalia Cardenas.
Director of Design, palm products, FIDEPAL
First Prize, Mexican National Low Cost Furniture Competition, INFORNAVIT
Special Mention, International Society of Industrial Designers, for product design of low cost egg incubator (1977)
Founding member, Mexican Association of Craft Designers
2 Gold Medal Awards, Mexican Export Competition
Product design for Tane Silver
Plastic furniture designs for Uremex, S.A.
Law offices of Escobedo y Hass, in collaboration with sculptor Helen Escobedo
Honorable Mention, Knoll International Furniture Competition
Australian Embassy, construction and modifications
House designed for Lic. Ramirez Esteva, Cuernavaca
Furniture development with architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez
Architectural Design of Armando’s Le Club, Acapulco
Exhibition design and installation, Grupo Monterrey
Architectural Design for new museum for painter Jose Luis Cuervas
Rural product design for the Instituto Mexicano de Comercio Exterior
Aluminium product and fiber-glass building design for Aluminio Deschamps S.A.
Architect in charge of design and construction of Viana furniture stores
Theatre design for Ballet National de Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Assistant to photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo for the 1969 UNESCO Calendar
Coordinator in International Festival of Children’s Mural Painting, Mexican Olympic Cultural Program
Design and construction of 27 prefabricated public schools in rural areas, CAPFCE
Community construction of wells, bridges and weaving made possible by a grant from
OXFAM to volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee in rural Mexico

1950-1966 ENGLAND
Michael Ventris Award Scholarship to study in Mexico
Public housing design, 300units, Barnet Borough Architect, London
Public housing design, 80 units Cooperative Planning Ltd., London
Aqueduct construction in Calabria, Servicio Civile Internationale, Italy
Architectural Association Award Travel Scholarship to USA. Work/study in Los Angeles
Architectural Association Award Travel Scholarship to France & Italy to study and meet architect Le Corbusier
Resident at La Tourette Monastery, designed by Le Corbusier, France
Library design, University of Exeter, Lord Holford & Partners
Special Mention, Royal Drawing Society, London
Architectural assistant, John Smith, AA Dipl, London
Assistant, Royal Society for the Advancement of Science, London

Permanent Museum Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte. NC
Delaware Art Museum
Yale University Art Gallery
Long Beach Museum of Art, California
Smithsonian Museum
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina (pending)
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Selected Public and Private Collections

The White House Collection of American Crafts
Hospital Infantil mural, Mexico City
MCI Art Collection, Washington D.C.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston, Ill
Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco
Centocor office building, Pennsylvania
Albert M.Greenfield School, Philadelphia
Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Steve Martin, Whoppi Goldberg, Leila and Henry Luce III, Ed
Mouthrop, Scott Turow, Arti Shaw, Martina Navritolova, Julian Fisher, Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Jane & Arthur Mason, Joe Price,
Brigitte Jodexnis & Hans Kraushaar, CEO, Rolls Royce USA, Oscar Fitzgerald, Otis Chandler, Former Publisher LA Times,
Jack Lenor Larsen, Nanette Laitman. Sam Panice, City Center Collection, Las Vegas.


1998 PO SHUN LEONG -ART BOXES, Tony Lydgate. Sterling Publishing


2011 Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury. Minneapolis Institute of Art.
“Mexican” Modernism in Los Angeles, 1930-1985. Museum of Latin American Art. Hatje Cantz Verllag,
2010 Wood Art Today 2, Schiffer Ltd
2009 Boxes and Their Makers, Fox Chapel Publishing
500 Tables, Lark Books
New Masters of the Wooden Box, Oscar Fitzgerald, Fox Chapel Publishing
2008 500 Chairs, Veronica Gunter, Lark Books
Vida y Diseno en Mexico s.XX (Life and Design in 20th Century Mexico)
Dina Comisarenco, Formento Cultural Banamex, Mexico
2007 The Meaning of Craft. Furniture Society
Understanding Art, Lois Fichner-Rathus. 9th edition
Vida Y Diseno, Formento Cultural Banamex, Mexico City
2004 500 Wood Boxes, Veronica Gunter, Lark Books
Celebrating Nature, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
2003 Wood Art Now, Dona Meilach, Schiffer Publishing
2003 Cabinets of Curiosities, Wood Turning Center
2002 Making Heirloom Boxes, Peter Lloyd
2001 Unique Crafts, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2001 Chair Show 4, Southern Highland Craft Guild
Celebrating Boxes, Stobart Davies
Tradition in Contemporary Furniture, Furniture Society
1999 Chair Show3, Southern Highland Craft Guild
1999 The Woodworkers Visual Guide to Pricing, Pierce
1999 The Heart of the Functional Arts, Furniture Society
1998 The Best Of Wood Boxes, Blake
1997 Una Vida, Muchas Vidas, Alfonso Soto Soria, CIDAP, Mexico
1997 The Art Of Making Small Wood Boxes, Tony Lydgate. Sterling
1997 Nouvel Object III, Design House.
1995 Understanding Art, Fichner-Rathus. Prentice Hall
1995 Award Winning Boxes, Tony Lydgate. Sterling Publishing
1995 White House Collection of American Crafts, Michael Monroe
1993 Frank Lloyd Wright, Spenser Hart
1992 The Wright Style, Carla Lind, Simon & Schulster
1988 Contemporary Crafts For The Home, Bill Kraus
1984 Art That Works, Lloyd Herman

Magazine Articles

2011 Article on Po Shun’s furniture by Graciela Kartofel, Art Nexus magazine.
2004-10 Articles not yet listed.
2004 Cabinets of Curiosities, Craft Arts International, Australia – Woodworker
2003 Furniture Society Magazine
2002 American Style – Woodworker Magazine
2001 Woodworker West – Furniture Society Magazine – Woodshop News
2000 Meant to provoke, Brentwood Magazine – Woodworker West – SOFA, Chicago
1999 Outside the box, Los Angeles Times Magazine – Furniture & Cabinet Making – Woodworker’s Gazette
1998 Treasured, American Style – Woodshop News – Harvard Magazine – SOFA, Chicago
1997 The Robb Report – Art in Embassies magazine
1996 The secret world of Po Shun Leong, Woodshop News –
Fantasy On A Band saw, Australian Wood Review
1995 The Integration of Art & Architecture, American Style American Craft – Monthly Crafts, Seoul, Korea –
Culture Cabinets, Southwest Art – Coda Gallery, Palm Springs Life – Australian Wood Review
1994 SOFA – Edith Lambert Gallery, Art News
1993 Worth Gallery, American Craft – New Art Forms – New Antiques, Town & Country
1991 Gallery Fair, American Craft – New Art Forms
1990 Into Another World, Woodwork – Southern California Woodworker – Matter –
Not Boxed In, Southern California Home & Garden
1989 Bewitched by Craft Auction, American Craft Museum – Maveety Gallery, American Craft –
Objects d’art, Northern California Home & Garden – Secret Places, American Craft
1988 Anne Reed Gallery, American Craft -Contemporary Crafts, Metropolitan Home
1987 Classic Crafts, Designers West – Bandsaw a Crescent Box, Fine Woodworking – American Craft
1982 Classic Crafts, Designers West – And the Winners are…! Interiors – Daphne Awards Presented, Interior Design –
California Designer Garners Daphne Award, Woodworking & Furniture Digest -Furniture Production
1970 Programa de arte, Centro de Danza y Artes Escenicas, Mexico
1968 Murales y Muralistas, Artes de Mexico, Mexico

Newspaper Articles

1978 Britanicos en Mexico, Novedades
1977 Designer/Crafts,The News – La Plata, Excelsior
1976 Salon de Diseno Artesanal, Excelsior – Lyche, Excelsior
1975 El Museografo es un Disenador, Novedades
1971 Exposition Commercial, El Senorial
1970 Wonderland, The News
1969 Coming Attraction, El Sol
1968 Olympics ’68, American Society Bulletin
Exposition Mundial Pintura Infantil, Novedades
Expositiones Artisticas, Novedades
Los Murales, El Deporte – El Informador, Guadalajara
1967 Leong Exhibition Opens, The News, Mexico City
Po Shun Presenta Sus Pinturas, Novedades, Mexico City
Exposition de Po Shun Leong, Excelsior
Exposition de Dibujos, El Heraldo, Mexico City
Murales Infantiles, El Sol de Mexico
1966 Club “Amigos”, El Sol de Tlaxcala

2008-10 Articles not yet listed
2007 Chairisma, Los Angeles Times, magazine section
2004 Championing Contemporary crafts, Los Angeles Times 2005- Color Pumps up the Traditional, The New York Times,
Throwing Curves at Rockers, Wall Street Journal
2003 That Lived-In Feeling Los Angeles Times – Into The Woods, Los Angeles Times –
Cabinets of Curiosity, Speed Liner, Philadelphia
2002 The Desert Sun, Palm Desert
2001 As the Wood Turns, Los Angeles Times – Out of The Woods, Los Angeles Times –
A Well Made Thing, Daily News – Birthday Exhibit, Glendale News-Press – The Arizona Republic – The Cumberland News
1999 The Asian Reporter – Los Angeles Times
1998 Present Perfect, Chicago Tribune – The New York Times – Po Shun Leong Book Unveils Mysteries, Atlanta
Journal & Constitution – Furniture Makers Explore Bay Area Styles, Woodshop News
1997 Expo Displays State of the Arts, Chicago Sun Times
1996 White House Crafts, Los Angeles Times – Washington Post – Crafting Americana, Daily News
1995 Craftwork in the American Tradition, New York Times – You can touch the art, Star Tribune, St. Paul
1994 A House of Crafts, Metropolitan Times – A Raft of Crafts at Expo, Pioneer Press – That Certain Special, Paso
Tiempo, Santa Fe
1991 Wood That Defies Flat Definition, New York Times – The Birmingham News – Design, Chicago Sun Times
From Little Acorns Grow Works of Art, Chicago Tribune – Pompeii, The Washington Post –
1990 California Box Makers, The Argonaut, Brentwood – Wooden It Be Lovely, Los Angeles Times: Calendar section –
12 Asian Artists, Asian Week. Time-honored art, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution – Chinese Daily News –
The Art of Jody Klein and Po Shun Leong, Boston Herald – World Journal, China
1988 Design, Chicago Tribune – The Washington Craft Show, Washington Post – The New York Times
Fanciful Containers Bring Tiers to the Eyes, Los Angeles Times
1984 The Best In …Press-Telegram – Daphnes Honor Design Excellence, The Houston Post
1983 Prominent Southern California Crafts, Contemporary Craft Council – Maine Times.
1982 High Point, New York Times – The Indianapolis Star – Designer Gets Daphnes, Denver Post –
Furniture Industry Honors, Staten Island Advance –
And the Prize Winners Are, Buffalo Evening News Houston Chronicle – Wide Range of Designs, Sacramento Bee –
Move Aside Oscar, Sunday Patriot-News, Jefferson City, Mo – The Argus, CA –
1968 Giant Paintings Celebrate Theme, New York Times
1967 Tlaxcala Upgrade Serape Designs, Washington Post
1963 Student Program, Los Angeles Times

Lectures or Teaching

The Merger Between Craft and Design, Visiting Lecturer, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Talk and teaching, Marc Adam School of Woodworking, Indianapolis.
Visiting lecturer at Craft West, Perth, Australia
Talk & presentation, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Talk & presentation, Cerritos College, California
Visiting lecturer at Tullie House Museum, Scotland
Teacher, Universidad Nacional Autonima, Escuela de Arquitectura, Mexico
Talk and presentation, invited by Louis Kahn. University of Pennsylvania, School of Architecture, Philadelphia
Juror, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
Talk, Tullie House Museum, Scotland

Current Gallery Representation

Primavera Gallery, Ojai, CA
Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA