Hiu Lai Chong


Hiu Lai Chong is an oil painter who uses vivid colors and sensitive brushstrokes to express mood and feeling in her subjects. She received her early art training in Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her paintings have won numerous awards. In 2012, Hiu Lai received the Grand Prize and Artist's Choice Award at Plein Air Easton, Maryland. She was featured in the November issue of Plein Air Magazine by Editor-in-Chief Steve Doherty.  In 2016, She received Certificate of Excellence award from International Portrait Competition by Portrait Society of America. Hiu Lai is an artist member of the California Arts Club, Portrait Society of America, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Society of Marine Artists and Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter Association, Laguna Plein Air Painter Association, and member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Hiu Lai's artwork has been collected by Anhui Provincial Museum, China, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas and have been exhibited in museums across the country: Autry Museum CA, Laguna Art Museum, Academy Museum of Art in Easton, MD, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Albin Polasek Museum, FL, Coos Art Museum Coos Bay, OR, the Maritime Museum of Curacao, Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Delray Beach, Florida, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama,  Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX , Museum of the Southwest Midland, Texas, The Haggin Museum Stockton, CA, Minnesota Marine Art Museum Winona, MN She has been featured in articles in Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Elan Magazine, HillRag and was included in the 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic book.


Awards & Exhibitions

Grand Prize, EnPleinAir Texas, 2019

Oil Painter of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis MD 2018

Artist’s Choice , “Best of Chesapeake Bay”, McBride Gallery, Annapolis MD 2018

Best Painting by a Maryland Artist - Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD 2008, 2018

Juror, Cape Ann Plein Air 2018

"Dusk till Dawn" Irvine Museum, Irvine, California 2017

“Best Sense of Mystery Award”, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia 2017

Fine Art Connoisseur and South West Art Magazine award, "Artist for the New Century” Bennington Center for the Arts 2017.

Museum Purchase Award, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts , EnPleinAir Texas, 2016

Judge, Solomons Plein Air 2015

Best in Show, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Lahaina, Maui HI 2015

Grand Prize and Artist’s Choice Award Plein Air Easton, Easton MD 2012

Grand Prize, Easels in Frederick, Frederick MD 2012

Best in Show, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland MD 2011, 2012

Best in Show, Ellicott City Plein Air 2011

Best in Show, Paint Annapolis, Annapolis, MD 2010

Best Nocturne Award, Olmstead Plein Air Invitational , 2014

Best Figure in the Landscape October/November, Plein Air Salon, 2013 

Best Nocturne Award, June/July, Plein Air Salon, 2013

Certificate of Excellence, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America 2016

California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum, CA 2014, 2016

First Place Award, Artistic Excellence International Art Competition, Southwest Art Magazine 2014

American Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition, 2013- 2016

Collector’s Choice Award, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Beach CA 2012

First Place Award,  Bucks County Plein Air Festival Quick Draw, Newtown, PA 2016

First Place, Washington Society of Landscape Painters 97th Annual Awards Banquet 2010, 2011

CA Impressionism; Plein Air painting Past and Present exhibit with Irvine Museum, De Ru’s, HBAC, and Laguna Plein Air Painters 2015

Oil Painter of America 20th and 21st National Juried Exhibition 2011, 2012

Oil Painter of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition 2011,2012, 2014,2016

Solo Show, Memorable Moments, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD 2014

Second Place, Plein Air Vermont, North Bennington VT, 2013

Artist’s Choice Quick Draw Award, Plein Air Vermont, North Bennington VT, 2013

Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel CA 2013, 2014

Third Place, 19th Carmel Art Festival, Carmel CA 2012

“An Art Exhibition by Ten Artists in Washington D.C.” AnHui Museum, China 2011

One Person show, Spotlight Gallery at VisArts, Rockville MD 2010

Best Painting by a Maryland Artist - Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD 2008, 2013

Plein Air Easton Quick Draw, Easton MD 2006,2007 

Merit Award, All Media member juried show, The Art League, Alexandria VA 2006

MId-Atlantic Plein Air Painter Association Exhibition, City Hall, Annapolis MD 2004,2005 

“Paint Alexandria” Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria VA 2003 

All Media Member Juried Show, The Art League, Alexandria VA 2001 

Fellowship Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL 1999

“Valentine” New York Studio Program Exhibition, New York City NY 1998

Presidential Award, Nippon Steel-USA/School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL 1998

Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL 1996-1998

Solo Exhibition, Navarro College, Corsicana TX 1996

The Graduate Caston Scholarship, Navarro College, Corsicana TX 1996

Published Articles

Cover,  New York Botanical Garden Adult Education

Elan Magazine Cover and article, May 2016

HillRag: August 2014

Southwest Art: December 2014, December 2015, February 2016, July 2016, September 2013, 

Fine Art Connoisseur: June 2015,

Plein Air Magazine: November 2012, May 2014 , May 2016

Book: 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic

Contact: P.O.Box 1832 Rockville, MD 20849 hiulai@mac.com