Kenneth Tam is based in Houston, TX and Queens, NY.  He works across video, sculpture, performance,  movement, installation and photography, and makes work about the performance of masculinity, spaces of physical intimacy and the transformative potential of private ritual.  Tam received his BFA from the Cooper Union and his MFA in 2010.

He has had solo exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, TX;  MoCA Tucson, AZ; Queens Museum, NY; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; MIT List Center for Visual Arts, MA; the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin, TX; Commonwealth and Council, CA;  and ICA LA, CA.  Tam has participated in group shows at  the Hammer Museum, CA; SculptureCenter, NY  and at The Shed, NY. 

Tam is currently an Assistant Professor at Rice University and faculty at The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  He was previously a Lecturer at Princeton University, Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and was  a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University.

He is represented by Commonwealth & Council in Los Angeles.

Awards and Residencies

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists
New York State Council on the Arts Support for Artists Grant
Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow
Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship - Finalist
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
The Kitchen at Queenslab 

Pioneer Works, NY 
Artist's Lab, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace 
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (’16, ‘19, ‘22)
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Core Residency Fellowship
California Community Foundation Fellowship
Art Matters Foundation Grant


Hammer Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University