Thomas Ming Huang

Tom Huang
  • Associate Professor, Industrial Design


Tom Huang holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited nationally and is represented by Wexler Gallery. In 2007, he was named a “searchlight artist,” an emerging artist to watch by the American Craft Council. A Fellow of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, he has held exhibitions at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and other nationally acclaimed Art Centers. He has been published in American Craft Magazine, and is an Associate Professor of Design at The University of Kansas. Huang’s work originates in the realm of Studio Furniture. He has employed weaving and binding in his work as a metaphor for cultural reconciliation in his exploration into his Asian American heritage. His love for teaching and making has led him to observations and questions about Craft (exercises that stimulate both brain and hand simultaneously) and the liminal or trance-like state of mind that sometimes occurs when the hands are engaged in repetitive motion. His course Kaw River Canoe Workshop (Lawrence Art Center), engages our community with some of these techniques. Huang’s bamboo furniture work has been published in E. Ashley Rooney’s, Bespoke: Furniture from 101 International Artists and in Eduard Broto’s book Bamboo Design Guide & 59 Case Study, published by Links books. Huang continues to build canoes and furniture locally.


MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 2005