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Virgil Wong

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Wong
First Name: 
Virgil

Virgil Wong is director of the PaperVeins Museum of Art (http://www.paperveins.org) as well as an artist and filmmaker who is best known for his work about babies and biotechnology. Mr Wong is also head of web site development at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In 1996, Mr. Wong received a National Telly Award (gold statue) for Outstanding Film/Video Production. His winning film, Corporeal Self, has been screened at international festivals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Milan, and Stockholm as well as cities in Mexico and Brazil. He received a nomination for the Vito Russo Award for Filmmaking in 1999. Mr. Wong's GenoChoice: Create Your Own Genetically Healthy Child! (http://www.genochoice.com) has been featured on publications from around the world including The Los Angeles Times, El Pais (Spain), The Independent (United Kingdom), The Electronic Telegraph Newspaper (United Kingdom), China Now, The St. Petersburg Times, Life Science Magazine (of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Museum of the Future), and The Electronic Art Magazine (of the Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal). In 1998, Mr. Wong presented GenoChoice as a guest lecturer for a new media conference at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles. He was also an INVISION New Media Magazine Award finalist later that year. In 1999, he exhibited GenoChoice as an art installation at the Alternative Museum in SoHo, New York City. POP! The First Human Male Pregnancy (http://www.malepregnancy.com), Mr. Wong's follow-up project (with artist Lee Mingwei), received New Media Magazine's Silver Medal INVISION Award in 1999. Both GenoChoice and Male Pregnancy appeared as a topic of debate in classes at Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania (Center for Bioethics), and Texas A&M University. Male Pregnancy also inspired a Florida State University essay on closing the gender gap in the workplace and a Stanford University faculty article on gender and society (for Trinity University). Mr. Wong is currently directing a feature film documentary on male pregnancy, featuring computer-animated simulations of the pregnant father and his fetus along with in-depth interviews of writers and bioethicists on the social implications of this procedure. When Mr. Wong is not gestating children online, he creates figurative paintings composed of digital medical images. His painting and drawing work won the "Best in Show Award" at the New York Medical Complex Art Exhibition in 1998 and the Manhattan Arts Showcase Award in 1996. He received his fine arts degree at Rhode Island School of Design (European Honors Program) in 1995. Mr. Wong also spent this year dissecting and drawing human cadavers at The University of Rome Medical School. He has exhibited work at such venues as The New Museum, The Alternative Museum, Gallery 128, HEREArt, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.