Alvin Tsao

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Adjunct Professiorial Lecturer,
Exhibition Design Program
Room 109, Flagg Building (hours: 1:30-6pm Saturday)
[email protected]


A proud detailer, Professor Alvin Tsao has worked in technical design, production, and drafting for over 30 years. He ensures that students understand the technical workings behind design and fabrication, and that no student will ever paint over stainless steel or a beautiful piece of original lumbar. While he currently teaches Materials, Finishes, and Methods, in the past, he has also taught East Asian Calligraphy, hosted Chinese calligraphy & seal carving workshops, and worked as a freelance Chinese-specialist artist.

"The devil is in the details!"


Current Outside Position & Current Project

Senior Technical Designer at The PRD Group in Chantilly, VA (2002-present)
History of the Bible Gallery at the Museum of the Bible



Professor Tsao has been involved in hundreds of recognized projects over the years. In his current position since 2002 as a designer, his projects have included:

  • Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Exhibition, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MS, East and West Galleries
  • United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
  • “West Point – In the Making of America”, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Tredegar National Civil War Center, Richmond, VA
  • Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Corinth, TN
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
  • Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA
  • East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, TN
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford MA
  • Museum of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
  • George W. Bush Presidential Center Museum, Dallas, TX



BS in Mass Communication, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
MS in Advertising, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
MEM in Engineering Management, The George Washington University

Chinese Seal Carving, study under Master Pei-Yueh Wang, Taiwan, ROC Chinese Calligraphy, study under Master Pei-Yueh Wang, Taiwan, ROC
Chinese Water Color Painting, study under Master Yen-Chiao Kuo, Taiwan, ROC
Chinese Calligraphy, study under Master Liu-Tseng Yang, Taiwan, ROC