Inside SFS

Carlos Kong ’07

Graduate Student

This spring SFS alumnus Carlos Kong ’07 graduated from The Courtauld Institute of Art at University of London with a Master’s degree in History of Art.

Carlos’ love for art, culture and travel was encouraged during his favorite music, art and Spanish classes at The San Francisco School. For Carlos, who studied classical violin prior to attending SFS, James, Doug and Sofia’s music classes built on his musical experience. “It was immensely fulfilling and fun to be able to experiment with jazz and world music on my violin, and their approach emphasized that art and music can be something for all and not an exclusive pursuit.”

His passion for music continued at International High School where the International Baccalaureate program allowed him to pursue music as one his core academic subjects.

After high school, Carlos moved to Ithaca, NY to study at Cornell University where he majored in Comparative Literature and History of Art and minored in Classics. He joined Cornell’s Chamber Orchestra, studied German and spent a semester at The Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. He assisted with exhibition research and curation for the Classics Department and worked with a curator at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on Cornell’s campus.

After graduating from Cornell in 2015, Carlos received two back to back scholarships for academic study in Europe. First, he received the Baden-Württemberg Foundation Fellowship that allowed him to spend the 2015-2016 academic year at Heidelberg University in Germany where he immersed himself in German culture while studying German Literature. Second, he was awarded the Michael G. Wilson Fellowship and returned to The Courtauld Institute of Art this past academic year to earn an M.A. in History of Art. Carlos examined the role of photography in contemporary autobiographical writing from Germany and France.

In addition to being a student, Carlos works as a freelance writer in art, literature and film. Most recently, he served as a film critic for the Film Fest Gent in Belgium.

This fall Carlos will begin a Ph.D. program in Art History at Princeton.

Posted June 30, 2017