Meet J. Luce Foundation Global Advisor Ben Paljor Chatag

New York, N.Y. Born in Lhasa, Tibet and raised in Northern India, Ben Paljor Chatag discovered his passion for painting at a very young age and decided to invest his time into mastering his craft. Ben shared,

When I was younger, I recall drawing a lot with my father, especially when the electricity went off in Lhasa. My passion has grown greatly since then and I have too. Now, I am pursuing this path with an intention to express the values of the culture I come from and their relevance in the culture I live in.

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After studying traditional Tibetan Thangka painting at the Thangde Gatsul Painting School in Dharamsala, India, Ben completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Studio Art at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Ben shared that his two years at Marymount Manhattan College exposed him to the power of art in expressing things that matter to him. That exploration motivated him to become a professional artist.

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“May Spirit Be Lifted” by Ben Chatag

Ben’s work reflects his Tibetan and Western experiences and his series “Seven Offerings” and “ Spirit” address issues of mind memory, environment and perception. Ben’s artwork has been showcased at the yearly art exhibition in the Hewitt Gallery for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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“Look Another Way” – an artwork that is part of the “Spirit” collection

Recently, he also had a solo exhibition at Yashar Art Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Tibetan heritage and culture, as well as the ongoing love and support of his family are the main sources of inspiration for Ben’s artwork.

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“Spirit” – another art piece by Ben Chatag

The aspiring, talented artist is also dedicated to supporting young global leadership impacting social changes. He serves as a Global Advisor at The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit, and continues to mentor generations of the foundation’s young global leaders.

Chloe Hoang
Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, Chloe Hoang graduated from The College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. In addition to her past experience in Advertising and Digital Marketing, Chloe was actively involved with many public service projects: running the Living Wage Campaign to support hourly workers on my campus; developing marketing and partnership strategies for Hoa Ban Plus, a social enterprise run by Vietnamese women from ethnic minorities; and supporting the communication campaigns of Young Makers Vietnam in their efforts to engage young Vietnamese innovators in nationwide invention workshops and competitions. Recently, Chloe serves as the Executive Director at The J. Luce Foundation, where she continued to inspire and empower a network of over sixty young global leaders dedicated to creating a positive impact on their respective communities.