Wendy Cong Zhao

2023 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: Hunter College


Wendy Cong Zhao is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York and is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College. She has been working and teaching in the independent animation field since 2011. Her animated documentary “My First Sessions” was published by The New Yorker in 2020. She has directed three music videos for UMG, including “Cheek to Cheek” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” from Christopher Tin’s Grammy-nominated album “The Lost Birds”. Her work combines surreal animated imagery with conventional production techniques such as interviews and reenactments, often exploring themes of migration, mental health, identity, and loss.