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Take Flight at Newkirk Alumni Center  (Ongoing) 

A site-specific installation dedicated to those who have found nourishment upon this fertile ground                      Collection of Newkirk Alumni Center, University of California, Irvine

I've had the privilege of spending time wandering through UC Irvine campus, collecting historical narratives, natural materials, and inspiration for a site-specific installation at the Newkirk Alumni Center. After months of paint-stained fingernails and camping up in the growing eucalyptus canopy mural on 20-foot scaffolding, I witnessed this inspirational research/art project come to fruition. There few things that I cherish in life more than falling in love with the artwork during its creation.

Take Flight is in the permanent collection of Newkirk Alumni Center and is available on view. 

Thank you, Barney Ellis-Perry, for inviting me to help tell her story, to the Newkirk staff for welcoming me into your nest, and to all the people who helped make it possible for me to bring the outside inside, and replant some of UCI's rich history within these walls.

View photos or take the virtual tour


Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai Film Screenings  (Ongoing)                              

I've been privileged to have worked with The Artist Odyssey (TAO) as a Season 1 guest.  Coupled with the desire to share artists' inspirations, methods, and modes of thinking with the motivation to support arts in education, The Artist Odyssey is a global network that strives to bring the community together through art. Check out their first released documentary, Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at Viet Film Fest 2016. Thank you for supporting the arts! 

Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai will be screening at the following institutions:

December 4, 2015
April 15, 2016
June 2, 2016
September 1, 2016
November 10, 2016
November 29, 2016
January 25, 2017
February 8, 2017             February 21, 2017
March 18, 2017                 August 31, 2017        November 6, 2017 November 9, 2017
February 21, 2018            March 10, 2018                May 1, 2018                      Spring 2019

The Artist Odyssey Studios, Encinitas, CA
Viet Film Festival, Orange, CA  (Winner of Audience Choice Award)
University of California, Irvine
California State University, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA                                                                       University of California, Los Angeles                                                                   Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA                                                             Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA                                                                      California State University, Fullerton                                                                              MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA                                                                                       Coastline Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA                                                                          Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR                                                                              University of California, Irvine                                                                                            University of Washington, Seattle, WA               



The Foodie Space  (Forthcoming)

Location: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
Exhibition dates: November 21 - April 1, 2019                                                                                                                     Dates for artist talks and related events: to be determined                                            

It’s been a joy to develop this food-centered exhibition with a small group of southern California artists. I’ve been invited alongside two women artists to create for our community an immersive, interactive exhibition, dedicated to the foods that we’ve prepared together, the foods that summon our sense of nostalgia, and the foods that have shaped our culture and identities.

For one of my projects, I’ve created a phở room to represent my Vietnamese heritage. Still simmering are the memories of mother and grandmother cooking phở for our family, carrying out the family recipes made with pride and with love. For my other installation, I’ve prepared a tea room, in memory of my Bà Ngoại (grandmother). She would impart with me a lifetime of stories as we sat at her dining room table and sipped on tea.

Our team is proud to present this family-friendly, playful, and colorful exhibition that shares our love of food and how our culture informs it, and how it informs our culture.


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That We Should Be Heirs  (Forthcoming)

Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Residency and exhibition dates: January - February 2019                                                                                                  Dates and Locations for artist talks, film screenings, and workshops: to be determined                                            

I am beyond elated to have been invited to work with SDAI on a socially engaging project that will result in an interactive installation at the museum. During this residency, I will be inviting members of the community to share in our inheritances as we utilize art as part of our practice in compassion and restoration.

Learn more about how you can contribute your writings to this project. I’d love to receive your writings!

Founded in 1941, San Diego Art Institute has provided the community with high quality, interactive programming, educational initiatives, and innovative exhibitions. As the only contemporary cultural institution in Balboa Park, SDAI promotes cultural equity and artistic enrichment within the community and enables diverse audiences to interact with art in meaningful ways. 

Thank you, Quyên Nguyen-Le and Sarah Trujillo-Porter for the invitation to work with the San Diego community!



Ancestral Journeys  (Forthcoming)  

Location: Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 21, 2019                                                                                                                   Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 14, 2019 5:30 - 7:30pm                                                                                   

It is my privilege to have been invited to exhibit with a selection of artists whose work expresses our collective need to hep tell and retell the stories of our ancestors. These artists understand far too well the responsibility that comes with this very personal method of art-making, and the need to carry forward the stories of our loved ones forward.

In this exhibition, we will explore identity and ancestral migration, immigration, and diasporas through family stories, history, and shared traditions. In collaboration with the community-wide organization called Silicon Valley Reads, Euphrat Museum of Art presents Ancestral Journeys, an exhibition which relates closely to this year’s theme, Finding Identity in Family History. Our show will align with this year’s chosen books: Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Williams Madison, It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs, and Futureface: A Family History, an Epic Quest, and the Secret of Belonging by Alice Wagner.

Thank you, Diana Argabrite, for the invitation to show with artists who make such meaningful work!

Read about one of the past Silicon Valley Reads exhibitions at Euphrat Museum of Art in the New York Times.


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University of Washington's Walker Ames Fellowship  (Forthcoming)  

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship Period: Spring 2019                                                                                                                                                   Exhibition dates: April 1 - May 10, 2019                                                                                                                               Exhibition location: Gould Gallery, College of Built Environments, University of Washington                                       Lecture: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                                                                   Workshop: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)

I am humbled to have been selected by the University of Washington as a Walker Ames guest scholar. Founded in 1936, the Walker Ames program is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind at the University of Washington, and supports UW in hosting some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, writers, and thought leaders on their campus. What a privilege it is to have been invited to take part in this program! 

For this visit, I will be spending time on their verdant campus, participating in seminars, classes and informal discussions, and even exhibiting with two other amazing women artists/innovators--Sara Zewde and Morehshin Allahyari. I’m looking forward to spending quality time working with, speaking to, and learning from UW faculty and students as we analyze ways in which art can help excavate, raise questions, and offer perspectives within our own personal, familial, and communal histories. 

Thank you, Linh Nguyen for the nomination, and to the University of Washington for this great opportunity!