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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, 450 Alumni Ct, Irvine, CA 92697

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. Watch the development of the installation (and my first mural) !

View photos or take the virtual tour

 

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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, followed by an artist talk:

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                      February 13, 2019       February 10, 2019 Spring 2019 (tba)   Spring 2019 (tba)  

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                                                                                            Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA University of Washington, Seattle, WA Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

 

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That We Should Be Heirs  (Current)

Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Exhibition dates: February 16 - March 31, 2019                                                                                                  Opening reception: to be determined Presentation with San Diego Museum of Art’s Contemporary Arts Committee: Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:30pm Spotlight series with Artist-in-Residence Chantal Wnuk, Deviate / Landscape curator Carlos Castro Arias, and yours truly                                                                                          

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 this project, and find out how you can contribute your writings to this project. I’d love to receive your writings to be part of That We Should Be Heirs!

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 our San Diego community.

Purchase tickets this special event that kicks off SDAI’s 2019 Season!

 

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Ancestral Journeys  (Current)  

Location: Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 21, 2019                                                                                                                   Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It is my privilege to have been invited to exhibit with a selection of artists whose work expresses our collective need to help 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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HerStory in History  (Current)  

Location: California History Center, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 21, 2019                                                                                                             

I’ll be showing an intimate body of work at the California History Center. Although I cherish having my work showcased in traditional art houses, such as museums and galleries, it is an absolute privilege to work with various other departments to show and talk art. Art is a language and a means of documenting our times, our history, and our stories as living history, and it’s so special that more and more, art is being recognized as a vital part in this preservation of history!          

                                     

 

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Year of the Pig: Pacific Symphony's Lantern Festival (Forthcoming) 

Presented by the Pacific Symphony
Location: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Festival Date: Sunday, March 2, 2018   11-5pm
Free and open to the public

I’m happy to be, for my 4th year, working with Pacific Symphony on this year's lantern installation for Segerstrom Concert Hall as we celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year of the Pig. On display will be hundreds of hand-painted lanterns by students of the Vietnamese Senior Art Class (Bowers Museum), and artists from Orange County Chinese Artists Association. Included this year's schedule of events will also be performances by Vietnamese dance troupes and musicians, an art display showcasing the works of local Vietnamese artists, and an array of free arts and crafts to ring in the new year. Come join us!

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, Everyone! (Happy Lunar New Year!)

View photos here

 

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University of Washington's Walker Ames Fellowship  (Forthcoming)  

Sponsored by the University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies Department, Southeast Asia Center, and Graduate School Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship Period: March - April 2019                                                                                                                                         Exhibition dates: April 1 - May 10, 2019                                                                                                                               Exhibition location: Gould Gallery, College of Built Environments, University of Washington                                       Lecture at Southeast Asia Center: April 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                           Reception: Workshop: April 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 the verdant Husky 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, Professor Linh Thủy Nguyễn for the nomination, and to the University of Washington for hosting me and for the generous support that you’ve shown me.

 

 

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Fights and Rights  (Forthcoming)  

Presented by the American Civil Liberties Union
Location: KEXP Studios and Gathering Space, 472 1st Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109                                                     Date: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                                                                  Exhibition: Spring 2019 (dates to be announced)                                                                                                    

The ACLU hosts their monthly community series called, Flights and Rights, featuring important civil rights issues at the KEXP Studios Gathering Space, and I’ve been invited to take part in a moderated discussion around immigration.

During this international crisis, I am feeling more and more compelled to create artwork that is developed though the hands and hearts of the public, inviting our fellow humanitarians to take part in the creative process with the collective aim become one voice in the work(s) of art.

It is my privilege to share my perspective with the Pacific Northwest community, and hope that I can contribute to the stand for humankind and the fight against injustice.

Thank you, ACLU and KEXP for hosting such an important event, and for inviting me to take part.

 

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Word Becomes Flesh (Forthcoming)

Presented by the Harvard University Department of History & Literature
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138                                                                                                          Lecture date: April 2019 (dates to be announced)

I am so very honored to have been invited to present my work with the students and faculty of Harvard University. As part of their Asian American conversation series, I will be speaking about how oral and written history has informed the development of my artwork, and how the creative process has been vital in research, documenting history, and the gathering of perspectives that make up history. I’ll be sharing the ways in which I use of various media to retell the narrative, and inciting community engagement through the arts. What a unique opportunity to encourage others to delve further into their own histories and the ways in which they might help pass on their own stories!

Thank you, Professor Catherine Nguyen for this amazing opportunity to share my life’s work.

 

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Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (forthcoming)

Volumn 18 | Number 12
Published by Duke University Press                                                                                                                    

Meridians is an interdisciplinary feminist journal that publishes important scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in the US and transnationally. I’m pleased to have my work published on the cover of their upcoming special issue.


 

Artist Talk with The Contemporary Arts Committee of SDMA

Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art’s Contemporary Arts Committee (CAC)
Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101                                                                             Date: Monday, February 11, 2019                                   

After a year and a half of being in conversation, I am very excited to finally be meeting with SDMA’s Contemporary Arts Committee!

CAC supports the SDMA through local tours and presentations with artists, curators, and gallery directors. These meetings are both social and educational, and are held at private residences, artist studios, galleries, and museums. 

Thank you, Betsy Lane, for this opportunity to speak with your group about my new body of work.

 

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New California Arts 2019 Forum  

Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626      Conference Dates: Sunday, February 10-13, 2019                                                     Artist Panel + Exhibition: Sunday, February 10, 2019                                                                            

For this year’s New California Arts Forum, I’ve been invited to participate with two other artists (to be announced) in a panel discussion to share experiences about our community engagement work. I’ll be specifically discussing some of the work that I’ve done throughout the years with Pacific Symphony, who is one of fifteen recipients of the New California Arts Fund that is awarded by The James Irvine Foundation.

Also as part of the program, I will be exhibiting a small collection of works.

Congratulations to all the New California Arts organizations who have been doing such important in bringing people together through creative practice!

 

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Home and Heritage  

A series of workshops with the Peacemakers                                                           In partnership with the San Diego Art Institute and the International Rescue Committee                                     Workshop dates: January 18-25, 2019

During this immigration crisis, my desire to work with the refugee community has grown piercingly loud. The urgent need to voice these shared struggles has scratched its urgent marks upon the surfaces of my artwork, springing from the thick of the matters and the mud through which we wade.

It is my absolute honor to be working with the International Rescue Committee in providing an arts outlet for our Peacemakers, a driven group refugee youth whose desire is to acquire the skills necessary to better advocate for themselves. Through writing and art-making workshops, we will be sharing our feelings on home, heritage, and fear, and sharing them with the community. It is my privilege to include some of their personal writings in my new installation, That We Should Be Heirs.

A breath of enormous gratitude to the IRC staff for giving me this opportunity to bring art to this special group, and to the San Diego Art Institute Art for supporting this project.

Art heals. Let’s heal together.