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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 Court, 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) !
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 and Q&R :
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 February 16, 2019 April 1-5, 2019 April 11, 2019 May 20, 2019
The Artist Odyssey Studios, Encinitas, CA
Viet Film Festival, Orange, CA (Recipient 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 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA University of Washington, Seattle, WA Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Windward School, Los Angeles, CA
Location: Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101
Exhibition dates: June 20 - November 2, 2019 Opening reception: Thursday, May 30, 2019
From the mind of Curator Lauren Siry, this exhibition aims to democratize art distribution and reinvigorate encounters with contemporary art. Correspondence will be displayed in a vending machine located on in the Porto Vista Hotel, engaging guests with the local art community in an alternative framework.
I believe that art should be assessable to all, and appreciate how this project/experiment is an unconventional and wonderful way to offer art to the public.
I will have eight prints from my Family Tree series, revisited and reworked, that will be available for purchase as part of this unique group exhibition. Thank you, Lauren, for the invitation!
Life Wide Angle/Close Up (Current)
Location: Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Exhibition dates: May 10, 2019 - April 19, 2020
Last spring, as the cherry blossoms began bursting from their bulbs, and the tulips dappled the sidewalk edges, I had the privilege of working with diverse groups during my fellowship at the University of Washington. During this time, I facilitated a creative workshop with Poet Bunthay Cheam and Southeast Asia Center Manager Shannon d’Layne Bush, as Photographer Jenna Hanford documented our time with the residents of Mount Baker Village. Now on view at the Wing Luke Museum, Jenna’s intimate photographs bear witness to the pensive moments that we shared with the Vietnamese + Cambodian + Latino community as we together recalled our memories of war, the fears that we have, and hope to overcome them.
Thank you, Shannon, Bunthay, and Jenna for blessing us with the devout love that you have for community.
Hidden Heritage (Current)
I will be working with San Jose Museum of Art in partnership with Chopsticks Alley in developing creative workshops alongside several California-based Vietnamese American artists and academics whose works include poetry, visual art, and oral history in paying homage to Vietnamese Americans whose contributions have helped develop what is now downtown San Jose.
I am so very excited to begin the research and see what art will pour out of these hands.
Lectures, workshops, and events soon to be announced.
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, They Come For Me, published on the cover of their upcoming special issue.
Atomic Theory 7 (Forthcoming)
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
I am deeply humbled to collaborate with Poet Shann Ray on this book of poetry and art.
Faith amid war. Forgiveness in the wake of genocide. Intimacy and heartache. Forgiveness as an act of love. In this pages, we look to God as the light in which we can find peace as we examine a grieving world.
Thank you, Shann, for this meaningful project, driven by a kindship founded upon art and Light.
Pacific Symphony's Arts-X-Press 2019
Sponsored by Pacific Symphony Hosted by Concordia University, 1530 Concordia West Irvine, CA 92612 Dates: July 6-24, 2019
I am looking forward to returning this summer as a visual arts instructor for this summer's arts-X-press. This arts immersion program plays an important role in introducing and engaging our youth in an array of creative practices. It is a true honor to help carry on the vision of Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair, who established this program the memory of his son Cole. I have witnessed how this arts-based program has had a lasting impact upon the lives of the young people who have taken part in this program, and am proud to continue to help expand their creative minds.
Location: Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 May 20, 2019: Film screening and lecture, followed by Q&A
Located in West Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Mar Vista, Windward School is a dynamic college-preparatory school, dedicated to community and collaboration. Course offerings and academic initiatives are collaborative and interdisciplinary, driven by the most up-to-date research, and crafted in partnership with some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. These programs offer Windward’s students educational opportunities that are unique, engaging, and relevant to life in the 21st century.
I’m delighted to spend time with the students and faculty at Windward in furthering emphasize art as an essential role in building a nurturing and inclusive community.
That We Should Be Heirs
Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Exhibition dates: February 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening reception: Saturday, February 16, 2019 6-8pm Presentation for SDMA Contemporary Arts Committee: Monday, February 11, 2019 6:30-8pm Spotlight series: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:30-8pm SDAI Members Reception: Saturday, April 13, 2019 6-8pm
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.
I have been invited to develop a project with SDAI that will result in an interactive installation at the museum for which 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, 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!
University of Washington's Walker-Ames Fellowship + Memory and Place
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship Period: March - April 2019
Memory and Place Exhibition dates: April 3 - May 3, 2019 Exhibition location: Gould Gallery, 3950 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm.
Memory and Place panel discussion: April 3, 2019 7:30-8:30pm, moderated by Priya Frank, Seattle Art Museum Panel location: Kane Hall 130, 4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, Washington 98105
Panel Reception: April 3, 2019, 5:30-6:30pm, Gould Court, 3950 University Way NE American Ethnic Studies + Southeast Asia Center Reception: April 4, 4-6pm, Simpson Center for the Humanities
Lectures: April 2, 9-10:20am AES 462: Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations April 2, 3-4pm HSTAS 221A: History of Southeast Asia April 3, 1:30-2:20pm JSIS B: Forced Migrations April 3, 2:30-3:15pm AES 442 A : Undocumented Immigrant Communities April 4, 10:30am-12:20pm AAS 402: Contemporary Asian American Literature April 4, 1:30-3:20pm JSIS 441/54: Global Diasporas
Writing workshops for That We Should Be Heirs: February 22, 2019: Southeast Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies March 8, 2019: Othello-UW Commons, 4200 S. Othello St. Suite 117, Seattle, WA 98118 March 28, 2019: Mount Baker Village Community Center, 2900 S. McClellan St. Seattle 98144 April 2, 2019: Washington State Corrections Center for Women, PIerce County, WA
I am humbled to have been selected by the University of Washington as a Walker-Ames Endowed 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, engaging the community in art projects, providing artist lectures, and participating in seminars, classes and informal discussions, and exhibiting as part of a triptych exhibition with two innovative women artists--Sara Zwede 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 thank you to the people within the following departments for your generous support:
Word Becomes Flesh + That We Should Be Heirs
Presented by the Harvard University Department of History & Literature
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 Word Becomes Flesh: A Conversation with Trinh Mai (film screening and lecture) date: 12 Quincy Street, Barker 024: Thursday, April 11, 2019 6-8pm That We Should Be Heirs: The Art of Letting Go and Reclaiming our Inherited Strengths (workshop) date: 2 Arrow Street, Suite 420: Friday, April 12, 2019 12-2pm
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!
This event is part of the series, CONVERSATIONS ON ASIA AMERICA: A SPEAKER SERIES ON ASIAN AMERICAN CREATIVE AND SCHOLARLY WORK, funded by the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities, with support from History & Literature, and the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights.
Thank you, Professor Catherine Nguyen, for this amazing opportunity to share my life’s work.
i Damas !
Presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Location: Argyros Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Date: March 30, 2019
In honor of National Women’s Day, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is organizing an event to celebrate women creatives in Orange County, and this year, they’ve graciously invited me to participate.
For this event, I’ll be inviting the public to write about fear and contribute their writings to my traveling installation, That We Should Be Heirs, which is currently on display at San Diego Art Institute from February 16 - May 12, 2019.
Learn more about this event
Location: Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 25, 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.
Her Story in History
Location: California History Center, Cupertino, CA 95014
Exhibition Dates: February 4 - March 25, 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!
Year of the Pig: Pacific Symphony's Lantern Festival
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
*image by Big Nose Work
Location: Ruminate Magazine on Facebook
Event dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Ruminate Magazine presents Ruminate Happenings, offering 50 hours of live, spontaneous creations for you and with you.
View my live session (What a unique and wildly exhilarating experience this was!)
In 2018, I had five works published in Ruminate Magazine, a non-profit magazine that embodies the human, the honest, the transcendent, the faithful, and the hopeful. For their fundraiser, they’ve invited me back for a unique event wherein their contributing artists and writers will be making spontaneous, collaborative, and personalized work of art, poem, or even short story.
When you sign up for this event, you’ll have a chance to choose which artist/writer you’d like to work with, have a specialized piece created just for you, and support Ruminate Magazine in helping disperse honest work out to the world.
Artist Talk with The Contemporary Arts Committee of SDMA
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.
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 in a panel discussion with New York-based Iranian Muslim Playwright Leila Buck, and Los Angeles-based Choreographer Jackie Lopez as we speak about our community engagement work. I’ll also be discussing some of the work that I’ve done throughout the years with Pacific Symphony, who is one of fifteen recipients (and the only symphony) of the New California Arts Fund that is awarded by The James Irvine Foundation.
The program also includes an exhibition of my work.
Congratulations to all the New California Arts organizations who have been granted this prestigious award. Thank you for continuing to play such important roles in bringing people together through creative practice!
Home and Heritage
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.