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Honoring Life 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


The Artist Odyssey Studios, Encinitas, CA
Viet Film Festival, Orange, CA
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 Community College, Newport Beach, CA                                                            Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR                    


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Hướng Nước  //  Inheritance  //  Water   (Current) 

Location: Portland Children's Museum, 4015 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Exhibition dates: February 6 - May 9, 2018                                                                                                                          Member's Preview Reception and Lantern workshop: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 - 7pm                                                Curation and statement by Dao Strom

We are inheritors. Of water. Of land. Of memories. Of histories we do not always choose. Of ancestors. Of ghosts. Of grief. Of ghosts of ancestors, culture, memory, trauma. We are inheritors of stories. Of arrivals and escapes. Of flight. Of landing. Of the sometimes hard-to-trace paths, and the passage in between. In Vietnamese the word hướng means ‘path’ or ‘direction’, but (if you change the accent marks) it can also mean ‘to inherit’ (hưởng). The word nước means both ‘water’ and ‘country’. So hướng nước may suggest our inheritance of water, our passages across water, as well the paths of our inheritance.

When we lose the soil of a physical country to call home, we learn how to carry that country with and within us. We find it harbored in the bodies and skins and stories of family members and others. But we find it also in the whispers of imagined landscapes, future landscapes, materials repurposed, in new directions and new arrangements of texture, light, recollection, color.

We preserve, we excavate, we recollect and repurpose, we remember and resist and reimagine.

Each of the artists in this show are inheritors of the Vietnamese diasporic experience. Our work reflects hướng nước – or the intermingled elements of inheritance and water – in varying ways.

Portland Children’s Museum encourages children’s expression and discovery through reflection and creativity. As part Voyage to Vietnam, a traveling exhibition that will be making its way through PCM, I've been invited to show with Portland-based artists Dao Strom and Anne Vo, and Los Angeles-based artist Christine Nguyen.

Thanks you, Dao Strom and Portland Children's Museum, for the invitation.  


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Boca De Oro | Mouth of Gold  (Forthcoming)

Breaking Tables                                                                                                                                                                                Presented by Orange County’s Second Annual Art and Literature Festival  
Location: Chapter One Red Room, 227 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018  4-6pm
Free and open to all ages

Curated by Darlene and Wes Kriesel, Breaking Tables is a literary, spoken word, and musical showcase. As Phase II of Boca De Oro, this event gathers artists whose work shares in themes of the breaking of barriers, the creation of new spaces, and the opening doors for innovation, for love, and for creativity in our personal lives, communities, and in society at large.

After having been so long since I’d written, I am extremely excited to be sharing some of my recent work on the mic, including work that was written in honor of my late sister, Kelly.

Thank you, Madeleine, Darlene, and Wes, for the invitation to share some of my written and spoken words with the community.

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Year of the Dog: 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 4, 2018   12-3pm
Free and open to the public

It's exciting to be working with Pacific Symphony again on this year's lantern installation for the Segerstrom Concert Hall, celebrating the 2018 Lunar New Year of the Dog. On display will be hundreds of hand-painted lanterns by students of Heninger Village Art Studio (Community Engagement), Nguoi Viet Senior Art Society (Bowers Museum), and artists from Orange County Chinese Artists Association. Included this year's schedule of events will also be an art display, showcasing the works of artists of Heninger Village Art Studio.

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, Everyone!




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Tahirih Justice Center Benefit Gala  (Forthcoming)  

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1177 Airport Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94010
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018                                                                                                                                                        VIP reception 6pm; General reception 6:30pm; Dinner program 7:30pm                                                               

The mission of Tahirih Justice Center is to promote justice for women and girls worldwide. Tahirih stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy , and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. The center was named after a Persian poet named Tahirih. Born in 1814, she led, organized, and inspired the women to stand against oppression during a time when most women were kept illiterate and voiceless.

I am honored to have been invited to take part in Tahirih's inaugural benefit gala. Thank you, Christine, for the opportunity to utilize my art in helping empower our belovèd sisters!

Purchase tickets to show your support for our girls and women



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Oceanside Museum of Art's Annual Art Auction  (Forthcoming)

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054                                                    Preview Exhibition: March 31-April 7, 2018                                                                                                                      Art Auction: Saturday, April 7, 2018,   6-7pm VIP Preview Hour,  7-9pm General Auction       

I am so very happy to have been invited to have five of my artworks in OMA's 2018 Annual Art Auction! It's a privilege to be showing work alongside a band of San Diego's finest artists. Thank you, OMA for being so supportive of my work throughout the years, and to Maria and Katie for this amazing opportunity to help support the arts and OMA in its mission to providing the community with opportunities to explore the arts!

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Art: A Passage to Unearthing History   (Forthcoming) 

Location: Portland Art Museum, 1219 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Artist Talk: March 10, 2018  11am-12pm                                                                                                                              Art-making Workshop: March 10, 2018  12-2pm

I have been invited to present my work in an artist talk as part of Common Ground, a show of Fazal Sheikh’s humanitarian photographs that address issues of immigration and displacement. 

Our visual artworks weave into themes of war and perseverance through struggle and hardship, and I am honored to be sharing among the company of such powerful and influential artistry.

After the talk, I'll be facilitating an art-making workshop during which participants will be encouraged to use photos from their own family archives to create collages, in hopes that these works will help begin/continue conversations with family members to unearth history.   



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She Who Has No Masters   (Forthcoming) 

Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center 
Events presented by Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network:                                                                                         Poetic Performance and Visual Art Exhibition with the students of San Francisco State University                                  Date: May 5, 2018  4-6:30pm                                                                                                                                                Location: International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street @ Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA          Poetic Performance and Visual Art Exhibition with She Who Has No Masters                                                                             Date: May 6, 2018  time to be announced                                                                                                                             Location: Asian Art Museum: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 

To expound on the theme of "Regenerative Community", the women of DVAN will be performing their  collaborative poetry that touch on themes of sexual and power abuses as experienced though the Asian American lens. To supplement these special performances, I have been invited to present some of my new work that speaks upon these issues, endured by our women of past and present. 



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Memories of Migration  (Forthcoming)

Presented by San Jose Museum of Art in partnership with Chopsticks Alley                                                                  Location: Art Object Gallery, 592 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112                                                                        Exhibition dates: Fall 2018  

Inspired by a multi-disciplinary, community-wide collaboration, the San Jose Museum of Art will be presenting Memories of Migration this fall. This region-wide series of programs on migration will explore the human side of immigration debates and their particular relevance to the Bay Area community. Chopsticks Alley and Art Object Alley are tow of over one dozen community partners throughout the Bay Area who will invite artists to explore themes of immigration, migration, borders, identity, and social justice in a wide variety of programs, performances, exhibitions, projects, and educational experiences. 

I am thrilled to be participating in this upcoming group show with artists for whom I hold great admiration. Thank you, Trami and Sayre for thinking of my work!

More details and dates to come...



Inspiration, Insight, and Inheritance

Presented by Coastline Community College
Location: Coastline Community College, 1515 Monrovia Ave. Newport Beach, CA 92663
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12pm

I've been invited to Coastline Community College's beautiful beachfront campus to talk art as part of their Lunchtime Lectures Series. I'll spend some time sharing my work and my family history, and talk about the ways that art has encouraged intergenerational dialogue. 

Thank you, David Lee, and Coastline for having me!


Community Engagement Residency to benefit Heninger Village          

Residency Dates: February 2016 - February 2018

Thanks to Community Engagement in partnership with Grand Central Art Center, and an overwhelming amount of community support, I am happy to announce that I’ve been selected for their yearlong residency! Community Engagement's mission is to promote positive individual and community change within low-income communities through social practice, and my project’s aim is to bring visual art to the Heninger Village community as a way of documenting history and encouraging intergenerational dialogues through art. I am really loving this collaborative community work. 

This is going to be such a fulfilling experience. What a wonderful way to begin the new year. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in helping make this happen for us! 

Read more about social practice in this New York Times article, where Grand Central Art Center is mentioned, and also about the work that Community Engagement has been doing in OC Weekly!



Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 

Published at Ohio State University through the University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: Summer 2017

Frontiers is one of the premier publications in the field of feminist/gender studies. First published in 1975 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Frontiers continues the tradition of examining relationships among place, region, and topics of longstanding concern to feminist scholars - gender, race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, and sexuality. Alongside its commitment to supporting the kinds of scholarship that have afforded this journal its visibility and respect in the field, the journal also supports the arts by providing a space for feminist and gender conscious artists to share their work upon her pages. 

I am proud to announce that my artwork has been chosen to appear on the cover of Frontiers’ 38.1 issue (summer 2017), along with two other pieces which will be highlighted in the journal. Thank you to the editing team for this great opportunity to share my work!

Read my blog entry, Hôm Nay, Hồn Này, to learn more about this cover piece.






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A Time to Heal      

Presented in partnership with Oceanside Museum of Art and MiraCosta College
Events taking place at Oceanside Museum of Art:                                                                                                                   Preview Dates: June 2-16, 2017  (Display of veterans' works, museum lobby)                                                                Exhibition Dates: July 29 - October 8, 2017  (display of collaborative works, Parker Gallery)                                       Receptions: Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Friday, August 4, 2017,  6-8pm                                                                          Lecture: Thursday, August 31, 2017  6-7:30pm                          

Traveling to MiraCosta College: November 6 - December 14, 2017                                                                                    Lecture at MiraCosta College: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4-6pm;  Reception 6-7:30pm  

A Time to Heal is a performative, socially engaging, fine art project whose mission is to provide a safe space for our war veterans to reflect and share their stories with the community as they work with a team of artists in developing mixed media self portraits. Our hope is that we, as a community, can be proactive in our personal and collective healing and support each other during the process by stimulating dialogues of healing and humanity through creativity. A Time to Heal features works made with collaborative efforts by Trinh Mai, J.Grant Brittain, and service members of MiraCosta College, Rachel Davis, Michelle Vesley, Christopher Weathers, and John Wayne.

We thank our partnering organizations for their generous support:

  Chrome Digital                            J. Grant Brittain                                   Grand Central Art Center                                   Community Engagement           MiraCosta Veterans Services               The Artist Odyssey    

View photos of our time together, learn more about these pieces, watch our video about this project, or check out our Q&A (password: together) 



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Culture and Creativity: Retelling History Through Artistic Expression  

Sponsored by Cal State Fullerton Department of American Studies
Location: California State University, Fullerton, University Hall (campus map)
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017  11:30 – 12:45pm

I have been invited to present my work for Dr. Susie Woo’s American Immigrant Cultures class, which examines how diverse immigrant cultures have shaped what it means to be American. Speaking on conceptions of home, war, perseverance, arrival, and inheritance, I will speak on how art has helped me tell the stories that I’ve lived through and the stories that I’ve inherited, and how this has enriched this American experience.

Thank you for having me, Titans!





Artistic Vision: Trinh Mai renders a personal history 

Publication date: August 2017

This summer, my work will be featured in the Artistic Vision segment of Orange County's Coast MagazineCoast is the monthly regional luxury lifestyle publication for tastemakers in Orange County. Each month this glossy magazine and its website offer informed and entertaining insights into the fascinating personalities of the area, along with the best in fashion, dining, architecture, interior design, arts and culture.



Prayers, Protection, and Resistance  

Location: Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833
Show Dates: June 22 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 2017  6:30pm
Gallery Tour: Thursday, August 10, 2017  7:30pm  

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center presents Prayers, Protection, and Resistance, an invitational group exhibition for which artists are asked to represent your prayers, hopes, dreams, desires, wishes, and concerns for the world today. This show offers a space for artists to respond to troubling times in personal terms with artworks on an intimate scale, to offer hope in a world of worry and strife. When faced with overwhelming circumstances beyond their control, artists respond with unexpected and powerful life-affirming artwork.  




Creating Art from your Stories:  A Workshop with Trinh Mai 

Sponsored by Illuminations
Presented by the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center, University of California, Irvine
Location: Room to be announced
                 University of California, Irvine (interactive campus map)
Date: May 23, 2017   12:30-1:50pm 

The first ever conference that I attended took place at UC Irvine, and I’m excited to be returning in the spring to facilitate a hands-on art workshop for students and faculty as part of the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive.

A big thank you to the OC&SEAA Center and Illuminations for supporting arts and culture across campus!



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'War Wounds' at Grand Central Art Center Takes on the Poetics of Hurt

An art review in the OC Weekly by Dave Barton 
Publication date: April 20, 2017

I was elated to wake up this morning to find that my work has been recognized in the OC Weekly by art aficionado, Dave Barton. During his visit to Grand Central Art Center, he spent some time with my newest work, War Wounds, closely examining the piece, both as a visual art form and as a message of hope and a hope for healing. I was so touched that our wounds have been given this kind of media attention, and even more so that they were illustrated by such a skillful writer and art lover who is receptive to the underlying messages of the work. His words, thoughtful and vivid, allowed me to see this project from someone else’s perspective as he was experiencing it for the first time. After spending countless hours in the studio crafting over thirty of these wounds, I only know my relationship with them—laborious and obsessive, meditative and healing, burdening and alleviating. It has touched me deeply to experience the way this particular piece speak to others, and it was especially moving to experience the work from the perspective of someone who can so eloquently describe the ideas and feelings that stirred as he observed. 

Thank you so very much, Dave Barton, for spending time with the work, for your support along this journey, and for the way you give such careful attention to the arts. 



War Wounds  

Sponsored by CSUF Grand Central Art Center
Location:  125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Receptions will take place on the following Saturdays from 7-10pm during Santa Ana Art Walk: 
       November 4, 2016;  December 3, 2016;  February 4, 2017;  March 4, 2017; April 2, 2017;  May 6, 2017
Dates:  October 24, 2016 - May 14, 2017

After eight months into my residency, I'm thrilled to have my new installation, War Wounds, on display at GCAC.

Grand Central Art Center’s tagline is “ART UNRESTRICTED”, and I can attest through my own experience that the staff here strives to uphold this idea as promise.   

We are a community that comprises of painters, illustrators, photographers, composers, sculptors, actors, screenwriters, set designers, writers, pianists, art educators, curators, just to name a few of the practices that have been nourished within and around the walls of Grand Central.  From carefully planned exhibitions to impromptu performances and spontaneous collaborations, the artists who have been invited here are expected to do one thing – make more good art.

Through the vast amount of resources offered here, amidst the constant stirring of inspiration, we are encouraged to expand in our work, and can easily find opportunities for the community involvement that quickens our spirits. Founded upon the values of supporting creativity, professionalism in the art world, community engagement, following intuition, and allowing spur-of-the-moment ideas to take root and bear fruit, Grand Central Art Center has been a place where artists are afforded complete liberty to move in whichever direction(s) they find themselves drawn, for therein is where we find our truth.

While I was experimenting in the studio with a new body of work for an upcoming show, Director John Spiak offered me a public space to work through the process. My new installation, War Wounds, is now displayed on Grand Central's project wall, hovering over those who are making their way to the flamenco and artists' studios.

Thank you, John and Tracey, for the love you’ve shown to me and to our community.



Art Talk at Southland Integrated Services  

Location: Southland Integrated Services (formerly known as VNCOC), 1618 W. First St. Santa Ana, CA 92703
Date: April 1, 2017  10am - 12pm

It is my privilege to share my work and how it has been shaped by my heritage and my community.

Southland's mission is to provide community services for individuals and families that enable them to thrive and become valuable and highly valued participants of Orange County's culture and society.

Formerly known as Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VNCOC), Southland is dedicated to helping all communities regardless of race, ethnicity or language and seeks to break down the barriers that prevent individuals from enjoying all that Orange County has to offer. Established in 1979 as a refugee resettlement support agency operating out of a makeshift storefront office in an area that now became today’s Little Saigon, the VNCOC had gradually expanded its operations to respond to the rapidly evolving needs of the local Vietnamese-American population (est. 200,000), the largest concentration of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. Now, with some 15 social service programs and a Community Economic Development Project provided at our headquarters in Santa Ana and the branch offices in Westminster and Garden Grove, Southland—the largest non-profit, community-based of its kind—has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people and has come to be regarded as an invaluable institution in the Vietnamese-American community.

A special thanks to Lead Clinician Kim Xuyen Ngo for the invitation!


On Life: For the Memory  

Presented by the Vietnamese American Society of Creative Arts and Music (VASCAM)
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017  4pm

To celebrate the opening of Chapman University’s new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, VASCAM presents its first concert of the year, On Life. Through the contemporary musical language of Cung Tiên, Tôn Thât Tiêt, and scenes from the opera, The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan, On Life is a concert which narrates the detailed experiences of life, particularly from the perspective of the Vietnamese American, who has faced the challenges of multiculturalism, dualism, the preservation of tradition and time. 

My work will be showcased during the performance of P.Q. Phan’s composition, Isolation, from his Songs of Solitude collection. I've curated selection of my works to be presented, works which speak to the feeling and somber nature of isolation. This visual arrangement be projected upon the backdrop during his concert, creating a conversation between visual art and music. 

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Resound, Roots, and Revitalize Our Words

Presented by LibroMobile + Community Engagement
Location:  Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Show Dates:  Saturday, March 18, 2017   2-4pm with reception to follow  

I am so proud to be working with the artists of Heninger Village in developing our poetry and musical showcase. We will be opening for poet Kimberly Alidio with a reading of works by Langston Hughes read by La Verne Culpepper, Sharonda Caldwell, and yours truly, original poetry written and read by Teresa Roehmer, and original music written and performed by Joe Buffardi (A.K.A. "Joey B."). A collection of original artwork by our Heninger Village artists will also compliment this creative showcase. We hope you'll join us!

Thank you, Sarah Rafael García, for the invitation and opportunity to share these very special artists' work!





Trinh Mai: An Artist’s Vietnamese American Journey  

Presented by Pasadena Public Library
March 1 – 31, 2017:           Trinh Mai's Art Exhibit, North Entrance of the Pasadena Central Library                             March 2, 2017, 7pm:          A Conversation with Việt Thanh Nguyễn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, All Saints Church
March 14, 2017, 4-5pm:    A Conversation with Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Food Critic for the                                                                  Los Angeles Times, Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library                     March 18, 2017, 11am:      A Conversation with Trinh Mai: An Artist's Vietnamese American Journey,                                                                              Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library                                 

As part of the library's celebration of Vietnamese culture for the month of March, I’ll have a collection of art on display and will also be doing a presentation about my work, as part of the library’s 15th "One City, One Story" series. I’m so honored to be taking part in this special event to recognize Vietnamese American history, arts, food, and culture with such esteemed creative thinkers. 

Founded in 1882, the Pasadena Central Library is listed on National Register of Historic sites. I can feel this history when I stare up at its Romanesque architecture, graze my hands upon its wood-paneled walls, rest upon its original quarter-sawn oak furniture, and tread quietly upon its Portuguese cork floors. This building is just magnificent, and I’m so pleased to have been invited to share my work here!

View "One City, One Story" brochure



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Lifeline: A Solo Show by Trinh Mai  

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Show Dates: December 17, 2016 - March 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017  6-8pm
Artist Talk + Documentary Screening (Presented by TAO): Wednesday, February 8, 2017   10:30am-12pm
A Time to Heal: A supplemental socially engaging creative project for our Veterans: Feb 13-19, 2017                                                    Sponsored in partnership with MiraCosta College

There are times in life when we are forced to bow in anguish before we are flushed with hope, and ushered into a moment of revelatory triumph.  This exhibition pays homage to the interlacing connections that shed light upon the sanctity, value, and purpose that gives meaning to life. These solemn works document the narratives that we might all share—these meandering threads of trial and virtue that span the human experience.  Whether tales of blood or bliss, herein lies the potential for a significant wisdom that holds true.  And as we stand broken but steadfast, we come face to face with the beauty that springs forth from these afflictions. In time, these knots loosen and call for us to rebraid them into an enduring strength.

Lifeline provides an intimate glimpse into the interconnectedness that bears witness to both life’s fragility and the weight that it tethers to our core.  These shared, lived, and inherited stories have been woven into this delicate collection of work, rewritten as a prayer for light upon the weary and heavy-laden.

Learn more about this exhibition and it related events or view photos




Keep the Channel Open, Episode 1: Trinh Mai  

Air Date: January 26, 2016

In his new podcast series, Keep the Channel Open, San Diego-based photographer and writer Mike Sakasegawa sits down with artists from various disciplines to discuss their processes, their ideas, their struggles and the ways they work to overcome them, their thoughts on art, and what lights that fire in their bellies to make more of it. 

I am humbled to have had the chance to speak with such a thoughtful individual, and to have been a guest for his inaugural episode! Thank you, Mike, for your insightfulness and for the reminder to keep the channel open!


Listen to Episode 1: Trinh Mai



Archival Use in Research  

Presented by UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Location: University of California, Los Angeles (interactive campus map)
Date: February 21, 2017  1:30-3pm

I'm happy to be returning to UCLA's beautiful campus to talk art! To share about the impact that community archives have had upon my work, I will be discussing how my own family photos and archive, in conjunction with the information that I've acquire from other archives, like the Southeast Asian Archive, has helped me in my continual research. I’ll be screening the documentary, and also have some samples of my work on display so that students can have a closer look, since I talk about specific ones that have led to answers about my family history--answers to the questions that I might have never known to ask.

Thank you, Professor Michelle Caswell, for the invitation.



Year of the Rooster: Pacific Symphony's Lantern Festival  

Presented by the Pacific Symphony
Location: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Festival Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017  11-4pm
Free and open to the public

Last year, worked with the Pacific Symphony to design an installation for the Segerstrom Concert Hall for their inaugural Lantern Festival, celebrating the 2016 Lunar New Year of the Monkey. I'm happy to be returning to work on another collaborative installation which will display the hand-painted lanterns by students of Heninger Village Art Studio (Community Engagement), Nguoi Viet Senior Art Society (Bowers Museum), and master artists from Orange County Chinese Artists Association.

Thank you to the Pacific Symphony for highlighting these important and enjoyable community projects to celebrate our rich culture! 



Keynote for the Southeast Asian Success Youth Conference  

Presented by the Southeast Asian Student Association (SASA) at the University of California, Irvine
Location: University of California, Irvine (interactive campus map)
                311 West Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Conference Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

I have been to deliver the keynote address for this year's SASA conference at UC Irvine. To kick off the conference, I'll talk about how my art practice has helped me bridge the intergenerational gap that we often face as Asian Americans. Thank you, SASA, for the invitation!

SASA aims to unite and empower the Southeast Asian Community though a commitment to culture, education, and active political participation. 



A Conversation with Vietnamese American Artist Trinh Mai 

Presented by the Institute of Arts & Humanities
Location: Cross Cultural Center, University of California, San Diego  (interactive campus map)
Art Talk: January 25, 2017  11:30 - 12:30pm with a reception to follow from 12:30 - 2pm

To kick off the pre-conference calendar of events leading up to The Militarism and Migration Conference, I have been invited by the UCSD Humanities Center to discuss how my artwork as helped open up the channel for intergenerational dialogue as a method to unearth history, how it speaks on the human condition and our collective need for healing. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017  11:30am-12:45pm            
A Conversation with Vietnamese American Artist Trinh Mai. A presentation of work that touches on family history, war, identity, and healing

Thursday, February 9, 2017  3:30-5pm               
From the Land of Shadows: Remembering the Violence and the Violence of Remembering, Professor Khatharya Um, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Monday, April 10, 2017  3-5pm                    
Clowns in Palestine Cry: Facing Mundane Surveillance, Necropenology, and Militarism, Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Law School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A special thanks to Professor Yến Lê Espiritu for the invitation.



Trinh Mai: Lifeline

Publication date: December 2016

I am proud to have my artwork published in the December Issue of Pacific Magazine (page 40) to announce my show, Lifeline, on display at Oceanside Museum of Art from December 16, 2016-March 5, 2017! 

Pacific Magazine covers happenings and stories taking place in San Diego County, brining to light some of the best that the city has to offer

View the December Issue



Excavating Our History: Visual Art as a Method for Research  

Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies
Location: Rolfe Hall Auditorium, University of California, Los Angeles  (interactive campus map)
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016   8 - 9:15am   

I have been invited to present at UCLA's History of Asian Americans class to add onto Dr. Jean-Paul R. deGuzman’s message that “history is not something isolated into a textbook, but is a constellation of causes and conditions in which our families and ourselves are swept up and in which we make choices”, by focusing my workshop on how visual art can play a pivotal role in helping shape our personal, familial, and communal identities by opening up a space for discovery through storytelling. I hope to encourage the students to spend time with their elders in order learn more about their family history, our collective histories, and in this, find a path toward healing.  

A special thanks to Dr. Jean-Paul R. deGuzman for the invitation!



We Are Here: Vietnamese American Identity and Memory 

Sponsored by UC Irvine School of Humanities 
Location:  Humanities Hall 143, University of California, Irvine  (interactive campus map)
Art Talk:  Thursday, November 10, 2016   9:30 - 10:50am   

I have been invited to present my work as part of a year-long celebration entitled “Homescapes/Warscapes 25/30”, which commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Department of Asian American Studies and the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive.

The concept of “homescapes” highlights how Asian people have been displaced from their "home" countries, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and how they have sought to recreate a sense of “home” in the U.S. “Warscapes" speaks on how militarism in the Pacific World and across the Asian continent has played a central role in displacement of Asian people from their home countries. Wars destroyed homes, created the need for new ones, and facilitated the formation of hybrid kinship structures and identities.




Treble / Tremble  

Location: Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2016  

Luke was on a site visit to prepare for his upcoming show, and I met him just days prior to our performative session.  During his time here, we discussed war and freedom, art and action, flow of sound, sitting at the piano together to share our methods, ideas, and inspirations. I was fortunate to have had the brief time with him. Just a couple hours before his flight back home to Australia, we were able to squeeze this session in to experiment with sound, movement, and the vibrations upon which they meet.

While Luke played this intuitive piece, using a line of symmetry with his fingers mirroring each other, I also worked from center, echoing this symmetry as I translated the sound and vibration into paint. This piece is the physical embodiment of letting go, of keeping centered, and finding and creating that meditative space within a humming and swirling atmosphere.


Watch the video of our process




New Growth: Community Engagement's Public Unveiling & Fundraiser   

Location: AKORN Entertainment, 305 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016  6:30 – 8:30pm  

In February, I began my artist residency with Community Engagement, and as we enter into its second year, we will be hosting our first fundraiser and public unveiling. Community Engagement's mission to bring creative into low-income communities through the social practice art medium has been met with great community support, and we look forward to celebrating with you as we root deeper into these seasoned relationships, and grow into new ones.

Please join us as we share with the public the beautiful relationships and experiences that have blossomed in the communities we serve. Support our event by purchasing tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Read more about my work with Heninger Village and learn about how art has brought new growth into their community.

Thank you to our Community Sponsors for growing with us: Bowers Museum, Natural Baking Company, OC Weekly, Pacific Symphony, South Coast Repertory, Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine. 



Unearthing History through Contemporary Art Practice 

As part of the panel, Storytelling in Dwelling: Contemporary Art, History as Memory, and the Politics of Home in the Oral Histories of Vietnam
Presented by the 8th Engaging with Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference
Location: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2500 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
Conference dates: October 5 – 8, 2016   

For this year’s conference, I will be presenting with fellow interdisciplinary artists John Le (Chicago), Ly Hoang Ly (Vietnam), and Patricia Nguyen (Chicago), whose work is rooted in the fields of painting, sculpture, performance, sound, and architecture. Our panel offers the concept of dwelling as the creative practice of calling upon home and memory; dwelling as an act of being present in the depths and difficulties of memories to tell another version of history, specifically in the period after communist revolution and war in Vietnam. Grounded in oral histories of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans, the panel deals with the politics of memory and what it reveals in the aftermath of the Vietnam/American War both in the diaspora and in Vietnam. 

Each artist will speak on how oral histories and contemporary art has served as methods of engaging Vietnamese communities to unearth histories of violence to cultivate spaces of healing, rituals of placemaking, and public interventions through acts of remembering. 



An Evening of Creatives + Open Studios  

Hosted by Grand Central Art Center