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Time and Time Again: A Retrospective Show of Works by Trinh Mai

Location: The District Art Gallery, 2433 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
Show Dates: December 1st - 31st, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2012  6-10pm.

I am honored to be the featured artist for the District Art Gallery's first solo exhibition. On display will be a collection of works spanning from 2003 to present.

Also, see the announcement in the Orange County Register.


Viet Hope 10th Anniversary Benefit Gala

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012  7pm-12am

A benefit showcasing my artwork, photographs by Hai-Ho Tran, and a book signing by Professor Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde of UC Davis.

Visit Viet Hope and learn how you can help Vietnam's socioeconomic development by supporting the education of financially disadvantaged children.


UC Irvine's Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Location: Van Lang Community Hall, 14861 Moran Street, Westminster, CA 92683
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 24, 2012   5:30-8:30pm

The Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to formally launch its website and celebrate the efforts of volunteers, narrators, students and community supporters at a community reception. And I as one of the interviewees, I am honored to be the featured artist for this opening reception.

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Second Annual Áo Dài Festival

Location: San Jose Center for Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95113
Poetry & Art Symposium and Workshop: September 15, 2012  1-3pm
Festival and Exhibition: Saturday, September 15th, 2012  3-8pm

I have been invited to curate Trùng Dương: Convergence of Rivers, the visual art exhibit at this year's Áo Dài Festival, hosted by the Friends of Hue Foundation and the Green Rice Foundation. All festival proceeds benefit the Friends of Hue Foundation Children's Shelter in Hue, Vietnam. Ao Dai designers include Duc Hung, Si Hoang, Minh Hanh, and Debbie Nghiem.

Exhibiting artists include Thai Bui, Trinh Mai, Cao Ba Minh, Ann Phong, and Trinh Ponce, with poets Anhvu Buchanan, and Truong Tran. Learn more about this year's artists.
View more photos from the 2nd Annual Áo Dài Festival.


Bảy Cửa | Seven Doors

Location: Jennifer & Philip DiNapoli Gallery, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7, 2012  1-5pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 9am - 6pm; Sun 9am - 5pm

I will be participating in Bảy Cửa | Seven Doors, a collective show that invites the community into the seven worlds of seven Vietnamese American artists. Drawing from the perspective of the Vietnamese diaspora, these works channel the transition from here to there and from past to present, paying homage to the journey upon which they have traveled as one of the whole, and as a people.

Artwork by Thomas Chu, Dao Hai Trieu, Jenny Do, Le Thi Que Huong, Trinh Mai, Nguyen Tri Minh Quang, and Truong Thi Thinh.


The District Art Gallery

Location: The District Art Gallery, 2477 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 20126-9pm

A special event to introduce *yours truly* as The District Art Gallery's newly represented and resident artist. Exhibiting artists include Debra Young, Jerry Muller, John Teer, Lisa Ricondo, Monica Nieborek, John Dewilde, and Ted Baker.


California and Beyond: Conversations with Vietnamese American Artists, Filmmakers & Writers 

Location: Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University, CA 94305
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012,  11am - 4pm

I am honored to be joining a group of thirteen Vietnamese-American artists, filmmakers and writers for this special event, co-sponsored by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

Presented by: The Office of the Provost, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, DVAN, The Asian American Studies, The Comparative Studies in Race and Ethncity, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa).

Watch my presentation or view photos of California and Beyond.


Third San Francisco Vietnamese American Poetry and Art Festival

Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) and co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Institute and the Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

Location: African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012,  7-9pm

I’ll be showing with a group of 12 Vietnamese-American creatives for this exciting festival, including spoken word artists Bao Phi, Fong Tran, and Sahra Vang Nguyen, poet Nguyen Do with Paul Hoover, and prose writers Andrew Pham and Aimee Phan. Also, performances by Cai Luong and artist Quang Chanh. 

Art exhibition includes works by Binh Danh, Christine Nguyen, Truong Tran, Trinh Mai, and Khoi Nguyen.



Friends Without A Border 10th Annual Gala

Location: Espace, 635 West 42nd Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues), New York, NY
Date: Thursday, April 12th, 6 - 9:30pm

For the second year, I will have works on display at this year's Friends Without a Border 10th Annual New York Gala, benefiting the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Riep, Cambodia.


Centered on the Center

Location: Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Show Dates: January 20 - February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 2012, 6-9pm
Art for Lunch: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 11:30 - 1:30pm

I’m happy to celebrate a new year with a group show! Also, join the HBAC staff for Art for Lunch in the galleries. Beverages and dessert will be provided. We hope you’ll bring your lunch, a couple of friends and view the exhibition with us.


Friends Without A Border 2nd Annual Los Angeles Gala

Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am elated to be making my Los Angeles debut, having been invited to show and participate in a live painting performance at this year's Friends Without a Border 2nd Annual LA Gala. We hope you will come support this special even to support the Angkor Hospital for Children.

View photos from Friends Without a Border 1st Annual LA Gala.


Marvelous Metaphors: Art as Visual Poetry

Location: Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association, 1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26th, 2011, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception:  Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun, 12 - 5pm and by appointment       
Open Studio:  Aug 29 - Sep 2, 12-7pm

I’ve been invited to join five other very talented Vietnamese American women artists to celebrate creativity, culture and community through our contemporary literary and fine artistry. We hope you will join us for this very special show.

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Bay Area Artists for Japan

Location: Mina Dresden Gallery, 312 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery Hours: Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, 2011  11am - 5 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28th, 2011,  5-8 pm

I am honored to have been invited to participate in this show with some truly remarkable artists, including Rupert Garcia and Ed Hardy among others. 

We hope you will join us in supporting the victims of the devastating tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan. Come support the arts, Japan and art for Japan ♥


Learn more about how you can support this relief effort


Friends Without A Border 9th Annual Gala

Benefiting the Angkor Hospital for Children
Location: Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2011 6 - 9:30pm

I'm thrilled to announce that my artwork will be making its New York debut at the Friends Without a Border 9th Annual Gala to support the Angkor Hospital for Children. It is a true blessing to be able to contribute to this very important cause.


Learn more about how you can support


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Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine

Publication date: October 2011

I am very happy to be having two of my works published, One Stone at a Time and With Childlike Faith, on the front and back covers for Red Wheelbarrows' National Edition, Volume 12. Red Wheelbarrow is a publication of De Anza College, the alma mater several of my family members. 

Red Wheelbarrow was born with the original name, Bottomfish, which referred to the overlooked writing that had (metaphorically) fallen to the bottom of the sea. The magazine was founded in 1976, just one year after my family arrived on American shores, after having been lost at sea. 

See the front and back covers 








For Life: Paintings by Trinh Mai

Location: a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA
Show Dates: February 2 - March 22, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 10th, 2011   6:30 - 8:30pm
Benefit for the Angkor Hospital for Children: Thursday, February 17th,  7 - 9:30pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, March 22, 2011  6:30 - 8:30pm

It is a great honor for me to contribute to the well being of these children through my artwork. This show is dedicated to the children of southeast Asia. 50% of the art sales made during the fundraiser will go directly to Friends Without A Border to support the Angkor Hospital for Children.

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