Thu Nguyen Art Gallery

Joined Artfinder: Jan. 2014

Artworks for sale: 62

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United States

About Thu Nguyen Art Gallery

 
 
  • Biography

          I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refuge camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.
          During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art. While in college I had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side (I got a part in Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang's 'Touch Within' in China).
          After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles,  later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

     Professional qualifications:
     BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach .
     Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
     Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
     My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico . 
     Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) 2016 portrait competition exhibition (March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017). It will then travel to four host museums across the country from February 2017 through August 2018.
     
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  • Education

    1990 - 1993

    Cal State Long Beach

  • Awards

    1996

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation

    I received grants from Pollock-Krasner foundation two times, the first time in 1996 and the second time in 1998

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    1996

    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

    I received grants from this foundation 3 times:
    the first time in 1996, the second time in 1998 and the last time in 2000
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: solo show

    Dates: April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017

    Venue: Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi, Big Island of Hawaii

    my exhibition at Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi , Hawaii
    the show will be here until April 30th, if you have not seen it, come by before they are gone !
    #artshow
    #artexhibition
    #contemporaryart
    #hawaiiart
    #hawaiiartist
    #thunguyen

    Event: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition

    Dates: March 12, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

    Venue: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 750 Ninth Street NW Suite 410, Washington DC, United States

    my painting is included in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017.

    Tacoma Art Museum, WA

    February 4, 2017 to early May 14, 2017



    Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

    June 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017



    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

    October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018

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Education

1990 - 1993

Cal State Long Beach


Awards

1996

Pollock-Krasner Foundation

I received grants from Pollock-Krasner foundation two times, the first time in 1996 and the second time in 1998

Show more awardsHide

1996

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

I received grants from this foundation 3 times:
the first time in 1996, the second time in 1998 and the last time in 2000

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: solo show

Dates: April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Venue: Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi, Big Island of Hawaii

my exhibition at Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi , Hawaii
the show will be here until April 30th, if you have not seen it, come by before they are gone !
#artshow
#artexhibition
#contemporaryart
#hawaiiart
#hawaiiartist
#thunguyen

Event: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition

Dates: March 12, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

Venue: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 750 Ninth Street NW Suite 410, Washington DC, United States

my painting is included in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017.

Tacoma Art Museum, WA

February 4, 2017 to early May 14, 2017



Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

June 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017



Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018


 

Biography


      I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refuge camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.
      During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art. While in college I had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side (I got a part in Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang's 'Touch Within' in China).
      After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles,  later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

 Professional qualifications:
 BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach .
 Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
 Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
 My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico . 
 Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) 2016 portrait competition exhibition (March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017). It will then travel to four host museums across the country from February 2017 through August 2018.
 
 
 
 
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