Discipline(s): Visual Arts – Urushi paintings and sculptures
Bio: Nhat received her BFA from the University of Fine Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She creates abstract urushi paintings and sculptures whose organic and geometric shapes, rich surface patterns, and unusual textures reflect contemporary trends. Urushi, the Japanese term for lacquer, is made from the sap of an Asian tree that is clarified to transparency and mixed with pigments to yield a variety of colors.
Nhat’s artworks have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., as well as in the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.
Philosophy: Being a Teaching Artist allows me to fulfill my desire to share the love for Arts and to have the opportunity to work with all people by involving or inspiring them in creative activities. I especially love working with children and teaching them to tap their imagination whatever their situation might be. The joy of fashioning something beautiful with one’s hands creates powerful healing bonds.