Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen

Kamuela, HI, United States

About Thu Nguyen

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.

Education

I received my BFA in painting at California State University of Long Beach

Events

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

Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
January 31, 2018 to May 6, 2018

 Ackland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
June 1, 2018 to August 26, 2018
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My painting "Girl from Sapa" has been selected for inclusion in the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition hosted by the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. They received 574 entries, so it was a difficult task for juror Steven J. Levin to choose only 142 for the show....and my work is IN :)
The show will run from Friday, February 2, 2018 to Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
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My painting "Trade Wind Day " will be showing at:

 
Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2018, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii

This portrait exhibition opens Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Schaefer International Gallery is located at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, One Cameron Way,
in Kahului.
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My work currently being represented by :
Third Dimension Gallery at the shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii , Dreams of Paradise Gallery in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle Washington

Exhibitions

GRANTS:
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Canada
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, New York
 
EDUCATION:
B.F.A. in paintings, California State University, Long Beach, CA 1993
A. A. in paintings, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA 1990
member of " Oil Painters Of America "
EXHIBITIONS:

 2018
 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition - Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition ExhibitionArtis—Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition ExhibitionAckland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

2017
Solo show at Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi, Hawaii
Group show at Dreams of Paradise Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii
Imagine 2017, Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, Hilo, Hawaii. Juried group show
 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition - Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Washington DC
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition - Tacoma Art Museum, WA
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition - Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

2016
Dreams of Paradise Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii
Kohala Mountain Gallery, Hawi, Hawaii
Third Dimension Gallery at the shops at Mauna Lani, Big Island
Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017.
It will then travel to four host museums across the country from February 2017 through August 2018.

2015
"Big Island Artists ", Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo, Hawaii. Juried
Group show at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
Group show at Third Dimension Gallery at the shops at Mauna Lani, Big Island of Hawaii

2014
"Art Port Townsend - 16th Annual Expression Northwest" - Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA ( juried group show, juror: Greg Robinson - curator & director of Bainbridge Island Museum of  Art) Merit Award
"Essence" Portrait Society of America Washington Chapter at The Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle (group show curated by Sue Peterson)
Group show at Third Dimension Gallery at the shops at Mauna Lani, Big Island of Hawaii

2013

Oil Painters of America's Online Showcase Summer of 2013
"Structures from the permanent collection" -  Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington
"Small Treasures" - solo show at the Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Au Naturel 2013" - Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon. (Juried group show)
"Richeson 75 Small Works 2013" - Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Kimberly, Wisconsin (juried group show)
"The CVG Show" - Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
2012

"Four Seasons" a holiday group show at the Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
Schack-toberfest, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA (group show)
"UNCLAD 2012 - the fine art of the figure" - Gloyd Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood, Washington. ( Juried group show)
Oil Painter of America's Online  Showcase Spring 2012
"New Work" - Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA Solo Show  
The sixth venue for Women-to-Watch 2011 Exhibition is:  Butler Institute , Little Rock, AR
Oil Painter of America's Online Showcase Summer 2012

2011

Oil Painters of America's Online Showcase Fall 2011
Fountainhead Gallery Group Show, December 2011. The Gift of Art -- Music
 "18th Annual Juried Art Show" - Schack Art Center, Everett, WA sponsored by Arts Council of Snohomis County
 Oil Painters of America’s Online Showcase Summer 2011
Kent Summer Art Exhibit & Gala, Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA

"Arkansas Women-to-Watch 2011" - a traveling exhibition throughout the State of Arkansas
sponsored by National Museum of Women in the Arts - Arkansas Committee
The first venue for  Women-to-Watch 2011 Exhibition is:  The Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR
The second venue for Women-to-Watch 2011 Exhibition is :  Bentonville, AR
The Third venue for Women-to-Watch 2011 Exhibition is: The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR
The fourth venue  for Women-to-Watch 2011 Exhibition is:  Governor’s Mansion, Little R