Mong - Lan

Mong - Lan

Houston, TX, United States

About Mong - Lan

While still in high school, I received scholarships for three years to attend the Glassell School of Art (the Museum of Fine Arts Houston ) from 1984-1988. Subsequently, my paintings and photographs have been exhibited for one year at the Capitol House in Washington D.C., for six months at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, in public exhibitions in Bali, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Seoul and Tokyo. In conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, I was the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts' inaugural Visual Artist and Poet in Residence during the month of February 2005.  An exhibition of my paintings and photographs, "The World of Mong-Lan," ran from January 30-August 28, 2005.  I also gave poetry readings, gallery talks and conducted workshops on art (drawing and painting) and writing / poetry at the Dallas Museum of Arts for the general public, at the Dallas Public Library, and creatively talented middle school and high school students in Dallas area arts magnet schools. I have taught at the Univ of Maryland in Tokyo, Univ of Arizona, Stanford Univ, and have been an invited writer-artist on numerous campuses. I now divide my time between Buenos Aires and the United States.


Stanford University, Stegner Fellow, Creative Writing, 2000-2002
University of Arizona, Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, 1998-2000.
University of the State of New York, Regents College, Bachelor of Art, 1996-1998.
Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art, 1984-1988, Endowed Scholarship
Schreiner College, Summer Art Scholarship, 1987.


Selected list
“Faculty Show,” Art Gallery, The Jung Center of Houston, June, 2015.
“Tango Imagination: Paintings on Canvas,” Verdi Club, San Francisco, May 2014.
“Paintings on Canvas and Paper,” Metronome, San Francisco, May 2013.
“Sin Lagrimas (Without Tears): Paintings on Canvas,” Solo show of works on canvas, Escuela Copello, Buenos Aires, February 2011.
“Dreamtime: Paintings on Canvas,” Solo exhibition at Ciudad Cultural Konex, July- August, Buenos Aires, 2010.
“Festival Tango Arte, Group Show,” Works on paper, paintings on ties, and photography, Espacio 10 Arte, Buenos Aires, 2008.
“Tango Tantrum: Paintings on Canvas & Photography,” Solo show, Porteño y Bailarín, Buenos Aires, 6 months during 2008-2009.
“The Passion of Tango: Works on Paper & Photography,” Solo Show, Teahouse, Houston, 2008.
“Photography by Mong-Lan,” Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia, 2006.
“The World of Mong-Lan,” Dallas Museum of Art, Exhibition of paintings and photography during 6 months, as part of role as the Inaugural Poet and Visual Artist in Residence, February 2005.
“Geisai #4,” Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan, December 2003.
“The Forbidden Room,” Architrave, Solo Show of paintings and photography, San Francisco, CA. January 1994.
“Artists in the 'Hood,” Gallery LaGreca, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, 1993
“Awakenings,” Artisans, Group Exhibition, Mill Valley, CA, 1993.
“Velocity,” San Francisco State University Gallery, Group Exhibition, CA, 1993.
“Rodeo,” Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Group Exhibition, Houston, TX (3-time winner of Best of Show Award), 1988.
Glassell School of Art, Group Exhibition, Houston, TX, 1988.

Congressional Art Award (National Art Competition); work exhibited in Congressional Building, Washington D.C. for one year, 1987-1988.

Books which include my artwork, paintings and drawings:
Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art, Valiant Press, 2008
Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos, (bilingual), Valiant Press, 2009
Force of the Heart: Tango, Art, Valiant Press, 2011
One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art, Valiant Press, 2014.
Dusk Aflame: poems & art, Valiant Press, 2018.