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40 Hues Between Black & White

Collaboration exhibition, with

Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)

Exhibition Dates: December 5 - 19, 2015

Opening Reception December 5, 6-10pm

Special Reception Dance Performances by: EMBARK Dance Theatre

Performance piece by Lara Nguyen, Grapefruit, will be performed from 5pm till 10pm

"Grapefruit" is part performance, poetry and installation. "Grapefruit" the concrete poem is painted on a white cloth (4'x4') and hangs on the wall behind the performance. "Grapefruit" the performance is me peeling grapefruit for the audience the way my mother does. What remains is the installation.



Quoctrung Nguyen, Behind the Stage. acrylic on silk


Featured Artists:

Lillian Abel, Rita Alves, Shula Arbel, Hung-Lynh Cao, Jennifer Cawley, Victoria Chapman, Annie Clavel, Dinh Cuong, Myriam Dao, Erik Deerly, MyLoan Dinh, Capucine Gros, Le Quang Ha, Coco Hall, Rachel Hayes, Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer, Thuy Kang, Nguyen Khai, Tiffany Le, Cathy Locke, Nguyen Ly, Vi Ly, Marsha Mack, Trinh Mai, Cao Ba Minh, Anne Murray, Lara Nguyen, Debbie Nguyen, Khang Nguyen, Long Nguyen, Sarah Nguyen, Quoctrung Nguyen, Quoc Chanh Nguyen, Hugo Nguyen, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Genevieve Erin O'Brien, Tuan Phan, Ann Phong, Nguyen Phuoc, Michael Pribich, Robin Repp, Brian Row, Rick Salafia, Nanci Schrieber-Smith, Kathy Sloane, Le Thanh Thu, Micke Tong, Howard Tran, Sanh Tran, Christine Tran, Lien Truong, Pauline Truong, Noriho Uriu, Jeffrey Vallance, Tran Trong Vu, Carolyn Yarnell


PDF of accepted work



Work needs to arrive no later than November 29th by 5pm

For hand delivery as we are dark after November 15:
we will be open Nov 15th from 12-5, Nov 19-20 and Nov 29 from 12-5

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Pickup Dec 20th. 12-5pm


Jennifer Cawley, For My Lai (detail with additional enlarged detail). pigment print wallpaper



About the exhibit:
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the exodus of over a million Vietnamese people to other countries for political, economic, and other reasons following the end of the Vietnam conflict. For some, the irrevocable changes that accompanied the conflict’s end resulted in the loss of a way of life. For others, it ushered in new beginnings. And for many, both were equally true.

This exhibition aims to present a survey of the thematic concerns of artists of Vietnamese heritage AND artists inspired by Vietnam over the past forty years. Themes such as change, displacement, identity, and memory are particularly relevant. By presenting many “hues” of artworks, we hope to express the multiplicity of generations of artists and viewpoints, and to counter black-or-white, good-or-bad judgment and politics. Works of art produced in any media since 1975 will be considered.


Genevieve Erin O'Brien, Snake Eats Itself in Saigon - USA. performance/ photography


Curated By: Dinh Q. Lê and Stephen Anderson

Dinh Q. Lê was born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam in 1968.  He received his BA in Art studio at UC Santa Barbara and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  In 1994, Lê returned to Vietnam and in 1997 Lê settled down in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Lê’s artistic practice consistently challenges how our memories are recalled with context in contemporary life. Whether he provokes the dominance of film and media in the creation of historical legacy; the confluence of cultural tradition and contemporary tragedy in his woven photographs; the re-placement of everyday urban objects into artistic wonders; or by documenting the un-chronicled stories of those who endured the first helicopter war - what all of these artistic investigations elucidate is a commitment to the artistic process as a means of excavating history, in the uncovering and revealing of alternate ideas of loss and redemption.

Lê’s work has exhibited worldwide. His recent solo exhibitions include, Destination for the New Millennium, The Art of Dinh Q. Lê at the Asia Society, New York, and Project 93: Dinh Q. Lê at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. He was also included in the Delays and Revolutions, Venice Biennale 2003; in dOCUMENTA (13) 2012; and the 2013 Carnegie International.  In July of 2015, the Mori Museum in Tokyo will host his mid-career survey Memory for The Future.  The exhibition will travel to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016.

Lê co-founded VNFA and San Art, the most active none profit gallery and residency program in Vietnam. He is the board member of Arts Network Asia Peer Panel, the Danish Embassy’s Cultural Development and Exchange Fund.  Lê was the 2010 Visual Art Laureate, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, and a 2014 Rockefeller’s Bellagio Fellow.

Dinh Q. Lê 
San Art - An independent artist space 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 


Micke Tong, Desires. Lightjet photo print on Kodak Pro Endura



Stephen Anderson was born and raised in Southern California

Stephens creativity sprouted early in his life as he made his own toys out of pipe-cleaners, Styrofoam balls, pant and a mix of fabric and found objects. A early mixed media beginning which has continued to this day, including installation, video, assemblage, sculptural collage and interactive artwork.

After receiving a BFA degree from California University Long Beach, and feeling, ‘now what to do with an art degree? He sought out local artist groups: First becoming a member and a past president of Southern California Artists (SCA), and later applied and was approved to join the artist run non-profit gallery the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). Which he visited during college as a class field trip, and the experience stuck in his mind as a ‘cool’ place to one day belong to. These organizations allowed him to network with fellow artists and become part of the art community. Leading to develop his artwork and to exhibit domestically and internationally.

Now as the executive director for OCCCA for the past 5 years, he has raised the quality, knowledge and prestige of the center, opening it up to community collaborations and events, along with art exhibitions and musical events including the annual ‘Santa Ana Noise Festival’ featuring experimental and noise genre performers, now in its 7th year. Stephen Co-founded The Eclectic Company, a group of artists and mucsicians who organized and presented diverse media events.

While art making and the art community is a large part of Stephens life, one has to pay the bills, and that is done (as with most artists) with a day job, of which he is currently the visual arts coordinator for the OC Fair and Events Center



Myriam Dao, Untitled I. digital photography



Seen for Syria

January 2-30, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday January 2, 6 - 10 PM

Curated by Soulaf Abas & Alyssa Arney

Press release


The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce Seen For Syria, a traveling exhibition featuring the works of Soulaf Abas and Muzaffar Salman as well as the children of the Seen For Syria art therapy program, on view from the 2nd of January through the 30th of January 2016. A public reception will be held on Saturday, the 2nd of January from 6:00 to 10:00 PM in addition to an artist Q&A with Abas in conjunction with the opening.

“I think art is important for everyone everywhere. We never realize, especially in the region, and for educational and cultural reasons, the incredible therapeutic component of creating anything. Even when one is not doing specifically art therapy, one is still healing when they are being creative, and this comes from my personal experience,” says Abas. Jointly their works address their experiences with their home- land and refugees by creating a visual memoir of their beloved country and by depicting the struggles of the Syrian community as well as their personal and internal passions, love, and sadness through photographs, paintings and sundry printmaking methods.

Seen For Syria was realized after Abas imagined it while on a bus ride from Washington DC to New York City in August of 2013. The entirety of Seen For Syria is comprised of three segments: a traveling art exhibition to raise awareness about the ongoing conflicts in Syria, an art education program that utilizes art therapy with Syrian children to express their traumas, and an art exchange between disadvantaged US children, who were able to escape rough neighborhoods, drugs or abusive homes, and displaced, disabled Syrian children. 50% of the art sales will go directly to the outreach programs. The exhibition amplifies the powerful voices of Abas and Salman by creating a unique use and interplay between their lives, work and meaning of their art. The exhibition is organized by Soulaf Abas and Alyssa Arney.


Damascus. 2012.etching. 21 inches by 27 inches


Soulaf Abas was born and raised in Damascus, Syria for 20+ years and lives in Terre Haute, IN. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2008 with a bachelors in Fine Arts and then her masters in 2013. She currently teaches in the art department at ISU. Seen For Syria has traveled to Jordan, Indiana, and Washington DC all in 2014.

Muzaffar Salman was born in Homs, Syria and currently lives in France. He began photography as a hobby and commenced college with an intent to study tourism. His education was interrupted to fulfill his mandatory 2 1/2 years of military service, but upon returning home he earned a diploma in Photography from the International Craft Center in Homs. He has been a freelance photographer for Thomson Reuters and the Associated Press and has exhibited his work in Rome, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunis, Algeria, and Turkey.

The art and letters exchanged by the US and Syrian children have been condensed into Me and You, organized by Abas and published by CreateSpace in 2014. The book will be available for purchase at the OCCCA with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the outreach programs.


Explosion, 2012. Oil on canvas.16 inches by 20 inches


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