KaleidoLA Guest Artist Speaker Series: Phung Huynh

Friday, November 19, 2021 12:15pm to 1:15pm

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About the Speaker

Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice includes drawing, painting, public art, and community engagement. Her work explores cultural perception and representation. Huynh challenges beauty standards by constructing images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery to unpack how contemporary cosmetic surgery can whitewash cultural and racial identity. Her work of drawings on pink donut boxes explores the complexities of assimilation and cultural negotiation among Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees who have resettled in the United States.

She has had solo exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and the Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including spaces such as the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Huynh has also completed public art commissions for the Metro Orange Line, Metro Silver Line, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

A Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College, Huynh's focus is on serving disproportionately impacted students. She is Chair of the Public Art Commission for the city of South Pasadena and has served as Chair of the Community-Based Art/Prison Arts Collective Advisory Council, which advises a vital program that provides art courses and workshops to underserved communities and prisons. She completed undergraduate coursework at the University of Southern California, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with distinction from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

About KaleidoLA

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series. For the past nine years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. During 2021-2022, the Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with the Laband Art Gallery, will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 precautions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.

For more information about the Nov. 19 event, contact Saeri Dobson, Professor and Chair of Studio Arts, saeri.dobson@lmu.edu

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