Lara Nguyen


2002-1998 Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, MFA
1998-1994 Columbus College of Art and Design, BFA (Magna Cum Laude)


2006- Lecturer, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
    Indiana University, Bloomington
2002-2006 Assistant Professor, Art Department
    California State University, Long Beach


2007 Wall Paper Weights, Two Person Exhibition, Cinema Gallery, Urbana (IL), January – February
2007 Bloomington Biennial: Faculty Artists from IU's Hope School of Fine Arts, Group Exhibition, Indiana Art Museum, Bloomington (IN), January – March
2006 Beyond the Likeness: Self-Portraits by California Artists, Group Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara (CA), August – October
2006 Collaborations, Group Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine (CA), June – July
2006 Drawing Conclusions: An Inquiry, Group Exhibition, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University Auburn (AL), May - August
2005 CSULB Faculty Biennial, Group Exhibition, University Art Museum,Long Beach(CA) November-December
2005 *Sibling Reveries, Solo Exhibition, East Central College, Union (MO)
2005 Direct Access: An Exhibition of Drawings, Group Exhibition, Todd Art Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro (TN) Februrary-March
2005 Transplant, Group Exhibition, Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach (CA) January- February
2005 CSULB Faculty Biennial, Group Exhibition, Max L. Gatov Galleries, Werby Gallery, Merlino Gallery and Gallery Five, Long Beach (CA) January-February
2004 GO, Group Exhibition, Max L. Gatov Galleries, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach (CA) December
2004 Incognito, Group Exhibition & Benefit, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (CA), November
2004 Perceptions of Our President, Group Exhibition, Koo’s Art Center, Long Beach (CA) September-October
2004 Local Motive, Group Exhibition, The Art Barn Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro (TN), September-October
2004 Jeju-Wind-Pacific: Symptom of the Dawning 2004, International Group Exhibition, Jeju Culture and Art Center in cooperation with the International Modern Art Association, Jeju Korea, August
2004 Vietnamese American Women Artist Exhibition, VAWAFest Group Exhibition, Vien Dong, Westminster (CA), July
2004 Playing Cards, Group Exhibition, Munhwa Gallery, Seoul Korea, May
2003 Provocations: 13th Annual Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Asian American Arts Centre, New York (NY), September-November
2003 Paraguayan-American Binational Exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Embassy of the United States of America & The Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano, Asuncion, Paraguay, September
2003 New Faculty Show, Group Exhibition, Gatov & Werby Galleries, Long Beach(CA) January-February
2002 CSULB Faculty Biennial, Group Exhibition, University Art Museum,Long Beach(CA) November-December
2002 *MFA Thesis Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale(IL), May
2002 Pulp -Works on Paper, Group Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia (PA),
West Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
2001 Mini-Print 7, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Group Exhibition Artspeak Gallery in cooperation with the Arts Council of Windsor (Canada)
Vergette Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale (IL)
2001 AD501, Graduate Group Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale (IL)
2001 *Recent Works, Solo Exhibition, Bistro 51 in cooperation with Carbondale Community Arts, Carbondale (IL)
2000 Taking Allyn, Site-Specific Installations, Group Exhibition, Allyn Building, SIUC (IL)
2000 Mini-Print 6, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Group Exhibition Vergette Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale (IL)
2000 222.7, Invitational Group Exhibition, University of Memphis, Memphis (TN)
2000 Scapes, Two Person Exhibition, Longbranch, Carbondale (IL)
2000 The Glove Factory, Group Exhibition, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia (PA)
2000-1999 Mini-Print 5, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Traveling International Group Exhibition Toyoura Historical Museum, Hotel Kangetsu Gallery, and the First Annual Creators Market, Niigata (Japan), 2000
Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia (PA), 1999-2000
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (Scotland), 1999
Vergette Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale (IL), 1999
1999 CCAD Alumni Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Capital University, Columbus (OH)
1998 Mini-Print 4, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Group Exhibition, Vergette Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale (IL)
1998 35 Technicolor Nightmares, Group Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale(IL)
1998 Emergence, Two Person Exhibition, J.H. Gallery, Columbus (OH)
1998 *Cloud Watching, BFA Thesis Exhibition, V-Hall Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus (OH)
1997 Artlink Member’s Show, Group Exhibition, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 *Landscapes, Solo Exhibition, Waldo’s on High, Columbus (OH)
1998-1994 CCAD Annual Student Exhibition, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus (OH)


Joint Women’s Studies and SIUC Women’s Professional Advancement Grant Recipient 1998-1999
Full Tuition Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship at SIUC from Fall 1998 to Spring 2002
The Lara Nguyen Fine Art Scholarships are awarded annually since 1997 to selected 8th graders at St. Jude Elementary School in Fort Wayne, IN
Outstanding Senior Award Recipient in Fine Arts 1998
Catherine M. Tuttle Scholarship 1997
CCAD Fine Arts Scholarship 1996
CCAD Foundation Scholarship 1995
CCAD Portfolio Competition Scholarship 1994
CCAD President’s List eight semesters
National Dean’s List eight semesters


Asian American Arts Centre (NY), One O’clock
Columbus College of Art and Design Collection (OH), Cloud Watching II
St. John’s Mercy Hospital, Donated by Larry Melton, Washington (MO), Cho Ba
Andrew Applegate Collection (private), Fort Wayne (IN), Florence Sketch
Steve DeBottis Collection (private), Philadelphia (PA), Paper Airplane 1
Tom Faist Collection (private), Columbus (OH), Blue
Don Hedberg Collection (private), Lake Geneva (WI), #5. The sky is Blue., Blow Ball
Jed Jackson Collection (private), Memphis (TN), #4. The sky is Blue.
David Jewel Collection (private), Bowling Green (OH), Still
Jennifer Kauk Collection (private), Sacramento (CA), Paper Doll Study
James Le (private), Fullerton (CA), Swing (#1 Go Fish Series)
Kurt Leverson Collection (private), Tempe (AZ), Whisper
Stephanie McFeeters Collection (private), Columbus (OH), City
Janice & Jack Meyer Collection (private), Union (MO), Chi Em
Erin Palmer Collection (private), Carbondale (IL), #6. and #9. The sky is Blue.
Ed Shay & Casey Ginther Collection (private), Carbondale (IL), Orange Drops
Lynn Spitzer Collection (private), Philadelphia (PA), White, Red, Yellow
Karen Williams (private), Asuncion, Paraguay, Paper Doll
Phil Winklemann Collection (private), Columbus (OH), CWI,Cloud Study,Orange,Moon
Melinda Yeoma Collection (private), Carbondale (IL), #12. The sky is Blue.


2001 The Office of the Chancellor, Walter V. Wendler,
    Southern Illinois University of Carbondale
2000 Anne Ladowski, Fort Wayne (IN)
1998 Champs Americana Corp., Westerville (OH)
1998 Melinda Lewis, Columbus (OH)
1998 Westerville Community Church, Westerville (OH)
1998 Kathleen Zeigler, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 Mary Ellen Maffey, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 Mylien Kruse, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 Kathy Talarico, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne (IN)
1997 St. Jude Elementary, 1996-1997, Fort Wayne (IN)
1996 Katherine Ayres, Fort Wayne (IN)
1996 Ann McKnight, Fort Wayne (IN)
1996 Jan Arata, Fort Wayne (IN)