Artist's Lecture: Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton
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Artist's Lecture: Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton

11/10/2018, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton will also present an artist’s lecture in the gallery on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with the exhibition "The Death of Fear," which is on display through December 14.

Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton is an associate professor of painting at Middle Tennessee State University. A native of Laos who came to the United States with her parents as a small child, she earned her BFA from the University of Kansas and her MFA from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. Her current body of work is inspired by the mission statement of the non-profit organization, Legacies of War: "is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs.” As a refugee/immigrant, she views the process of connecting and disconnecting with a place or community as abstracted ideas of migration. Her collage and painting process is unpredictable, and is an ongoing dialogue about assimilating and relocating into another culture and space. Teetering between realism and abstraction, often achieving kaleidoscopic effects, she employs multiple viewpoints, rhythmic fragmentation, and strong color contrast to fuse both contemporary and historical landscape elements into one. She continues to give back to the refugee community by partnering with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts through its Educator for Community Engagement program, the Oasis Center, and the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee.

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