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I was drawn to the Arts since a very young age. Ten years of academic training in drawing and a belief in Buddhism later established my foundation. My life has been able to enfold and develop in the direction of my dream: devotion to Art.

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Nhat Tran is known for her abstract urushi paintings and sculptures whose organic and geometric shapes, rich surface patterns, and unusual textures reflect contemporary trends.

Urushi, the Japanese term for lacquer, is made from the sap of an Asian tree that is clarified to transparency and mixed with pigments to yield a variety of colors.

Her artworks have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and Hubei Museum of Art in China as well as of the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Her most ambitious work has been a public commission received from the Indianapolis Airport Authority: On the Tip of Our Wings,a very large urushi lacquer mural which took her three years, from 2006 to 2008, to complete.

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2018      Award winner, best of show Art Santa Fe Selects, Art Santa Fe 2018, for artwork Wapiti Aura

2018      Recipient of a DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award

2015       Awardee, 2015-2016 Round of High Art Billboard Project (Arts Council of Indianapolis and Clear Channel Outdoor)

2015      Grant from the Asian Cultural Council in support of the fall trip to Kyoto

2015      Guest Researcher position, Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan

2012      TOSCA’s Indiana Artist of the Year

2010      Scholarship as Guest Researcher, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.

2009      Recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Indianapolis Arts Council.

2006      Recognition by the City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis and of Marion County, Indiana.

2001      Prize winner, “Indiana Now,” Biennial Juried Exhibition, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

1999      Recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Indianapolis Arts Council.

Public Commissions

•  2010       Finalist in the competition for public art commissions at the New Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

•  2006–08 The Indianapolis Airport Authority: commissioning of a large urushi lacquer mural, On the Tip of Our Wings, completed in September 2008 and inaugurated in October 2008, for the New Indianapolis Airport (Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal, Security Area leading to Concourse B).

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