Sisavanh Phouthavong

Bio

Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton was born in Vientiane Laos in 1976 and at the age of four her family emigrated from Nong Khai refugee camp in Thailand to Winfield, KS. She earned a B.F.A (Painting) from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. (Painting/Drawing) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL. She is currently an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, where she teaches advanced level painting courses. In 2014, she won an MTSU Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Phouthavong-Houghton's source material for research is autobiographical and stems from her personal experience and an observer of the everyday culture. She is a multimedia artist using classical and contemporary techniques and materials. Her work has been seen in national and international solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions throughout the U.S., Surinam, Belgium, France, Canada, and New Zealand. Most recently, Arts at the Embassy has selected her collaborative artwork with Jarrod Houghton for a permanent collection at Paramaribo, Surinam. Her painting has hung on Gwyneth Paltrow's loft and been featured on Goop.com. She has been published in Studio Visit magazine and has been recognized as a New Superstar of Southern Art by Oxford American. Her research has been funded several times by the Tennessee Arts Commission and MTSU grants. She has partnered with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts' Educator for Community Engagement; the Oasis Center; and CRIT, the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee.

Artist Statement

The paintings and collages capture and embrace architecture and built environment in its state of flux. Teetering between realism and abstraction, I fold space and time to connect with the fleeting world. With ever increasing levels of chaos and complexities of human existence, I find myself drawn more than ever to the space in-between. My passion for photographic documentation and travel inspire me to recreate these moments through the utilization of collage. I want the viewer to experience the longing for a place and conjure moments of ambiguity. This is an elevated visual journal that focuses on my perception and reflection of the landscape. To achieve a kaleidoscopic effect, I employ multiple viewpoints, rhythmic fragmentation, and strong color contrast to fuse both the contemporary and historical landscape elements into one. Photography is a means to remember, reconstruct, and contemplate my past and present experiences of the place. I am putting together a story that weaves visual imagery, sensory experiences, and also personal memories to recreate a moment in flux.

Education        

2000-2003 M.F.A Painting, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale,  Carbondale, IL

1995-1999 B.F.A Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2008 Winter Workshop with Sherrie McGraw, LAAFA Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, CA

2008 Summer Workshop with Ephraim Rubenstein, The Art Student League of New York, NY

2007 Summer Workshop with David Leffel, The Art Student League of New York, NY                                       

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Legacies of War, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville, TN
Defied Structures, University World College Library, Phuket, Thailand
2011 Back to Back, Collaborative Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN
2010 The Spring Collection #2: Collaboration Exhibition with Jarrod Houghton, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
The Spring Collection, Collaboration Exhibition with Jarrod Houghton, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
2007 Things That Suck, Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
2004  Displacement, Union Groove Gallery, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
2003 The Working Body, MFA Thesis Show, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL
2002 Smell of Art Through Culture, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL
Dri-Bottoms, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL

Juried / Museum Exhibitions

2018 The Power of Color, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
Flying Solo Exhibit, Arts in the Airport, BNA, Nashville, TN
2017 Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Juror: Gerry Bergstein, Huntsville, AL
2016 Poetic Logic, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Juror: Shawn Watrous, Won Purchased Award, Sewickley, PA
Intersectionalities: Defining the Lao American Narrative in Visual Arts, Centro Cultural De La Raza, Juror: Sayon
Syprasoeuth San Diego,CA
2011 20"x20"x20", Juried Group Exhibition, LSU Union Art Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
More is More, Group Show, The Xerox Culture LAL @ Loudoun House, Juror: Melissa Vandenberg, Lexington, KY
A Sense of Place, Group Show, Main Gallery, Juror: Tom Hammond, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
Mountain Vision, Group Show, Reece Museum, Juror: Greg Shelnutt, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts East Tennessee
State University, Johnson City, TN
2010 Fahrenheit 180, Group Exhibition, Ann Street Gallery, Curated by Virginia, Walsh, Newburgh, NY
2009 Texas National 2009, Juror: Mel Chin, The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
2006 8th International Collage Exhibition & Exchange, Juror: Dale Copeland, Traveling Exhibition: Hill Country Arts Foundation
in Ingram, TX, Turchin Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Real Tart Gallery at New Plymouth, New
Zealand
20"x20"x20", Juried Group Exhibition, LSU Union Art Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2005 The 7th Bakers Dozen International Collage Exchange, Juror: Dale Copeland,
Traveling Exhibition: Durango, Colorado; Museo de Collage, Mexico; New Plymouth Gallery, New Zealand
Soft Boundaries, Biggin Gallery, Juror: Liz Martin, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Diversity, Juried Group Exhibition, Giles Gallery, Juror: Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Eastern Kentucky University,
Richmond, KY
2004 7th International Open Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Juror: Claudia DeMonte, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Lao Writer's Summit: Lao'd and Clear, Highland College, Seattle, WA
Spring Collection, Nelson Mullins Law Firm, Nashville, TN
2016 Tools of the Trade, Faculty Group Show, Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
Permanent Collection Exhibition, American Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname
It Takes A Village: Rebirth and Transformation, ART Exchange, Long Beach, CA
18th International Collage Exhibition & Exchange, Traveling Exhibition: The Verbeke Foundation in Belgium, Percy
Thomson Gallery, Startford, New Zealand,
Boro Art Crawl: The Block, Murfreesboro, TN
2015 Paradise, postcard show, Ugly Art Room, Corvallis, Oregon
Exquisite Corpse, Community Engagement Group Invitational Show, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2014  Intersections, Group Invitational, Space 204 Gallery, Vanderbilt University, TN, Group Invitational Show
2013 Print Lust, Group/Fundraiser Show, Leg UP Studio, Minneapolis, MN
Quarterly Art Show, Three Person, Beth Haley Design (BHD), Nashville, TN
Student Art Alliance Show, Group Benefit Show, The Greenway, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2012 Refueling, Collaborative Exhibition with Jarrod Houghton, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
National Association of Art Dealers NAAD, Nashville Airport, Nashville, TN
2011 Converging Vision, Faculty Group Show, Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
80/Square, Fundraising Group Exhibition, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville, TN
2009 Winter Walls, Group Exhibition, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
Identity, Two-Person Exhibition, St. Claude Gallery, University of New Orleans, LA
Mixed Emotions, Three Person Show, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
Reflected Ambivalence, Two-Person Exhibition, Salon Gallery, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
2008 Observation / Interaction, Two Person Exhibition, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN
2007 Ideal, Two-Person Exhibition, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN
Rat Race, Two Person Exhibition, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Four Person Exhibition, Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center, Nashville, TN
E-Volution 2, Group Exhibition, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN
Undercurrent, Vanderbilt University Law School, Curator: Lain York, Nashville, TN
Group 62901, Group Exhibition, Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska
2006 Evolution, Group Exhibition, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville TN
MTSU Faculty, Group Exhibition, Chumley/Orr Gallery Contemporary American Art, Cleveland, TN
2005 Night of 1000 Drawings, Group Exhibition, Artists Space Gallery, NewYork, NY
Works on Paper, Group Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
Eponymous, Group Show, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2004 Go, Group Invitational Exhibition, Gatov East Gallery, California State University of Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA
7th Visual AIDS Postcards from the Edge, Benefit Show, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY
Local-Motive, Group Invitational Exhibition, The Barn Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
2003 6th Visual AIDS Postcards from the Edge, Benefit Show, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
Mini-Print 8, Group Exhibition, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL
From the Margin, Group Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
The "I" Show, Group Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL
MFA Senior Graduate Show, Group Exhibition, University Museum, SIUC, Carbondale, IL

COLLECTION

2017 Pinnacle Bank, Nashville, TN
2016 American Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname
2016 Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA
2016 The Verbeke Foundation, Belgium
2010 Susan Tinney, Nashville, TN
2010 Juel Salon, Franklin, TN
2010 Cleophus Thomas, Alabama (The Cleo and Carla Thomas Collection)
2009 Gary Haber, Nashville, TN
2008 Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
2006 Turchin Center for the Visual Art, New Zealand
2005 Museo de Collage, Mexico
2005 The Learning Connexion, New Zealand

PUBLISHED ITEMS (TV, Radio, Print, On-line)

2017 NAA Magazine, June-Sept, International Magazine, Print, Phuket, Thailand
MTSU on the Record, 30 minute Public Affair Interview, WMOT-FM, by Gina Logue
College of Liberal Arts Magazine interview print, by Darby Campbell
Create Magazine: Issue III, Spring 2017, Juried by Bridgette Mayer (Print), Page 168,
https://create-magazine.com/blog/2017/2/7/issue-iii-selected-artists
Wall Street International (WSI) online review on Legacies of War show at Tinney Contemporary Gallery, April 4, 2017
http://wsimag.com/art/24789-the-legacy-of-the-secret-war-in-l
The Tennessean, Print, Review by Melinda Baker, "Tinney Contemporary Exhibiton delves into ‘Legacies of War,
March 12, 2017, http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/arts/2017/03/12/tinney-contemporary-exhibition-delves-into
-legacies-war/98867506/
Voices of America, Online Interview by Kingsavanh Pathammavong on Legacies of War Show, March 16, 2017
http://lao.voanews.com/a/voa-interview-ms-sisavanh-phouthavong-houghton
Legacies of War (on-line)Lao-American Artist Sisavanh Houghton: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Legacies-of-
War---A-Message-From-The-Lao-American-Artist-Sisavanh-Houghton.html?soid= 1101814490173&aid=YjqWfUeBdas
Asians Doing Everything: Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton, by Bryan Thao Worra, thaworra.blogspot.com (on-line)
https://thaoworra.blogspot.com/2017/02/lao-artist-spotlight-sisavanh.html
2012 Oxford America: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing, 100 under 100 The New Superstars of Southern Art
http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/feb/29/100-under-100/#sisavanh February 29, 2012 On-Line Magazine
2012 Pierce and Company, a Design Firm in Nashville, is currently displaying in their show room and has taken shots of the
Bronze Dress Sculpture Titled "Insectophobia #6"; They have used it for some Interior Design show on HGTV.
2012 Winging It, Posted by Danielle, Write-up about the Hummingbird Painting, "Cacophony"
http://blogtinneycontemporary.com/
2011 Printed catalog for the show More is More by Shane Aday, 80 pages, ISBN # 9781105198632, Publisher: Lexington Art
League, Full Color, Paper Bound
2011-2010 Name is in the international Art in America 2010/2011 Guide to Galleries and Museums and Artist, page 264,
represented by Tinney Contemporary Gallery #3804
2010 Artwork in a video for singer Sara Evans "A Little Bit Stronger"
2010 Michelle Jones, Show Write-up, The Tennessean, "Spring Collection more lion than lamb", June 6, 2010 Arts &
Entertainment
2010 Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop Website, "Race to Renovate", http://goop.com/newsletter/85/
2010 Nashville Arts Magazine, Full Color Ad for the Show at Tinney Contemporary Gallery, June 2010 Issue.
2010 Website Name: Auburn Family, Auburn Social Network, Date: October 15, 2010
Website: http://family.auburn.edu/video/2010-spring-collection-of?xg_source=activity Video: Jarrod Houghton is
being interviewed by Betsy Ann Rogers during our Spring Collection #2 at Biggin Gallery, Auburn Unverisity, AL
2010 Barb Bondy, Auburn Villager, "Spring Collection" Opens at Biggin Gallery (has a write-up about the show, artist
statement and our biography), October 7, 2010, Auburn Community
2008 Studio Visit Magazine, Volume One, The Open Studios Press, April 2008, juried by Michael Lash, former director of
Public Arts for the Cityof Chicago, A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists
2007  David Maddox, Nashville Scene, "Culture Clash", Art Review, May 17th
2005 New Zealand National Radio on the Wayne Mouat Current Affairs Program, International, The 7th Bakers Dozen
International Collage Exchange, Traveling Exhibition
New Zealand "Front Seat" TVNZ Station and on "Living Room" Arts Television Program Show TV3 Station, International,
The 7th Bakers Dozen International Collage Exchange, Traveling Exhibition
2004 Local Motive, Review, Published in Bell Buckle Echo Newspaper, Bell Buckle
Publication, Vol. 13/Issue 9
Chicago Public Radio's "Eight Forty-Eight", 7th International Open Exhibition
2003 Jerry Bradley, The Southern Illinoisan Flipside, "Two Artists, One Show", June 12th, News Feature
Gary Gangi, Daily Egyptian, Pulse, "Masters Duo", June 12th, News Feature

ACADEMIC AWARDS/ GRANTS

May 2017 T N Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2D, $5000
Spring 2017  Non-Instructional Development Grant (Spring Sabbatical), MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
February 2016 Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
May 2012 Summer Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
March 2011 Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
February 2011 Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
August 2010 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
October 2009 Faculty Research and Creative Activity, MTSU, TN
August 2009 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
December 2008 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
December 2008 Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, TN
May 2008 Instructional Development Grant, MTSU, TN
July 2007 Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
May 2007 Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, TN
May 2006 Faculty Curriculum Development Grant, MTSU, TN
June 2004 Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Fall 2000-Spring 2003 Full Tuition Waiver, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL
Fall 1998-Spring 1999 Beatrice L. Bonine Scholarship,University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Fall 1998-Spring 1999 Hollander Family Foundation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Fall 1997-Spring 1998 University of Kansas Art Dept. Scholarship, Lawrence, KS