Audrey Chan is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator, and educator. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, public art, and video to challenge dominant historical narratives through allegories of power, place, and identity. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College. She was commissioned by LA Metro to create a large-scale public artwork for the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station, opening in 2022. She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the ACLU of Southern California.
More about Audrey’s drawing of Black youth from LA studying a book of astronomy, which is excerpted from her mural, “The Care We Create”
Audrey says: The drawing is my subtle homage to Kerry James Marshall’s “Knowledge and Wonder.”
Christine Nguyen was born and raised in California and divides her time between Aurora, Colorado and Long Beach. She is a lover of animals, plants, and nature. Exhibitions of her work have been shown nationally and internationally. Her works can be found in various collections such as the J.Paul Getty Museum Department of Photographs, Getty Research Institute, Armand Hammer Museum, Grunwald Center for Graphic Art, Los Angeles World Airports Collection, Cedars- Sinai in Los Angeles, CA; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Hanoi, Vietnam; Long Beach Museum of Art, Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum in Long Beach, California; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; and Microsoft Collection.
Christine’s drawing is part of her ongoing series Cosmic Gardens, inspired by the nature and the cosmos reflecting on our environment and our connection with it.
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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 and prints on pink donut boxes explores the complexities of assimilation and cultural negotiation among Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees who have resettled in the United States. Huynh’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has 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. Phung Huynh is Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College where her focus is on serving disproportionately impacted students. She has served as Chair of the Public Art Commission for the city of South Pasadena and Chair of the Prison Arts Collective Advisory Council, which supports arts programming in California state prisons. She is currently on the Board of Directors for LA Más, a non-profit organization that serves BIPOC working class immigrant communities in Northeast Los Angeles.
Phung says this about her drawing of peony flowers: My grandmother took care of me when my parents worked. She loved peony flowers, and they always remind me of her and our close relationship.
Born in Oceanside, CA, Ruben Ochoa’s interdisciplinary practice spans three decades of engaging space as both a concept and a material. Ochoa’s works exposes the ideological and broader sociopolitical and economic relationships that facilitate the way spaces we inhabit and move through are assembled. In 2019, GSA Art in Architecture commissioned, Mis Marcadores, Ochoa’s first large scale permanent public installation at the US/Mexican Border, San Ysidro, California. In 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, Ochoa collaborated with LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives to produce an AR lens, ¡Vendedores, Presente!, in partnership with All City Inclusion and Community Power Collective, non-profit organizations to support LA street vendors.
Solo exhibitions include: Sampled y Surveyed, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Watching, Waiting, Commiserating, MCASD, San Diego, CA (2016); MATRIX 169: Cloudless Day, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2014); Cores and Cutouts, Locust Projects, Miami, FL (2011); Building on the Fringes of Tomorrow, MCASD, CA (2010); and Crooked Under the Weight, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2009). Notable group exhibitions include: Church for Sale, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2021), Down These Mean Streets, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2017)); X-Change, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX (2013); The Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition, 54th Venice Biennale Collateral Event, Venice, Italy (2011); Phantom Sightings, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2008); and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY.
Additional public art projects are Fwy Wall Extraction (2006-2007) eastbound on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles; and CLASS: C mobile artist space (2001-2005) housed in the back of his family’s tortilla delivery Chevy van. Ochoa’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Perez Art Museum, Hammer Museum, LACMA, MCA San Diego; MOCA, Los Angeles; Phoenix Art Museum; Smithsonian Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Ochoa is a full time Angeleno who is represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles. He enjoys teaching as a Roski Associate Professor of Practice in Art at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.
Image credit: Self-portrait photo by Pete Galindo
Lu Lu is an award-winning graphic designer from the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Department. She received a BA in Visual Arts from Brigham Young University- Provo, Utah with a focus in graphic design. She specializes in branding, publication, web design, illustration as well as animation. In 2015, she was the recipient of the prestigious design award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for outstanding work in magazines and digital media. As a designer, Lu Lu likes to focus on creating things that are pretty and meaningful. She enjoys seeing her work in the public, such as people wearing the iconic I VOTED sticker and the Ballot Drop Boxes around the cities of LA County. She’s also in a National Financial Literacy Campaign which has a mission to educate 30 million people by 2030. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching financial literacy workshops and helping people understand how money works, as well as spending time with her family, including her 2 dogs, trying new food, and traveling around the world.
Deborah Aschheim makes installations, sculptures, drawings, digital and social media projects and temporary interventions into public space, as well as drawings for families to help them remember and heal from the loss of loved ones. Aschhheim’s projects, often exploring memory and place, are based on historical research and community engagement. She has been artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk; Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Santa Monica Fire Department and UC San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center. Aschheim’s solo exhibitions include the Richard Nixon Presidential Library; the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; Otis College of Art and Design and Laguna Art Museum. She has created public artworks across California. Aschheim has received grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the California Community Foundation, the Cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Glendale. She lives in Pasadena.
Deborah’s drawing of a panther mother and cub is inspired by the symbol of the Black Panther Party, formed in Oakland, CA to protect and support the Black community.
Photo by Monica Almeida, courtesy of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture