2014 finalists / Quynh Vantu

  • Quynh Vantu / Ease Labyrinth, 2011, fabric, steel cable, dimensions variable

  • Quynh Vantu / Courtesy Hallway Doors, 2012, 9 hollow core doors, double acting spring hinges, plexiglass, wood, 4 x 8 x 32ft

  • Quynh Vantu / Humility in White, 2013, wood, dimensions variable

  • Quynh Vantu / Inflated, 2008, fabric, latex weather balloon, 8 x 13ft diameter spheres

  • Quynh Vantu / Sitting Place in the Ground, 2011, wood, mirror, 60 x 150 x 500cm

Trained and licensed as an architect, Vantu (b.1978 USA) explores our physical relationship to the built environment and how we interact with our spatial surroundings. Drawing from her upbringing in the American South, Vantu’s work stems from influences of porch culture and “southern hospitality”, enacting social virtues and exchanges in the architectural interventions she creates. She torques transitional spaces – hallways, thresholds, stairways – into condensed social exchanges, compressed physical negotiations or as a transformative lens to re-evaluate our routine environment.

Quynh has won numerous awards and grants including: a Worldstudio AIGA Grant, a Stewardson Kefee LeBrun Travel Grant-AIA NY to travel in Switzerland and research at the ETH-Zürich Switzerland, an Artist Residency at the Villa Sträuli in Winterthur, Switzerland, an Artist Residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska USA, a DAAD Scholarship to attend Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin, Germany, an Artist Residency at the Gyeonggi Creation Center in South Korea, an Artist Residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the USA, and a US-UK Fulbright Fellowship.

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012–13 | J.William Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar, Master  of Arts Contemporary Arts Practice (Distinction), Coventry  School  of Art and  Design, Coventry,  United Kingdom~
2012 | Participant,Skowhegan School of Painting and  Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine USA
2010-2011 | DAAD Scholar, Institut für Raumexperimente (w.Olafur Eliasson)-Universität der Künste  Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2010 | Visiting Scholar, ETH-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zürich, Zürich Switzerland
2007-2009 | Master of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA
2006 | Post Bac Certificate (Summer Sculpture Residency), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia USA
1996-2001 | Bachelor of Architecture (cum laude), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and  State  University, Blacksburg, Virginia USA

Exhibitions

2013 | DordtYart Werft, Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
2013 | Designed to Win , Kendall  College of Art and  Design Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan  USA Another Metric, Billytown, The Hague, The Netherlands
2013 | Borders, Staycation Museum, Berlin, Germany
2012 | The Enchanted Loom: Artists, Writers and  the Brain, Asian American Womens Artists Association, San Francisco, California USA
2012 | Placemakers, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska USA
2011 | Ease Labyrinth, Grey Sheep, Berlin, Germany
2011 | Mapping Everything  : Rundgang 11, ETH-Zürich + Universität  der Künste  Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2011 | Life is Space, Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, Germany
2010 | Art in the Garden, Copper Colored Mountain Arts Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan  USA Past  Present Future, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland
2009 | Eclipse, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA
2009 | Loose  Cannon, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA
2008-2009 | Diamler Chrysler  New Art Exhibition, Diamler Chrysler, Farmington Hills, Michigan  USA
2008 | Cranbrook at Cave, Cave  Detroit Gallery, Russel Industrial  Center, Detroit, Michigan  USA Small Is Beautiful, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA
2008 | {Re}Form, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA Vibrio, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA Hairpool, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan    
2007 | Re-Inventing the Brick, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA
2006 | Voppi Soppi  Yoppu, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia USA
2001 | Thesis  Exhibition, Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Blacksburg, Virginia USA Inbetween, Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Blacksburg, Virginia USA

Awards, Grants & Residencies

2013 | Artist-in-Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina  USA Artist-in-Residence, DordtYart, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
2013 | Visiting Artist, Billytown, The Hague, The Netherlands
2012-2013 | J. William Fulbright Fellowship,  United Kingdom, Institute of International Education, Washington, DC USA + London  UK
2012 | Fellowship  Award, Skowhegan School  of Painting  and  Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine USA Artist-in-Residence, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Dabudo, South Korea
2012 | Visiting Artist, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska USA
2010-2011 | DAAD Scholarship, DAAD(Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), Bonn, Germany
2010 | Artist-in-Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska USA Artist-in-Residence, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland
2009-2010 | Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, Center for Architecture Foundation, AIA New York
2008-2009 | Martha Stewart Omnimedia Award, Worldstudio AIGA Award, New York, New York USA George Zonars Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2008 | Harry Ormstrom Architecture Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2007-2008 | Diamler Chrysler Scholar, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2007-2008 | Helen DeRoy Merit Scholarship | Cranbrook Academy of Art
2006 | Studio Assistantship, Penland School of Crafts
2001 | Faculty Award for Professional Promise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and  State  University, School  of Architecture
1998 | Commonwealth Award Scholarship, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State  University

Teaching, Symposia & Talks

2008-2009 | Department of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  USA Primary Teaching Assistant
2006 | Book and  Paper Arts, Penland School  of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina, USA Studio Assistant

Lectures            

Villa Sträuli, Winterthur Switzerland, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska USA, Samuso, Seoul,  South Korea, Black Sheep Lecture Series, Artsonje Center, Seoul,  South Korea, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Daebudo, South Korea, Kookmin University, Seoul,  South Korea
Guest Critic, University Detroit Mercy, University of Westminster