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Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7700
HOMESTEAD, FL: Everglades National Park is pleased to invite the community to visit the December Artist in Residence at Everglades, Trong Gia Nguyen, at the Anhinga Trail within Royal Palm, on Saturday, December 29th. Trong will be on site from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm to demonstrate his artwork in action and talk to passing visitors. Trong will be doing some fun plein-air painting and explaining his work at Everglades to all who are interested.
Trong Gia Nguyen is a Vietnamese-born artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Since earning an MFA from the University of South Florida (1998), he has exhibited internationally in numerous exhibitions, including recent solo shows in New York, Berlin, and Ho Chi Minh City. Trong has received residencies and grants from the Museum of Art + Design, LegalArt, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harvestworks Digital Media Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Puffin Foundation. He currently serves on several advisory boards, including Florence Artist in Residency (FLOW), Elizabeth Foundation, and Fashion in Film Festival. Trong is also a prolific curator, having organized over 25 exhibitions and contributing texts and interviews to Art:21, New York Arts Magazine, and Flavorpill.
Trong Gia was selected as an Artist in Residence at Everglades National Park. The artist in residence program (AIRIE) is competitive and offers artists the opportunity to live and work in the park's unique environment for a period of up to one month. A prominent panel of professional artists, curators, or educators, along with park personnel, review applications submitted from around the country annually. Selections are made on the basis of merit and how a candidate's work can advance the mission of Everglades National Park and the National Park Service as well as enhance the growth of the artist's work.
The works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park. It is hoped that these works will characterize the Everglades for present and future generations, giving park visitors and the general public an opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes, and ears of the contributing artists.
Royal Palm can be accessed from the Homestead entrance to the park. Once you enter the park, the visitor center is on your right. Continuing past the visitor center, travel through the park entrance station and turn left 2 miles west toward Royal Palm. Follow the road to the end and you will see parking facilities and signs for the Anhinga Trail. For more information about this program and other programs please call 305-242-7700.