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Bio

Biddy Tran was born in Rach Gia, Viet Nam, 1981. She left Rach Gia at three months of age and was imported to Santa Ana,  California that Fall. Currently she is based in Los Angeles. 

For the past decade, her work has  focused on questions of capitalist hegemony, postcoloniality, and hegemony within art, representation and imaging. 

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EDUCATION 

2009 MFA California Institute of the Arts (Art) 

2005 BA University of California, Los Angeles (Art) summa cum laude, Chancellor’s Marshall, Commencement Speaker

1999- 2002 California State University, Long Beach (Art, emphasis in Printmaking) 

    

EXHIBITIONS 

2014 Specters of the West, Bäckerstrausse 4 Platform for Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria 2012 Behold the Invisible, Gallery 621, Tallahassee FL (solo) 

2012 Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2011 Something you could wipe off, wash away, peel off, The Lighthouse, Oakland CA 

2011 Tompkins Projects West: Works on Paper, Dan Graham Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2009 Why Theory, Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles

2009 PRETERITION, California Institute of the Arts (solo) 

2008 Pass the Buck, California Institute of the Arts (solo)

2005 More or Less, University of California, Los Angeles (solo)

2005 Matching Luggage for Divorced Couples, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2004 Annual Juried Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Lauri Firstenberg, Founder and Director/Curator, LAXART, Los Angeles CA
2004 Free Stuff, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2004 I Love a Parade, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Annual Juried Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Christina Fernandez, Artist 

and Assistant Professor of Photography at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California 2003 Glitch, EDA, Los Angeles, CA 


CURATION 

2012 Curator, Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse featuring artists Anoka Faruqee, Nikhil Murthy and Karina Nimmerfall; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2010 Curator, The Road to Hell is Paved... with Dennis Adams, Andrea Bowers, Michelle Dizon, Charles Gaines, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Joaquin Segura, and Nate Young; Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA 

2010 Curator, Tumbleweeds and Other Histories with Steve Kado, Meghann McCrory, Ignacio Perez, Gala Porras-Kim, Ali Prosch and Ingrid Von Sydow; Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA 

    

PANELS / ARTIST TALKS 

2016 Artist Lecture, Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2014 Artist Talk, “Specters of the West,” Baeckerstrasse 4—Platform for Contemporary Arts, Vienna, 

Austria
2012 Panelist, “Uncanny Valley” with moderator Claudia Slanar and panelists Seth Lower, Nikhil Murthy 

and Chris Peters
2010 Moderator and Coordinator, "The Politics of Art," with panelists Michelle Dizon, Charles Gaines and 

Ashley Hunt, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA 

    

PUBLICATION / BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2015 “The Road to Hell is Paved...,” Time Runs Out, 2015, 194-195
2014 “Specters of the West,” Curatorial essay, Claudia Slanar
2012 “Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse” (exhibition catalogue)
2010 “The Road to Hell is Paved...,” Curatorial Essay, The Road to Hell is Paved... Catalogue, 2010, 9-14 2010 “Conversation with Michelle Dizon,” Interview, The Road to Hell is Paved... Catalogue, 2010,15-25 2010 “Regarding Our Pop Culture Problem, and Plato’s: Charles Gaiines and Biddy Tran,” Interview, 

edited by Adam Feldmeth, The Road to Hell is Paved... Catalogue, 2010, 63-69 2009 Why Theory Exhibition Catalogue, photograph of work, Los Angeles, CA, 2009, 66 

    

AWARDS & HONORS 

2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant 2011 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant 

2008 Joshua L. Meador Scholarship 

2008 CalArts Scholarship
2009 CalArts Scholarship
2005 School of Arts & Architecture Academic Achievement Award
2005 Chancellor’s Marshall
2005 School of Arts & Architecture Commencement Speaker
2005 Art Council Undergraduate Project Grant
2005 Graduated Summa Cum Laude
2004 Art Council Undergraduate Project Grant
2004 Annual Juried Exhibition curated by Lauri Firstenberg
2003 Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Project Grant Award 

2003 Annual Juried Exhibition curated by Christina Fernandez
2002 Long Beach Assistance League Scholarship 

    

TEACHING / WORKSHOPS 

2015-present Adjunct Faculty, Cerritos College,   Norwalk CA (Fundamentals of Drawing)

2014-2015 Adjunct Faculty, Cerritos College,   Norwalk CA (Adobe Photoshop/Digital Imaging)

2014 Adjunct Faculty, California State   University, Long Beach CA (Fundamentals of Drawing)

2011-2014 Adjunct Faculty, Cuesta College, San Luis   Obispo CA (Art Appreciation)

2009-2016 Visiting Artist Workshops, Santa Monica   High School, Los Angeles CA (Taught Color Theory, Observational Drawing,   Contemporary Issues in Art, Modernism, Portfolio Development &   College-Level Critiques)

2008-2009Teaching Assistant for Anoka Faruqee,   California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA (Post Foundation Seminar  Fall 2008, Eye Candy / Head Game:   Aesthetics & Semiotics Spring 2009)