Asia Foundation Announces the 2022 Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellows

San Francisco, May 10, 2022 — The Asia Foundation and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco are pleased to announce Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran and Do Nguyen Tuong Vi (Vicky Do) as the 2022 Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellows in Asian Art.

Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran is the curator and director of Post Vidai, a unique and significant collection of Vietnamese contemporary art based in Geneva and Saigon. She specializes in contemporary art and community engagement. She holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and has contributed to Art Review, Carnegie International, Asian Art Biennial, Istanbul Biennale, and the Hugo Boss Asia Award. Her practices focus on collaborative labor and aim to go beyond the aesthetic value of art, using visual language to interpret, question, and narrate layered perspectives of a topic. Arlette plans to build upon her existing management experience and grow her professional network in the United States, while expanding her artistic vision and discourse of Asian art.

Vicky Do is the assistant curator at San Art in Saigon. Her artistic practices include documentary filmmaking, still and moving images, texts, and installation. She graduated with honors from Texas Tech University and completed her master’s degree in Creative Media at the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of Floating Projects and Archive of the People Collective in Hong Kong SAR. Her works explore topics such as the Vietnamese diaspora in Hong Kong, urban development, and the micro-narratives of everyday life. Do plans to explore how art organizations act as catalysts for promoting humanitarian values and serve as agents of societal change.

The Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellowship, held every other year, supports two emerging contemporary art curators with a unique three-month residency opportunity at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, under the purview of Abby Chen, head of Contemporary Art and senior associate curator. Fellows will contribute their perspectives on current trends in the contemporary art world to a project that is part of the active and ongoing work of the Contemporary Art department. Fellows also receive a $10,000 award to develop a unique study tour to advance their research, deepen their perspectives, and grow their professional networks.

Established by Asia Foundation President Emeritus Ambassador Haydn Williams, the fellowship honors his wife, Margaret F. Williams whose interest in Asian art was influenced by their travels to the region. The program looks to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curatorial field by building the capacity of a younger generation of curators who bring diverse perspectives, especially those who have been marginalized by sexism, heterosexism, or racism and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.

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