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Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; Newsweek Asia; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others. Lê’s work has been featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Japan Foundation, Việt Nam; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; Shanghai Biennale, China; among other venues. He was a nominated finalist for the 2009 Sovereign Art Foundation Art Prize (Hong Kong). Lê has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (Việt Nam), William Joiner Center, Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), Fine Arts Work Center (USA), Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Art Matters Foundation, International Institute for Asian Studies (the Netherlands), and PEN Center USA.

Lê curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica, 2005) and Charlie Don’t Surf!(Centre A, Vancouver, BC, 2005); and co-curated humor us (Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA, 2008), transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco, 2008-09) and the 2012 Kuandu Biennale (Taipei). He has co-edited special issues of BOL Journal (Việt Nam and Us, 2008) and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy (Syracuse University Press, 2008). He is a reviews co-editor (with Laura Kina) of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). Lê is a board member of DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network; DVAN blog). 

Lê received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and was as a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Lê is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies Program, Visual & Critical Studies Graduate Program at California College of the Arts. His writing has been translated into Chinese, German, Khmer and Vietnamese.

Assistant Professor, Visual and Critical Studies
Assistant Professor, Visual Studies

BFA, California State University, Fullerton; MFA, University of California, Irvine; MA, PhD, University of Southern California