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PHAAN HOWNG  

American Born Taiwanese, b. Providence, Rhode Island 1982
Currently residing and working in Baltimore, MD.


Using large-scale landscape paintings, sculptures, and installations, Phaan Howng cinematically stages the sublime and formidable beauty of a post-human earth in order to initiate dialogues about the current crises of world ecology and negative effects of the Anthropocene epoch. Her cinematic visions figure an “optimistic post-apocalypse” in works driven by her sympathy for nature and disappointment in humanity’s inability to cease, or even slow down its ecologically destructive habits as flora and fauna likewise slowly spiral their way towards extinction. In Howng’s most recent body of work, she imagines the idea of post-nature in unnatural, lurid colors that intensely combine with modern-day warfare tactics such as camouflage, creating environments that conceal themselves to confuse unwanted future colonizers and other damaging forces. 

EDUCATION
2015 MFA Multidisciplinary Art, Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
2004 BFA Painting, Minor Political Science, Boston University
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
2019 Climate Test, Fung Collaboratives and Redwood City Improvement Assoc. Art Kiosk, Redwood City, CA
You’re in Good Hands, Spring Break Art Show, New York, NY
2018 The Long Conversation, Arts and Industry Building, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
         Effigy, Elegy, Eulogy, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2017 Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2016 Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It, School 33, Baltimore, MD
 
SOLO PERFORMANCES
2018 The End of Days Spectacular Spectacular, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2017 Eternal Navigators of Doom Info-session and Fundraiser, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
         Procession No. 40017, WPA Gala, Washington DC
         Eulogies of the Present Past, School 33, Baltimore, MD
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 It’s a new everything, HUB-Robeson Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2018 Trawick, Bethesda Contemporary Art Award Finalist Exhibition, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
         Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition, Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore MD
2017 Altered Realities, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
         Natural Order, Cardinal Space, Baltimore, MD
         In My Room, Linden Gallery, Baltimore, MD
         Painting Not Painting, ‘sindikit, Baltimore, MD
         RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE, Re:Artshow , Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
         RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:, Re:Artshow , Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
         Emergency Contacts, Alt Esc No Vacancy II, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Strange Genitals, Art F City Booth, Satellite Art Show, Miami, FL
         RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:, Re:Artshow, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
         Strange Genitals, curated by Art F City, AICAD Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
         Landscape No. 1921, Fields Festival, Darlington, MD
         COLOR, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY          
         Devil May Care, Current Space, Baltimore MD        
         Loaning Sister Cities, Casino, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2015 Misfit Toys, Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore MD
         Faculty Show, Scott Center Gallery at Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD
         Rx//A100 Special Blends, La Bodega Gallery, Baltimore MD
         Lazy River, Artscape, Pearlstone Park, Baltimore, MD
         The Deep, MICA MFA Thesis Show, Kagro, Baltimore MD
         Instigate. Activate: No Place, No You or Me, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2014 Convergence, 808 Gallery, Boston, MD
         Maybe for Sure, Sheila Riggs Gallery, Baltimore, MD
         I Know What You Did Last Summer, T.Rowe Price Gallery, Baltimore MD
2013 33 Mount Royal Fall Show, Sheila Riggs Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2012 Rock, Pickle, Scissors, the Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Senior Thesis Show, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA



AWARDS/GRANTS/HONORS
2019 Finalist, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Baker Artist Award
2018 Finalist, Trawick, Bethesda Contemporary Art Award
         Semi-Finalist, Sondheim ArtscapePrize
2017 Recipient, Baltimore Museum of Art, Commons Collaboration
         Grantee, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Project Grant in Media Arts
         Beyond the Frame Bmore Art Studio Tour with Christopher Bedford and Mera Rubell
2016 Silver Medalist, COLOR, BWAC, Red Hook, New York, juried by Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator
         Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art
2015 Featured Artist,  Lotta Art, School 33, Baltimore, MD
        Semi-Finalist, The Trawick Prize, Bethesda, MD         
 
RESIDENCIES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
August 2016 The Contemporary Museum (inaugural) Artists Retreat, Pearlstone Center, MD
August 2015 Windy Mowing Painting Residency, Halifax, VT
April 2015 Becoming Aerosolar with Tomás Saraceno, Exploratory workshop with graduate students engaged in
    cross-disciplinary projects and conversations with scientists, engineers, and MICA faculty and students to
    explore themes such as gravity, flight, interstellar space and aerial photography/views
Summer 2012 Tyler School of Art Summer Intensive Painting Program, Philadelphia, PA
March 2005 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
 
PRINT
Front Cover Art, Hyrsteria Magazine, Issue No. 2, 2017
“Bold Palette,” Baltimore Magazine, October 2017
 
TALKS/LECTURES/PANELS
2018 Guest Lecturer, “Arts and Ecoliteracy,” Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
         Artist Talk, Effigy, Elegy, Eulogy, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
         Guest Presenter, Being with Others in More-than-Human Worlds, Johns Hopkins University, Department of  
         Anthropology Annual Graduate Student Conference
         Artist Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Foundations and Undergraduate Cohort
         Guest Panelist, MICA Curatorial Practice MFA Exhibition Land/Trust Round Table Discussion
2017 Artist Talk, MICA, Mount Royal School of Art Multi-Disciplinary MFA program
         Lecturer, “Experiences and the Outcomes of Grand Writing” MICA, Department of Art History,
                        Theory and Criticism
         Radio Guest Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth, Break Through Radio, NYC, NY,  
2016 Artist Talk, Devil May Care, Current Space, Baltimore, MD
2015 Lecture, Phaan Howng Thesis, Lazarus Auditorium, MICA, Baltimore, MD          
         Artist Talk, No Place, You Or Me, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA


ORGANIZATIONS
Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, 2016-2018
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Michael Salcman, “Phaan Howng and the Post Apocalyptic Landscape,” Little Patuxent Review, Summer 2018
Eric Hope, “East City Art Reviews: Spring Solos 2018 at Arlington Arts Center” Eastcityart.com
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Amy Boone McCreesh, “Exhibition Visit with Phaan Howng,” Inertia, Inertiastudiovisits.com
Christina Antonaides, “Art Shopping With an Edge, Here are nine local rising-start artists whose work should
    grace your home,” Baltimore Magazine, December 2017
Cara Ober, “Opposites Attract” Bmore Art Magazine, Issue No. 3, October 2017
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Terrence Hannum, “Painting Not Painting” Bmore Art August 14, 2017
Max Weiss, ed. “Best of Baltimore 2017, Arts & Music”, Baltimore Magazine, April 2017
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Beckett Mufson, “Find your Alt+Esc at this DIY Art Heaven,” The Creators Project, Vice Magazine April 4, 2017
Cara Ober, “Twenty-two Studios in Two Days,” Bmore Art March 6, 2017
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    Baltimore City Paper, December 6, 2016
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    December 2, 2016
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    November 11, 2016
Michael Anthony Farley, “This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Manicures for the Post-Apocalypse,” Art F
    City, October 10, 2016
Michael Anthony Farley, “All the Instagrams I Should’ve Taken at Fields Fest,” Art F City, August 25, 2016
Maura Callahan, Rebekah Kirkman, and Brandon Weigel, “Highlights and Lowlights of Fields Festival” City Paper,
    August 31, 2016
Rebekah Kirkman, "Devil May Care at Current Space,” City Paper, Baltimore City Paper, March 23, 2016
Mark Jenkins, “Instigate. Activate,” Washington Post, March 27, 2015
 
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