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

Phaan Howng's work centers around various narratives and landscapes that show the planet thriving in a utopian post-human future, or what she terms an “optimistic post-apocalypse.” Howng places the viewer in an idealized or satirical imagined future to encourage reflection on current environmental conditions fostered by extractive global capitalism. Explorations in current philosophy, anthropology, and history, ground these investigations that interrogate Western concepts of nature, the human, and time. Through painting, sculpture, installation, and performance, her work speaks to issues of environmental, political, and social exploitation.

2015 MFA Multidisciplinary Art, Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
2004 BFA Painting, Minor Political Science, Boston University
2020 A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice, Asian Arts + Culture Center, Towson University, Towson, MD
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
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
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

2019 Facebook, Washington D.C Headquarters

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         
2020 Pollinator Gardening: Designing Sustainable Habitats, Virtual Workshop with Blue Water Baltimore
         Panelist, Artists as Activists, Latela Curatorial, Washington, D.C.
         (At Home) Friday Art Break: Artist Talk With Phaan Howng, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
           Washington D.C.
         Artist Lecture, Ohio State University Art Department, Columbus, OH
         Moderator, Gardening For the Future!, Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center, Towson, MD
         Artist Talk, A Bag of Rocks for Bag of Rice, Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center, Towson, MD
         Artist Lecture, University of Cincinnati Art Department, Cincinnati, OH
         Panelist, Visions of the Future, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
2019 Artist Lecture, University of Las Vegas Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
         Artist Lecture, Pratt Institute Painting Department, Brooklyn, NY
         Artist Lecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts High School, Beijing, China
2018 Artist Talk, The Succession of Nature, Maryland Institute College of Art-Graduate Survey, Baltimore, MD
         Artist Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art-First Year Experience, Baltimore, MD
         Artist Lecture, Arts and Ecoliteracy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
         Artist Talk, Effigy, Elegy, Eulogy, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
         Guest Speaker, Being with Others in More-than-Human Worlds, Johns Hopkins University, Department of 
              Anthropology Annual Graduate Student Conference
         Artist Lecture, 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
         Guest Lecturer, Experiences and the Outcomes of Grant Writing, Department of Art History,
           Theory and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
         Radio Guest Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth, Break Through Radio, NYC, NY,  
2016 Artist Talk, Devil May Care, Current Space, Baltimore, MD
2015 Artist Lecture, Phaan Howng MFA Thesis, Lazarus Auditorium, MICA, Baltimore, MD          
         Artist Talk, No Place, You Or Me, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
October 2019 Facebook Artist In Residence Program
July 2019 
ICA Miami Summer Intensive Program, Miami, FL
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
2020 Maryland Institute College of Art Adjunct Fund
         Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby’s Grants, Visual Arts category

Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, 2016-2018
Front Cover Art, Hyrsteria Magazine, Issue No. 2, 2017
“Bold Palette,” Baltimore Magazine, October 2017

Cait Munro, “15 of our Favorite Contemporary Artists Get Real About Making It In the Art World,” Refinery29,
      August 8, 2019,
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
Imani Higginson, “In Conversation with Phaan Howng: Standing With Nature and Women” GalleryGurls.net
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
Sharon Butler, “Painting Not Painting,” Two Coats of Paint, July 17, 2017
Terrence Hannum, “Painting Not Painting” Bmore Art August 14, 2017
Max Weiss, ed. “Best of Baltimore 2017, Arts & Music”, Baltimore Magazine, April 2017
Rose Leadem, “Alt+Esc: No Vacancy II,” Frontrunner Magazine,
Sarah CasconeEditors’ Picks: 8 Things to See in New York This Week,” Artnet,  May 22, 2017
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
“Top 10 Art Shows of 2016,” Baltimore City Paper Noise Arts Blog, December 22, 2016,
Bret McCabe, On Separating Hunter From Prey in Phaan Howng’s Wryly Subversive Installation Wonders,”
    Baltimore City Paper, December 6, 2016
Monica Uszerowicz, “Miami Beach’s Art Fair Draws the Interactive Into Its Orbit,” Hyperallergic,
    December 2, 2016
Michael Anthony Farley, GIF of the Day: Let’s Cut Off America’s Flaccid Orange Dick,” Art F City,
    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