Visiting Artist Series Welcomes Sarah Nguyen

Published: October 21, 2020

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Visiting Artist Series is proud to welcome Sarah Nguyen for a virtual lecture, Q&A, and hands-on workshops for students and the community Oct. 29, 30, and 31.

Nguyen is a multi-media artist. Storytelling is central to her hand cut-fiber panels. The intricate compositions are mostly landscape-based and feature symbolic motifs—flora, fauna, and an ever-changing moon—to elicit childhood memories of myths, fables, and folklore. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions and publications and has been included in nationally-recognized exhibitions in museums and festivals including the True/False Film Festival, Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific Experience, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and Kansas City’s 2018 Open Spaces curated by Dan Cameron. In addition to exhibiting and working as a fine artist, Nguyen works as a book designer for Pleiades Press and Magazine and as a freelance illustrator, where you can find her work featured on numerous book covers and in children’s books.


Thursday, Oct. 29
6 p.m.

Join Virtual Lecture and Q&A via Zoom
Passcode: 094272

A virtual, hands-on workshop for CWI students

Friday, Oct. 30
1 - 3 p.m.

Workshop participants will investigate the role shadow and light play in our perception of the world. Participants will learn how shadows have been used in art history, as a narrative tool, and as a medium of expression for artists. Traditional, as well as non-traditional, methods of creating will be explored and utilized. 

To participate, students are asked to have the following: 

  • a single light source (lamp, flashlight, etc.) in a fixed position
  • a wall on which to project shadows in a room where lights can be dimmed

Contact Goran Fazil at to register and to pick up art supplies for this workshop by Oct. 29. 

Join Shadow Play Workshop via Zoom
Passcode: 816890

A virtual, hands-on workshop for the CWI community. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday, Oct. 31
10 - 11 a.m.

In numerous cultures across the globe, shadows have been employed as a popular medium for entertainment. In this family-friendly workshop, participants will explore traditional and modern shadow theater, resulting in making their very own shadow masks. 

Participants are asked to assemble the following materials for the workshop:

  • ruler
  • pencils and erasers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • thin cardboard (file folders, cereal boxes, etc.), 4 pieces per person
  • a single-point light source (any type of clear bulb, desk lamp, phone or regular flashlight)
  • scarf or belt
  • printer paper
  • white sheet or blank wall to project a shadow onto

Join Shadow Masks Workshop via Zoom
Passcode: 347289

CWI’s Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from Idaho Commission on the Arts, which is supported by National Endowment for the Arts. Visiting Artist Series workshops, featuring visual and performing artists, are free and open to the public. This leacture, Q&A, and both hands-on workshops are free and will be sign interpreted in American Sign Language.  

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