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No Word for “Art”: Contemporary Hmong-American Art in Northern California July 29-September 26, 2021

Jul 23 2021 - Jul 23 2021

No Word for “Art”: Contemporary Hmong-American Art in Northern California July 29-September 26, 2021

  • Jul 23 2021 - Jul 23 2021


The concept for No Word for ‘art’ came from Hmong-American artist and co-curator, Elizabeth Lee.  There is no word for “art” in the Hmong language, which can make it difficult to explain what fine art is to older Hmong generations.  Many Hmong-American youth are discouraged from creative careers by the older members of the family.  This is a story that is unfortunately repeated across cultures currently, and many people are afraid to pursue art as their career though it is their passion.

As a society, how do we value art? This exhibition will explore the complexities of Hmong-American identity from the perspective of artists throughout the north state, and provide opportunities for conversations regarding the significance of art.

Co-Curators: Elizabeth Lee and Stacey Lo

No Word for ‘art’ is sponsored by KAWM.  This exhibition is made possible by funding from Calhumanities.


Special Events

Friday, July 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm. No Host Bar.   FREE Admission

Grand Opening

Sunday, August 1st, 11 am-5 pm     FREE Admission
Cultural activities provided by Leaders for a Lifetime (L4L), a youth service and cultural activism group.

Paj Ntaub: Embroidering Traditional Hmong Art with Culture through Cloth / Pachia Vang
Saturday, September 4, 5:30-7:30 pm  Tickets – $20.  Call the museum (530) 487-7272 for reservations and ticket purchase.  Cap out at 20 participants.

This 2-hour long workshop introduces participants to traditional Hmong textiles and embroidery. The class includes an overview of Hmong textiles in relation to Hmong culture alongside a step-by-step class demonstration on how to make a Hmong Keychain Charm using traditional Hmong embroidery techniques.

Community Art-Making Night
Friday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 pm    FREE Admission
Bring your friends and family and let your creativity shine! Use the free materials provided or bring your own and make art in an inspiring environment!

Artist Conversation Panel for Hmong American Voices (Virtual)
Sunday, September 19, 5:30-7:30 pm     FREE Admission

No Word for ‘art’ is sponsored by KAWM. This exhibition is made possible by funding from California Humanities in collaboration with the Museum of Northern California Art (monca).

Thank you to our fundraiser supporters:
Beverly Thomassian   Thou Yang.  Jennifer Spangler   Catherine Sullivan
Mailou Lor   Mim. Roeder  Rachel Middlemen   Angela Yang
My Phoua Lo   Cynthia Yongvang   Kay Yang   Pa N Vue.  Yer Vang

Mon ‒ Wed: Closed
Thu ‒ Fri: 11am ‒ 5pm
Sat ‒ Sun: 11am ‒ 5pm

Adults: $30/year
Seniors: $25/year
Dual/Family: $50/year
NARM: $100/year
Corporate: $750/year

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA, 95926