Tran Vu

Boston, MA

Ngoc-Tran Vu (she/her) is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese-American artist and organizer whose socially engaged practice draws from her experience as a cultural connector, educator, and lightworker. Her work evokes discourse of familial ties, memories, rituals amongst themes of social justice and intersectionality. Born in Vietnam, Tran came to the US with her family as political refugees and grew up in Boston's working-class neighborhoods. 

In 2019, Tran was the National Arts Strategies’ Creative Communities Fellow and featured as one of the WBUR Artery 25, a series highlighting millennials of color making an impact in the Boston arts scene. Tran has collaborated with ArtPlace America, the Boston Children’s Museum, MASS MoCA Assets for Artists, Asian American Commission, etc. She teaches on storytelling, digital marketing, financial literacy, and has taught in the Future Imagemakers program at NYU's Tisch Department of Photography. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty in Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Previously, Tran worked at AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) to support and advocate for freelance producers and media makers in mission-driven storytelling. Tran received her MA in Arts and Politics at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts at Brown University. Tran works across borders and is grounded in Boston's Dorchester community. @TranVuArts


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Headshot Photo: Three Circle Studios