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• 2015 Guest Researcher, Urushi Lacquering Section in the Department of Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of the Arts, Kyoto, Japan (Oct.–Dec.)
• 2010 Guest Researcher, Urushi Section in the Department of Crafts, Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), Tokyo, Japan (April–July)
• 1987–1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Fine Arts, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Graduation with highest distinction
• 2022 Creation of acrylic paintings on canvas, clayboard, and porcelain tiles using a variety of techniques
• 2021 Creation of small copper sculptures, hammered, braised, with torch-fired heat patina
• 2009 Panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission (visual arts)
• 2003–2019 Teaching Artist, ArtMix (formerly VSA of Indiana), Indianapolis
• 2001 Associate Instructor, Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Indianapolis
• 1997–present Visual artist specializing in 2-D and 3-D urushi lacquer painting
• 1992–1997 Visual artist specializing in oil painting
• 2023 Relocation of On the Tip of Our Wings, The Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indianapolis, IN. Artwork moved from Concourse B Security to a prime location on wall near the entrance to Civic Plaza
• 2019 Preservation and conservation work on On the Tip of Our Wings, The Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indianapolis, IN
• 2010 Finalist in the competition for public art commissions at the New Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
• 2006–08 The Indianapolis Airport Authority: commissioning of a large urushi lacquer mural, On the Tip of Our Wings, completed in September 2008 and inaugurated in October 2008, for the New Indianapolis Airport (Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal, Security Area leading to Concourse B).
• 2013 Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Hubei, China: The Rule of Nature
• 2011 Wabash College Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art, Crawfordsville, IN: Between Right and Wrong
• 2009 The Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN: What Are You Fighting For?
• 2005 The Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN: Fragile Words
• 2005 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: Points of Light, Points of Might
• 2003 The Ohr–O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS: Conversation with a Child (stolen)
• 2003 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC: Emerald Embeddings
• 2001 The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC: A Bouquet for You
Public collection: Arts Council of Indianapolis, IN; Indianapolis Airport Authority, IN.
Corporate collections: Lilly Endowment Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Lewis Law Firm, Washington, DC; Marian, Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Miller Veneers, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Private collections: major collectors from Moorpark, CA; Washington, DC; Biscayne, FL; River Forest, IL; Fishers, IN; Greenwood, IN; Indianapolis, IN; McCordsville, IN; Noblesville, IN; Richmond, IN; Westfield, IN; Zionsville, IN; Bethesda, MD; Chevy Chase, MD; Rockford, NJ; Staten Island, NY; Johnson City, TX; Sheboygan, WI; Nivelles, Belgium; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kyoto, Japan.
Honors & Awards
• 2019 Selected by Art in Embassies (AIE), U.S. Department of State, for exhibition in the U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam.
• 2018 Award winner, best-of-show Art Santa Fe Selects, Art Santa Fe 2018, Santa Fe, NM, for artwork Wapiti Aura.
• 2017–18 Recipient of a DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award (inaugural competition), from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Arts Council of Indianapolis; grant for a project titled “Into the Bones.”
• 2017 Finalist, Biennial 29 competition, South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana, refereed by juror Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
• 2015 Awardee, 2015-2016 Round of High Art Billboard Project (Arts Council of Indianapolis and Clear Channel Outdoor)
• 2015 Awarded a grant by the Asian Cultural Council (New York) in support of the fall trip to Kyoto
• 2015 Granted a Guest Researcher position in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan
• 2012 TOSCA’s Indiana Artist of the Year “Theatre Opera Shakespeare Culture Art,” The American Artists Series
• 2010 Tuition-free scholarship as guest researcher, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
• 2009 Recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis
• 2008 Second Prize, IDADA Fourth Annual Member Exhibition, refereed by Midwest Museum of American Art Curator Bryan Byrn, Pivot Gallery, Indianapolis, February
• 2006 Recognition by the City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis and of Marion County, Indiana, through Special Resolution no. 13, 2006, Indianapolis, March
• 2006 Best of Show, IDADA Second Annual Member Exhibition, refereed by former Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Brett Waller, Stutz Art Gallery, Indianapolis, February
• 2005 The Heart’s Closet, an oil painting, chosen for the cover graphic for a book titled From the Heart’s Closet: A Young Girl’s World War II Story by Anneliese “Lee” Krauter (Indianapolis: The Schatzi Press, Hawthorne Publishing, 2005;
• 2001 Prize winner, “Indiana Now,” Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Indiana Artists, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, February
• 2000 “Indiana artist of the month,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, January
• 1999 Recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, June
• 2023 Light’s Swirls and Whirls. Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis, IN, 9 March–26 April
• 2019 Resplendence. Residence of Rhonda Fox Waltz & Kevin Waltz, Indianapolis, IN, November
• 2016 Crescendo. Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis, IN, September 22–October 18
• 2013–14 The Art of Nhat Tran. Curated by the Meridian Street Foundation. Tarkington Tower, Indianapolis, IN, 15 November–11 February 2014
• 2013 Nhat Tran. See the Unseen. Curated by David Kadlec. Jacksson Gallery, Columbus, IN, 7 June–20 July
• 2013 Nhat Tran. Urushi Lights. Curated by Shaun Digwerth. Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN, 27 January–24 March
• 2012 Nhat Tran. Urushi Lights. Curated by Jerry Points. Eye on Art Gallery, Carmel, IN, 10 November–8 December
• 2012 Orchestral Collage. Curated by Shannon Linker. Gallery 924, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, IN, January 20–February 24
• 2011 Unveiled Layers: Exhibition by Nhat Tran. Curated by Michael Atwell. Eric Dean Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Wabash College, IN, February 28–April 8
• 2007 Nhat Tran. Healing Arts Indy, Indianapolis, IN, November–December
• 2006 The Art of Lacquer Painting: Mixing Light with Life. Nhat Tran. The Wiessman Gallery, Chicago, IL, June
• 2006 Abstract Consciousness. Part of series titled In Her Element: The Art of Four Women. Galerie Penumbra, Indianapolis, IN, May
• 2005 Nhat Tran. Next in the Gallery, Herron Gallery of Art, Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, February–March
• 2004 Nhat Tran. Urushi: New Directions—Contemporary Lacquer Paintings, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC, October–November
• 2003 Nhat Tran: Contemporary Vietnamese Lacquer Paintings, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS, March–June
• 2002–03 Nhat Tran: From Blackness to Brilliance, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, November–February 2003
• 2001 Walter Wickiser Gallery, Soho, New York, NY, April–May
• 2000 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Solo Exhibition, Indianapolis Artsgarden, IN, September
• 2000 Contemporary Vietnamese Lacquer Paintings, Chao Phraya Gallery, Washington, DC, April–May
• 2000 “In Indiana” Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, January
• 1998 Lacquers from Vietnam, Germaine’s, Washington, DC, May–June
• 1998 Lacquers from Vietnam, 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, February
• 2022 Layers of Light, Nhat Tran and Atossa Rahmanifar, Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery, Indianapolis, 11 October–6 November
• 2023 Retrospective Gallery Exhibit, Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis, IN, 10 Oct.–28 Dec.
• 2022 Urushi Forms and Hope — Lacquer Art in Southeast Asia, Tokyo University of Fine Arts (Geidai) Museum, 24 September–4 October
• 2021 Fall for Art, IndyVisible Artists second exhibition, Hotel Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, 30 Oct.–29 Jan. 2021
• 2020 Unveiling, IndyVisible Artists inaugural exhibition, Hotel Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN, 16 July–30 September.
• 2019–22 Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the United States of America, Hanoi, Vietnam, residence of Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink. Long-term display of lacquered sculpture Inclination to Believe.
• 2019 World of Lacquer: Vessel and Form, 2019 Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art (China), Hubei Museum of Art, 16 Aug.–15 Sept.
• 2019 Lacquering and Practice, 2018 Fuzhou International Lacquer Art Biennial, organized by the Fuzhou Culture & Tourism Investment Group, 27 Dec. 2018–17 Feb. 2019.
• 2018 First annual DeHaan Artist of Distinction Group Exhibition, Gallery 924, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, IN, 6–27 Sept.
• 2018 Summer Group Exhibition, Edington Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, 10 August–15 September.
• 2018 Art Santa Fe 2018, Santa Fe, NM, 12–15 July.
• 2017 PROJECT 19: The Prolonged Gaze, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1 September–22 October.
• 2017 Biennial 29, Warner Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN, 8 July–1 October.
• 2017 Art Expo New York 2017, New York, NY, 21–24 April.
• 2016 Red Dot Miami 2016, Miami, FL, 30 November–4 December.
• 2016 World of Lacquer: Cycle of Time, the 2016 Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art (China), September.
• 2016 Asian Lacquer Art Exhibition in Hanoi (Vietnam), organized by the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project (Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan), August.
• 2016 The Era of Lacquer Linguistics, the 2016 International Lacquer Art Biennial in Fuzhou (China), July.
• 2016 Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY. Exhibited under the auspices of Galeria StandARTe, Madrid, Spain, 23–26 June.
• 2016 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy. Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, March–October.
• 2015 Running Hot and Cold: Contemporary Techniques of Painting with Wax. Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, 3–25 July.
• 2014 The Contemporary Landscape Show. Curated by Shannon Linker. Gallery 924, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, IN, June.
• 2014 Finale. The Last Show. Curated by David Kadlec. Jacksson Gallery, Columbus, IN, 30 May–28 June.
• 2013 World of Great Lacquer: Origin and Flows. 2013 Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Hubei, China. Invited artist. Sep.–Nov.
• 2013 Asian Lacquer Exhibition. Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY, 20–24 May.
• 2012 Resonant Uruwashi: New Vibrance in International Women’s Urushi Art. Curated by Sakurako Matshushima and Fumie Sasai. Tokyo Yamawaki Gallery: 14 Sept.–1 Oct.; Kyoto Gallery of Kyoto City University of Arts: 6–21 Oct.; Fukushima Kitakata City Museum of Art: 27 Oct.–25 Nov. URL.
• 2012 2012 World Ottchil Art Exhibition. [Ottchil means “natural lacquer” in Korean.] Exhibition Hall of Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center, South Korea. Hosted by the Korea Ott chil Arts Council. 19–25 June
• 2011 Female Urushi Artists’ Solidarity with the People of Tohoku. Curated by Sakurako Matshushima and Fumie Sasai. Aizu Fukushima Urushi Art Festival, Exhibition Hall of Aizuwakamatsu City, Japan, October 1–November 23
• 2011 The Culture of Lacquer. Tainan International Treechi Art Exhibition, Chon Yei Arts Center, Tainan, Taiwan, July 2–November 13; organized by the Lacquer Arts Association of Taiwan, Tainan City, Taiwan
• 2011 Asian Arts & Artists Exhibition. Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, 4 June–24 July
• 2011 (shout!) 2009–2010 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective (Arts Council of Indianapolis), Indianapolis Art Center, 15 April–5 June
• 2011 Facing East: Contemporary Asian Art. Selected Works. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY, 4 March–2 April
• 2010 World of Lacquer. Material, Process, Spirit. 2010 Hubei International Lacquer Triennial, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Hubei, China. Invited artist. Sep.–Oct.
• 2010 Urushi Works from International Artists. Exhibit Room, Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), Tokyo, Japan, May–June
• 2010 Walking from the Age of Hemudu. Third International Exhibition of Chi Art, Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou City, Fujian, China, May–June
• 2009 Making It in the Midwest: Artists Who Chose to Stay. Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, June–Oct.
• 2009 Mind and Matter: 21st Century Indiana Art. Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, March–May
• 2009 Art for a New Century: Works Desired for the Permanent Collection. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN.
• 2008 Asian Festival & Exhibition. Garfield Park Arts Center & Pagoda, Indianapolis, May–June.
• 2008 Fourth Annual IDADA Member Exhibition, juried by Bryan Byrn, Pivot Gallery, Indianapolis, Feb.
• 2007 A Chaotic Serenity: The Art of Nhat Tran and Wug Laku. Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage, Indianapolis, IN, July
• 2007 Third Annual IDADA Member Exhibition, juried by Kaytie Johnson, Stutz Art Gallery, Indianapolis, Feb.
• 2006–07 Curator’s Choice: Highlighting Indiana Art. Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, Aug. ’06–Oct. ’07
• 2006 The World of Lacquer: Nhat Tran and Tran Hoang Son. Duo exhibition. Fielding Lecht Gallery, Austin, TX, Sept.–Oct.
• 2006 Studio B Sculpture Invitational, Cincinnati, OH, June. See http://www.artforthemasses.blogspot.com/
• 2006 Second Annual IDADA Member Exhibition, juried by Christopher Daniel, Stutz Art Gallery, Indianapolis, Feb.
• 2005 Holiday Group Show. The Wiessman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Nov.–Jan. 2006
• 2005 Whispers to Shouts. Indiana Women Who Create Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Feb.–Jul.
• 2005 “Indiana Now” Biennial Juried Competition, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN, Feb.–Apr.
• 2005 Works by Members of IDADA, juried, Stutz Art Gallery, Indianapolis, Feb.
• 2004 The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, on view March and Nov.
• 2004 Group Show, Domont Studio Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Feb.
• 2004 8th Annual San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show, The Rosenberg Group, San Francisco, CA, Feb.
• 2003 No Boundaries—A Multicultural Viewpoint, Dean Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Oct.–Nov.;
• 2003 13th Annual Arts of Asia & Oceania Show, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, Oct.
• 2003 13th Annual Dream Home Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, Aug.–Sept.
• 2003 79th Annual Hoosier Salon Juried Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, Aug.–Sept.
• 2003 Dialogue des cultures, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, Mar.–Apr.
• 2003 Scapes, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN, Feb.–Mar.
• 2002–07 Permanent Collection of American Craft, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, on view from Nov. ’02 to Spring ’07
• 2002–06 True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit
[An exhibition that toured nationally and internationally under the aegis of the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC. An artistic response to the tragedy of September eleven, True Colors offered a meditation on some of the qualities that made our nation able to respond to and recover from September eleven. Nhat Tran was the only Indiana artist represented in that exhibition.]
City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, Lake Charles, LA, Sept. ’05–Jan. ’06
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS, June–Aug. ’05
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, Dallas, TX, Feb.–June ’05
Danubiana Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, Apr.–May ’04
National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania, Feb.–Mar. ’04
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jan.–Feb. ’04
Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Nov.–Dec. ’03
The Allied Museum, Berlin, Germany, Aug.–Nov. ’03
The Montgomery Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, May–Aug. ’03
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, Apr.–May ’03
Sun Trust Plaza Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Oct. ’02–Jan. ’03
Çankaya Cultural Center, Ankara, Turkey, Oct. ’02
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. ’02
The National Arts Club, New York, NY, Jul.–Aug. ’02
Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, Feb.–Apr. ’02
• 2002 International Visions–The Gallery, Washington, DC, Dec.–Jan. 2003
• 2002 Seeing Red, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN, Dec.
• 2002 Asian Identities, Small Works Room, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY, Apr.
• 2002 Dialogue des cultures, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, Mar.–Apr.
• 2001 Creative Renewal Fellows Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Aug.–Sept.
• 2001 Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, juried by Maxwell Anderson, Cambridge, MA, Jun.–Jul.
• 2001 Group shows, Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Mar.–Nov.
• 2001 77th Annual Hoosier Salon Juried Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, Aug.–Sept.
• 2001 International Visions–The Gallery, Washington, DC, Mar.–Apr.
• 2001 “Indiana Now” Biennial Juried Competition, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN, Feb.
• 2000 International Juried Competition Face to Face 2, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY, May–June
• 2000 Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
• 2015 “Creating Urushi Artworks in Indianapolis.” PowerPoint-based lecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of the Arts, Kyoto, Japan, November 2015.
• 2013 “Urushi in Contemporary Art.” PowerPoint-based lecture at the Asian Lacquer International Symposium, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY, 21 May 2013.
• 2011 “Contemporary Urushi Paintings by a Vietnamese-American Artist in the U.S.” PowerPoint-based lecture at the Department of Fine Arts of Taichung University of Education, Taiwan, July 5.
• 2010 “A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Asian Art Form.” PowerPoint-based lecture at the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN, 12 October 2010.
• 2003 “The Art of Lacquer Painting.” Two presentations at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS, 8 and 9 March 2003.
• 2023 Kohn, Rita. “Insider stories enliven sites all around Indianapolis.” Nuvo, March 13, 2023. URL
• 2022 Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project Executive Committee. Urushi Forms and Hope: Lacquer Art in Southeast Asia, Japan: Geisho Co. Ltd, 24 September 2022. Photograph of Nhat Tran’s artwork p. 80. Discussed p. 116 in essay “The Allure of Lacquer and Southeast Asia in Expressions of Ten Modern Lacquer Artists” by Todate Kazuko (pp. 116–118). Bio p. 132.
• 2020 Laanstra, Welmoed, Curator. Art in Embassies Exhibition, United States Embassy Hanoi, brochure published by Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., January 2020. Entry “Tran Nhat Detienne 1962” pp. 8–9. Introduction by Ambassador Dan Kritenbrink.
• 2019 Kohn, Rita. “Nhat Tran’s ‘Resplendence’ again Transforms Urushi Contemporary Art.” Nuvo, Nov 17, 2019, updated Nov 21, 2019. URL.
• 2016 Harry, Lou. “Lou’s Views: Art show spans centuries.” Online article about the exhibition 200 Years of Indiana, mentioning Fragile Words as one of the reviewer’s “personal favorites.”
• 2016 Chinese Editors. Ingenuity and Thoughts of Zen. Charm of Lacquer Ware/Style of Lacquer Ware. Fuzhou Lacquer Art Research Institute, Fuzhou Museum. Fuzhou International Lacquer Art Biennale, 2016, 2 volumes. Artist pages: vol. 1, pp. 218–219.
• 2014 Tahlib. Alpha Omega Arts. “Nhat Tran’s Urushi Process Lasts 1,000 Years.”
• 2013 Chinese Editors. Changjiang Literature & Art (monthly journal published since 1949 by the Writers’ Association of Hubei Province, Wuhan City, China, ISSN 0528-8384). Reproduced on the back cover of the November 2013, issue 11 (no. 673), is a large color photograph of the artist’s artwork acquired by the Hubei Museum of Art and exhibited at the 2013 Hubei International Triennial of Lacquer Art.
• 2013 Fleischel, Robert (Yabane Co. Ltd.). NETSUKE, what else? SAGEMONO, of course! Catalogue published for the 2013 International Netsuke Society London Convention. Includes color pictures of 180 antique Netsuke, Ojime, Inro, Pipe cases and Yatate as well as close-up pictures of many signatures, including a 19th-century marble-colored manju netsuke in ivory, lacquer-painted by Nhat Tran. Photograph p. 58, numbered 137 in the catalogue. Close-up of artist’s signature p. 79 (along with those of 92 19th-century Japanese artists). Sagemonoya Gallery, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, May 2013.
• 2012 South Korean Editors. 2012 World Ottchil Art Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), Korean Ottchil Arts Council, artist page p. 108.
• 2012 Sheeley, Rachel E. “Artists talk at gallery opening.” Online article at pal-item.com on exhibition at the Richmond Art Museum; URL: http://www.pal-item.com/article/20130126/ENTERTAINMENT/301260029/Artists-talk-gallery-opening
• 2012 Weber, Gail M. “The American Artist Series. Nhat Tran, Indiana Artist of the Year.” In the “Exploring Art” section of Exploring TOSCA, fall 2012, p. 26 and p. 43.
• 2012 Grossman, Dan. “Urushi Lights: Work by Nhat Tran [4 stars].” Nuvo, A&E Reviews, Visual Arts, November 14–21, 2012, vol. 23 issue 35 issue #1179, p. 21.
• 2012 Matsushima, Sakurako; Sasai, Fumie; Todate, Kazuko. Resonant Urushi Exhibition: New Vibrance in International Women’s Urushi Art. Exhibition catalogue (Utsunomiya University, Tochigi, Japan: September 2012), pp. 66–67, 85, 95.
• 2012 Grossman, Dan. “Review: Nhat Tran at Gallery 924 [4 stars].” Nuvo, A&E Reviews, Visual Arts, February 13–20, 2012, vol. 23 issue 6 issue #1150, p. 21. Also http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/review-nhat-tran-at-gallery-924/Content?oid=2414843#.ULv9rYVLFmY.
• 2012 Petry, Ashley. “Gallery 924 highlights Asian art form of urushi.” The Indianapolis Star, Sunday 29 January 2012, section Indy Living, pp. 1 and 5. See http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012201290304
• 2011 Taiwanese Editors. 2011 Tainan International Treechi Art Exhibition (exhibition catalogue). Artist page p. 91; her artwork is also reproduced p. 17 in the table of contents, and is prominently displayed on the back cover as well.
• 2011 Baker, Nancy. “Precious Energy. The Ninth Zen Precept: Not Being Angry.” Feature article by Nancy Baker | Artwork by Nhat Tran, in Tricycle | The Buddhist Review, summer 2011, pp. 78–81, 119–20. See http://www.tricycle.com/feature/precious-energy.
• 2011 Amidon, Jim. “ ‘Unveiled Layers’ Opens Monday.” The Paper of Montgomery County Online, 25 February 2011, http://www.thepaper24-7.com/main.asp?SectionID=23&SubSectionID=22&ArticleID=29898
• 2011 Webmaster. “ ‘Unveiled Layers’ Open in Art Gallery.” Wabash College, http://www.wabash.edu/news/displaystory.cfm?news_ID=8734
• 2011 Kohn, Rita. “Unveiled Layers: The Art of Nhat Tran [4 ½ stars].” Nuvo, A&E Reviews, March 2–9, 2011, vol. 21 issue 54 issue #1029, p. 21. Also “Nhat Tran’s Unveiled Layers,” http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/review-nhat-trans-unveiled-layers/Content?oid=2098205.
• 2010 Chinese Editors. World of Lacquer. Material, Process, Spirit. 2010 Hubei International Lacquer Triennial, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Hubei, China. Exhibition catalogue, 2010, pp. 119–24.
• 2010 Chinese Editors. Walking from the Age of Hemudu to the Future. Third Exhibition of International Chi Art, 2010 Works Collection. Fuzhou City, Fujian, China: Culture and Art Publishing House, 2010, p. 91. ISBN 978-7-5039-4569-4.
• 2009 IND Foundation, Inc. IND – The Art of It All. Art, Architecture, and Cuisine at the Indianapolis International Airport. Indianapolis, IN: Emmis Publishing, 2009. Artist profile, pp. 86–89. ISBN 978-0-615-32217-9.
• 2009 Perry, Rachel Berenson. Making It in the Midwest: Artists Who Chose to Stay. Catalogue of the exhibition, Indiana State Museum, June 20–October 18, 2009, pp. 44–45.
• 2008 Editors. “Traveling Exhibit.” The Indianapolis Monthly. November 2008. URL: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/gallery.aspx?id=46442&image=7
• 2008 Knox, Fuller. “Ready for Takeoff — Nhat Tran: An artist takes flight.” Feature article in Indianapolis Woman. Vol. 15, number 11, November 2008, pp. 42–47. URL: http://www.indianapoliswoman.com/archive.asp?r=2008\nov\main-features\inside\inside.txt
• 2007 Watt Grade, Susan. Review. “Nhat Tran *** ½.” Under “a&e, Arts Clips: Visual Art” in Nuvo. Indianapolis, IN: 11.28.07–12.05.07, p. 19. URL: http://www.nuvo.net/articles/nhat_tran_/
• 2007 Monteith, Clifton. “Traditional Japanese Craft Mediums as Ambassadors of Contemporary Cultural Exchanges: One Craftsman’s Expanding Encounters.” In Inaga, Shigemi and Patricia Fister, eds., Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts in the 21st Century: Reconsidering the Future from an International Perspective. International Symposium, November 8–12, 2005. Kyoto, Japan: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2007, p. 309.
• 2007 McCoy, Richard. “The art and craft of Nhat Tran.” Under “a&e, Visual Art” in Nuvo. Indianapolis, IN: 10.24.07–10.31.07, p. 27. URL: http://www.nuvo.net/arts/article/art-and-craft-nhat-tran
• 2007 Editors. “Nhat and Wug.” Nuvo, Visual Arts, July 4, 2007. URL: http://www.nuvo.net/articles/nhat_and_wug/
• 2007 Cura Schlossberger, Maricar. “Indiana’s Asian Artists: Nhat Tran: Art of Mixing Light & Life.” Asian Access. Munster, IN: Cura-Schlossberger Design and Publishing, Inc., Vol. 1, Issue 6, July–August 2007, p. 7.
• 2007 Berry, Skip L. “Flights of Artistry. Artport: Painter finds her passion in ancient art technique.” The Indianapolis Star: Indy Sunday. April 29, 2007, pp. 1, 6–7. Reprinted from indystar.com in VietnamArt Books.com at http://www.vietnamartbooks.com/articles/article.html?id=1463
• 2006 Fort, V. Marc. Review. “2 Takes on Vietnamese Folk Art.” [About the exhibition ‘World of Lacquer” in Austin, TX.] Austin American-Statesman, entertainment website austin360.com, Wednesday, September 13, 2006. URL: http://www.austin360.com/arts/content/arts/stories/xl/2006/09/14reviews.html. Also at http://artaustin.org/reviews-200609.html - lacquer.
• 2006 Editors. Review. “Luxurious Lacquer.” [About the exhibition ‘World of Lacquer” in Austin, TX.] Art Austin Newsletter, September 2006, vol. IV issue V. URL: http://www.inthegalleriesaustin.com/eletter.htm.
• 2006 Thibodeaux, Julianna. Review. “Poetry or what? Revealing the mystery. Nhat Tran, Galerie Penumbra.” Nuvo, Visual Arts, May 2006.
• 2006 Miller, Holly G., and Alicia Dean Carlson. “Community Development: Time Out.” Lilly Endowment Annual Report 2006: Renewal. Indianapolis, IN: Lilly Endowment Inc., 2006, pp. 1, 18–19. See PDF: http://www.lillyendowment.org/annualreports/LEAR2006_pdf/Community.pdf
• 2006 Kim, Theodore. “Indianapolis’ New Airport Terminal. Sights for Soaring Eyes.” The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, January 18, 2006, pp. A1, A7.
• 2005 Perry, Rachel B. “Nhat Tran.” Whispers to Shouts: Indiana Women Who Create Art. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana State Museum, 2005, p. 50.
• 2004 Goodman, Janis. Review. “Urushi: New Directions—Contemporary Lacquer Paintings.” TV Broadcast, Around Town Best Bites, WETA Channel 26 Production, Washington DC: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 1–5, 2004.
• 2004 Thibodeaux, Julianna. Review. “Art’s spiritual grounding.” Nuvo, Visual Arts, February 18, 2004. URL: http://nuvo.net/articles/article_1976/
• 2004 Russick, David. “Nhat Tran: Inclination to Believe.” Next in the Gallery. Indianapolis, IN: Herron Gallery, IUPUI Herron School of Art, 2004, pp. 49–50.
• 2003 Dan Coats, Ambassador to Germany. “True Colors — Exhibition Opening Remarks.” United States Diplomatic Mission to Germany, Ambassador Speeches and Texts, 8 September 2003. URL: http://germany.usembassy.gov/germany/speech_09_08_03.html
• 2003 “Portfolio: Nhat Tran.” American Craft. New York: American Craft Council. August/September 2003, p. 61.
• 2003 Editors. “Ohr to Feature Vietnamese lacquer painting beginning March.” Biloxi, MS: The Bay Press, vol. 30, no. 74, March 7, 2003, p. 1.
• 2003 Editor. “Nhat Tran: From Blackness to Brilliance.” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, January/February 2003, under “Exhibitions.”
• 2002 Cullum, Jerry. Review: “America in the Wake of Sept. 11. True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, p. Q6.
• 2002 Pappas, Mary Lee. “Nhat Tran: visual artist.” Under “Cultural initiative: Indy’s artistic innovators” in Nuvo/2002 Arts Guide, Sept. 4–11, 2002, p. 14.
• 2002 “Nhat Tran: Points of Light, Points of Might, 2001.” True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit. Washington DC: Meridian International Center, 2002, p. 19.
• 2002 “Culture.” Vietnam: The New Century. Washington, DC: Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the USA, 2002, p. 19.
• 2001 “Nhat Tran: Recent Paintings.” ARTnews, April 2001, p. 63.
• Personal website: https://www.urushi-artist.com/
• Arts Council of Indianapolis. “Meet Indy Artists” at indyarts.org. URL: http://www.indyarts.org/meetindyartists.aspx?ty=alp&lr=T&id=3817
Video (“Orchestral Collage”): http://vimeo.com/36192190
• National Museum of Women in the Arts. Clara Database of Women Artists: http://clara.nmwa.org/index.php?g=entity_detail&entity_id=15403
• Indiana State Museum. Museum collections. URL: http://museumcollections.in.gov/detail.php?t=objects&type=browse&f=maker&s=Nhat+Tran&record=0
• VSA arts of Indiana. URL: http://www.vsai.org/NhatTran.html
• Theater of Inclusion: An Artist Collaboration. Tools: Nhat Tran. http://theaterofinclusion.com/2014/05/26/tools-nhat-tran/
• Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Back to the Community Collection: http://artlafayette.org/Collections/Community-Curates-Details/ArticleID/342