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Marita Dingus and Hoa Hong
Past Exhibit

Marita Dingus and Hoa Hong

January 16 – February 22

Main Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16th, 5-8pm



Born Seattle, WA 1956 Dingus attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (BFA, 1980) and San Jose State University (MFA, 1985). She has received a Visual Art Fellowship from Artist Trust (1994), a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), and the Morrie and Joan Alhadeff PONCHO Artist of the Year Award (2005). Dingus has had solo shows at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and The Stenersen Museum, both in Norway (2002, 2006), as well as the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA (2005 - 2006). Her work has been included in Nature/Culture organized by The Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh (2006 - 2008), Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC (2006 - 2007) and 21st Century American Women Artists at the Residence of the United States Ambassador to NATO in Brussels, Belgium (2006 - 2010). Her work is in many regional museums and corporate collections. Dingus currently lives and works in the state of Washington and is represented by Traver Gallery in Seattle.


"I consider myself an African-American Feminist and environmental artist. My approach to producing art is environmentally and politically infused: neither waste humanity nor the gifts of nature. I am primarily a mixed media sculptor who uses discarded materials. My art draws upon relics from the African Diaspora. The discarded materials represent how people of African descent were used during the institution of slavery and colonialism then discarded, but who found ways to repurpose themselves and thrive in a hostile world. I seek to use recovered materials, reconfiguring and incorporating them into pieces of art where possible and appropriate, and to mitigate waste and pollution in all my work. This is a creative challenge, but a commitment I incorporate into my professional and personal activities." 



Hoa Hong is a figurative painter and muralist based in Seattle. She studied at University of Washington, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and later completed her art residencies at New York. Her paintings and murals can be found at exhibits and casually on the street of New York, and Seattle. 

Hoa's painting style defines the thin line between abstraction and realism using a mixture of sharp and broken details. Her colors and brushstrokes suggest a contrast between clarity and ambiguity of a human figure to evoke the question "can you ever truly know a person?", which is something she often asks herself while painting and observing her subjects. 


Images of Marita Dingus artwork photographed by Ben Lerman and shown courtesy of Traver Gallery.  Images of Hoa Hong's artwork are shown courtesy of the artist.