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DUYEN PHAM Hendersonville High School


t once dramatic and whimsical, Duyen Pham’s Vision Award Nomination In Full Bloom demonstrates the capabilities of technology as another medium for the creation of artworks that captivate the viewer.

A student at Hendersonvil le High School, Duyen arrived with her family from Vietnam in 2009 and began the challenging process of learning English while keeping pace with classmates. She also began exploring the creation of digital art. “Since my artwork has mainly been digital art on the computer, I haven’t used much of my culture in my artwork, but I am still working on my digital portfolio, and I would like to have a few pieces of work incorporating Vietnam.”

For In Full Bloom, Duyen says, “I used Adobe Photoshop to create the entire piece. We study different styles and technical ways to create digital designs. For In Full Bloom, I was able to make it three-dimensional. I am very detailed with my artwork, and this is my most complex piece. I spent probably twenty hours on this project, and it has over twenty layers.” She plans to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville next year. Duyen is strong in math, taking honors trigonometry and calculus, and plans to study accounting or engineering, but “art will always be my hobby,” she says.

Duyen Pham, In Full Bloom, 2014, Digital art, 9” x 11”

LISA QU Brentwood High School


hile attending the Governor’s School for the Arts last summer, Lisa was introduced to the process of making sculpture. With a passion for the newly acquired medium and challenged in class at Brentwood to create wearable art that showed emotion, she created a headdress inspired by African tribal tradition. The result is a Vision Award Nomination that is both flamboyant and majestic—a piece that elicits both surprise and awe in viewers. “It’s a lot of fun,” Lisa says, “but it is not fun to wear. It’s heavy and hurts your head.”

Inspired by African tribal headwear and animals such as the antelope and armed with sketches, Lisa crafted the headdress that rises from a welded steel crown. Using the school’s welding machines and wood shop, she added the massive horns and created details with an impressive array of feathers and beads. The one word title, Pride, reflects the diversity of life and culture.

Lisa embraces the arts and believes it is important for every student. “Art gives you a better feel for the world, better perception, and opens you to change. I can’t imagine my life not having art in it,” she says.

Lisa Qu, Pride, 2014, Mixed media headdress, 44” x 22” x 11”

The high school senior has been admitted to Washington University in St. Louis through early decision. She has yet to decide on a major but wants a minor in art. NashvilleArts.com

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