April 8, 2011
Tram Nguyen is a senior art major at OBU from Bentonville, Ark. Nguyen is originally from Vietnam, but she moved to Arkansas when she was 6 years old. She said this dramatic change affected her life greatly, and the impact of it plays an important role in her artwork.
“The inspiration for most of my world is based on my human experience which includes my faith, passion and travels,” Nguyen said. “My faith and love of missions and culture has really driven me to produce the art work that I do.”
Nguyen will showcase her artwork in a senior art show titled “My Anthropology,” which opens Friday, April 15, from 7-10 p.m. in the Art Building on the OBU campus. The public is invited to attend the opening, which will feature art, music and food. The show will run from April 15-21.
The senior artist said she aspires to use both her gift in art and her passion for God’s work throughout her life.
“My desire is to work with people and share the Gospel through art,” Nguyen said, “There a hundreds of people groups out there that learn through the visual arts, and I would love to be able to help which ever people group worship Christ in their own form of art that is relevant to their culture.”
Nguyen said her passion for missions and ministry started during her first mission trip through OBU’s Global Outreach Center in January 2009. She traveled to South Asia to minister among the Kai people, a group adopted by OBU. She served as a team leader to visit the group again in January 2011, and she said she hopes her future includes additional missions endeavors.
“My goal is to glorify God in all that I do –- especially in my work -– because without His gift, I would not be able to do it,” she said.