Noted Poet and Visual Artist in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art in February

Dallas, TX, January 30, 2005—The Dallas Museum of Art today announced Mộng-Lan, a poet and visual artist, will serve as poet/artist-in-residence at the Museum during February, as well as lead two Young Writers Workshops for Arts & Letters Live in February. In addition, she will participate in a variety of public programs such as Literary Cafe, Sketching in the Galleries, Gallery Talks and teacher workshops.

As poet/artist-in-residence, Mộng-Lan will be participating in a National Endowment for the Arts grant exploring the interrelatedness of the arts. She will work primarily with students from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Middle School, using works from the Dallas Museum of Art’s permanent collection as inspiration for writing.

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Artist-in-Residence Program is designed to support the Museum’s and its school partners’ shared belief in the value of arts education through exploration of the creative process, integration of the arts into all academic areas, and collaboration with professional artists. The program will engage more than 750 students during the 2004–2005 school year. The Artist-in-Residence School Partnership Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, a selection of Mộng-Lan’s paintings and photographs will be on view in the Museum’s Discovery Room. She will lead Sketching in the Galleries at 7 p.m. each Thursday evening, beginning Feb. 3 and continuing throughout the month.

On Feb. 5 and 26, Mộng-Lan will lead the Arts & Letters Live Young Writers Workshops. The Feb. 5 workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street. The Feb. 26 workshop, using works of art as inspiration for writing, will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art. Young Writers Workshops are for aspiring writers ages 13–18. There is no charge for the workshops. Call 214/922-1219 to register.

As part of the Feb. 18 Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art presented by Starbucks Coffee, Mộng-Lan will be featured at the Arts & Letters Live Literary Cafe, where she will discuss her poetry and art.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Mộng-Lan immigrated to the United States at the age of five with her family after the war. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Capitol House in Washington, D.C., and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in Tokyo libraries. Mộng-Lan served as a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 2000 to 2002 and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Vietnam in 2003. Her poems have appeared in a variety of distinguished publications including The Best American Poetry of 2002. Her first book of poems, Song of the Cicadas, won the 2000 Juniper Prize.