Lara Nguyen is an artist who currently teaches at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the eldest of five children. Nguyen holds a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named the 1998 Outstanding Senior in Fine Arts. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2002. While attending SIUC on a full tuition scholarship she was awarded the SIUC’s Joint Women’s Studies and Women’s Professional Advancement Grant. Upon graduation she was hired as an Assistant Professor and Foundation Coordinator at California State University, Long Beach where she taught until 2006. From 2006 to 2012 she taught at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. Nguyen has exhibited nationally in Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and internationally in Canada, Japan, Korea, Paraguay and Scotland.