Southeast Asian
Artists-in-Residence Program

Previous artists in residence, 2018–2019
Previous artists in residence, 2018–2019.

The Worcester Art Museum’s annual Southeast Asian Artist-in-Residence program invites artists who live and work in Southeast Asia to come to Worcester to convene with communities and explore local issues through art. During the six-week program, artists work within the Museum and throughout the Worcester area to create and engage directly with Museum visitors and surrounding local communities. This includes working within the Museum’s studio spaces and galleries, meeting with local artists, and immersing themselves in aspects of Worcester life that interest them. With cultural exchange at its core, the program allows the Museum to serve as a platform for world-renowned artists to work with Worcester-area communities on a direct level to generate and share ideas. Through a variety of public programs—including open studio hours for Museum visitors to learn more about their work—the residency creates an immersive experience that highlights creativity and connection.

Press Release

The Southeast Asian Artist-in-Residence program at WAM was founded in 2018 in collaboration with the Indochina Arts Partnership and the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts.

This program is supported in part by the IAP Fund at WAM and a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Support for 2023 artist housing provided in part by Homewood Suites by Hilton Worcester.

Related Programs

Open Studio

August 27, noon–2 pm
Higgins Education Wing, studios 100 and 101
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Open Studio

September 3, noon–2 pm
Higgins Education Wing, studios 100 and 101
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Open Studio

September 10, noon–2 pm
Higgins Education Wing, studios 100 and 101
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After Hours: Summer Sendoff Party

September 20, 6–8 pm
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Meet the 2023 Artists

Arahmaiani FeisalArahmaiani Feisal is one of Indonesia’s most influential and respected contemporary artists. She is internationally recognized for her powerful and provocative commentaries on social, political, and cultural issues. Her work has grappled with contemporary politics; violence, particularly towards women; female discrimination; critique of capital; the female body; and her own identity, which although Muslim, still mediates between Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs. Known professionally as Arahmaiani, she has been practicing her artistic approach through the mediums of performance art, video, installation, drawing, and painting since the early 1980s.

Nguyễn Phương LinhNguyễn Phương Linh is an internationally recognized artist, having exhibited her work across Asia, Europe, and the United States. Her multidisciplinary practice spans installation, sculpture, and video. In her art, she explores geographic cultural shift, traditional roots, and fragmented history in Vietnam—a complex nexus of ethnicities, religions, and cultural and geo-political influences. Her works contemplate the visible/invisible truth, form, and time, to convey a pervasive sense of dislocation and the ephemeral. In 2011, Phuong Linh co-founded and co-directed the Nha San Collective, a group of young artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of expression in Vietnam as well as supporting other young artists in the community. She is based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Past Artists in Residence


Richard Streitmatter-TranRichard Streitmatter-Tran was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Adopted by an American family in Massachusetts, he grew up on Cape Cod during the 1970s and 1980s and was drawn to works by quintessential New England artists, such as Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. Since moving to Vietnam more than 15 years ago, he has established his artistic career in Southeast Asia, as well as Asia and Europe. During his residency at WAM, Streitmatter-Tran studied works by Hopper, Homer, and John Singer Sargent from the Museum’s permanent collection. He created a series of new works about contemporary Massachusetts using techniques, such as painting with watercolor and gouache on silk, which he has developed in Vietnam over the past few years.

Jennifer TeoFounded in 2007, Post-Museum is an independent cultural and social art collective in Singapore, which aims to encourage and support a thinking and proactive community. Working in the space between visual arts and social activism, Post-Museum has been creating art, as well as curating, organizing, writing, and lecturing in Singapore and abroad for 12 years. They maintain an open platform for examining contemporary life, connecting people, and promoting the arts. Post-Museum co-founder Jennifer Teo represented the group during its residency at WAM, where she worked with local residents to create Worcester Really Really Free Market. Part of a worldwide movement and social experiment, Post-Museum’s ongoing Really Really Free Market series (2009-present) forms a temporary ‘free’ market zone based on an alternative gift economy.


Nguyễn Thế SơnNguyễn Thế Sơn, of Hanoi, Vietnam, is a professor of fine arts in Hanoi who studied photography in Beijing. Fascinated by life on the streets, especially the ubiquitous, ever-toiling, low-wage earners who are so easily overlooked, Thế Sơn uses his photography to create large-scale, layered and sculptural dioramas that reflect his street experiences. He intends to do similar work once he arrives in Worcester. This trip was his first to the United States.

Nguyễn Kim Tố LanNguyễn Kim Tố Lan is a multidisciplinary artist in in Ho Chi Minh City, who helped found Sao La Collective, an independent art collective in the southern region of Vietnam. Community oriented, she and fellow artists have been working towards a multi-form "art" approach and creating more public engagement.

About the Indochina Arts Partnership

Established in 1987 by David Thomas, a Vietnam veteran, the Indochina Arts Partnership (IAP) is an organization for art, cultural, and educational exchanges between the United States and Vietnam. Since founding, the IAP has supported more than 70 artists and cultural representatives through our residency program. The organization’s early success includes important exhibitions namely As Seen from Both Sides (1991), Seven Pillars (1994), and An Ocean Apart (1995). Since 2016, IAP furthered the discussions of arts among artists in countries of Southeast Asia, creating cross-sectorial partnerships, and supports projects that promote cultural diversity. Having achieved its mission, the organization closed in 2019 and established the IAP Fund at WAM to continue supporting the Southeast Asian Artist-in-Residence program.

About the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Inc. (SEAC) was founded in 1999 to address the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate support services for Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees in Central Massachusetts, which include Laotians, Cambodians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Burmese, and Vietnamese. SEAC's mission is to help Southeast Asians in Central Massachusetts successfully integrate into mainstream society, thrive, and become contributing citizens while maintaining their unique cultural identity. SEAC provides assistance with more than 10,000 client visits annually, reaches 6,000 people at public events, and offers a robust cultural program to help strengthen the local Asian community and bring healing to displaced refugees and immigrants. In 2015, SEAC earned the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Excellence Award for the small non-profit category.