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Jade Nguyễn is a photographer and artist born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and currently based in central Illinois, United States, where she is pursuing her MFA degree at Illinois State University. Her work documents the rapidly changing cultural landscape of her hometown in the age of industrialization and the impact of globalization on the image of post-colonial Vietnam.


MFA in Photography, Illinois State University, 2021-present.

BFA in Photography and Graphic Design, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2017-2021


in our place, Midwest Nice Art, Aberdeen, SD, 2023.  

returning to/trở về, two-person exhibition, Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, IL, 2023

14,000km, solo exhibition, Rachel Cooper Gallery, Illinois State University, IL, 2022.  

Student Annual, Illinois State University, IL, 2022.

McLean County Art Exhibition, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL, 2021.

Incoming MFA Exhibition, Illinois State University, IL, 2021.  

Best of SUNY Art, SUNY Plaza, NY, 2021.

College Student Juried Art Exhibition, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY, 2021.

Senior BFA Exhibition, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY, 2020.  

Student Selection Exhibition, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY, 2018-2020.


Lenscratch Student Prize, Top 26, 2023.

Robert Small Award for Writing, Illinois State University, 2023.

Karen Deske Scholarship, Illinois State University, 2023.

Karolee Johnson Memorial Award, Illinois State University, 2023.

Image of Research, 2nd-place, Illinois State University, 2022.

Graduate Student Merit Fellowship, Illinois State University, 2022.

Barbara J. Parnass Scholarship in Photography, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2021.

Winkel Scholarship of the Arts, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2018-2020.