Vy Vu is a queer Vietnamese artist, educator, and organizer based out of the DMV area and Hanoi, Vietnam. She uses her arts as a tool to uplift collective voices and shift power to communities. Vy works with a variety of mediums such as painting, printmaking, digital illustration, and sculpture, tailoring her artistry to fit the needs of different communities. She hopes to offer a different perspective on art as a communal process that helps communities heal, celebrate and reclaim their identities in the face of injustice. Vy believes in creating and organizing with intention, spiritual groundedness, humbleness and mutual accountability.
Vy got a B.A. degree in English and Studio Art from the College of Wooster in Ohio and is attending Maryland Institute College of Art in Fall 2019 to pursue an MFA in Community Arts. This past year, Vy served as a full-time Reproductive Justice Sr. Fellow at the Young Women's Project and a part-time Communications Fellow with Community Change. She recently started working as a full-time freelance artist (taking commissions world-wide). Vy's illustrations have appeared on Vietnam Airlines for their April in-flight magazine. Some of Vy's other projects include: creating mobilization art for 2019 March for Our Schools (Anapolis, Maryland), 2019 Women's March on Washington; live creating and speaking at 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions: Justice Assembly; and speaking as a panelist for An ContinuingTalk On Race for Women's History Month panel at Busboys & Poets 14 & V.
In her free time, Vy loves going into the woods, or near the water, reading, journaling and sketching. She enjoy watching the sun sets, siting under the moon and climbing trees, all of which help her connect with her ancestor, her roots, and inspire her to create for her personal healing.