Baltimore, Maryland Second Award: $6,000 Age: 24 "I have learned to be strong and perseverant in the journey of making my art works; no risk, no miracle." A native of China, Xi Nan began to explore studio art, particularly ceramics, as a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In the initial learning process of art-making, Nan watched with frustration as her first batches of ceramics would crack, melt down, and not survive the firing. This paralleled her frustration as a child and the many years of physical therapy she underwent as a result of the disability in both her legs and right hand. Recalling her father's tireless encouragement and hope, Nan reimagined her frustration into perseverance to improve and refine her artistic skills.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012