Curator of VAALA’s “Yellow Submarine Rising”, Thuy N. D. Tran presents a new art exhibition, “Coin of Light”, with the Art Gallery at Golden West College

ART EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT—In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.

Exhibition Title: Coin of Light
On View: May 18 through May 23, 2023

Special Events:

  • Media/Campus Preview: Thursday, May 18, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 5:00-8:00pm
  • Virtual Artist Talk: Sunday, May 21, 1:00-2:00pm


GWC Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building, Rm 108
15744 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Special Hours
10:00am-2:00pm Mon-Fri, 10:00am-5pm Sat-Sun


  • Laura Black, Gallery Director and Curator
  • Thuy N. D. Tran, Art History Faculty and Independent Curator

Admission: FREE/Open to the Public
Parking: FREE/closest parking at Lot I or Lot J, with entrances from Gothard St.

Huntington Beach, CA – The Art Gallery at Golden West College is pleased to present Coin of Light, a multi-media exhibition featuring works by Ann Le, Kiyomi Fukui Nannery, Diana Nguyen, Hiromi Takizawa, and Lawrence Yun. The exhibition borrows its title from Ocean Vuong’s poem Torso of Air (2016). Vuong’s verse alludes to the moment “a coin of light appears,” signifying the instance of discovery, an illumination of an intention just beyond the boundary, or perhaps hidden within. Consider each artwork as a chance to catch sight of such a moment of revelation. Ann Le’s unnatural subjects juxtaposed against lush, tropical landscapes; Laurence Yun’s floras so veritably and delicately painted their artificiality is exposed; Kiyomi Fukui Nannery’s vulnerable experiments on ephemeral, print surfaces; hues hazily refracted by Hiromi Takizawa’s visions of light; and curious environments encapsulated in Diana Nguyen’s ceramic works. The other side awaits.

For more information, please contact Laura Black, Gallery Director, at or
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