|By Melynda Seaton, Department of Art
COMMERCE, TX—The University Gallery at Texas A&M University-Commerce is pleased to announce Du Chau | The Silence that Speaks | 1998-2023.
The exhibition is on view from Tuesday, January 9, through Thursday, February 22, at The University Gallery at 2005 University Drive in Commerce. An artist lecture and reception will be held on Wednesday, January 31, as follows:
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment.
The exhibition features artwork from the last 25 years of Du Chau’s career, including well-known porcelain and wire pieces, archival pigment prints, silkscreen prints, bronze, and other mixed media. Chau’s themes evoke gripping yet tender memories of childhood, family, and personal growth in the aftermath of war, presented as visually stunning experiences. Each piece invites the viewer to slow down, contemplate, and reflect.
According to Amy Lewis Hofland, senior director at Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas:
Du Chau’s work invites us to be inside the bountiful: a life that knows its preciousness, abundance, and the imminent practicality of death. Natural forms are the familiar nearby: that within us and around us invites our wonder and our awe at the indescribable mystery of it all. His work, to witness it, is the experience: he calls us into the field. His stories become our stories through intense color, delicate forms, and the tenacious practice of breathtaking diversity.
About the Artist
Du Chau was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1981. He pursued a medical career and is currently a Methodist Hospital of Dallas pathology technical coordinator. After taking art classes at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, he took a sabbatical from his medical career to pursue BFA and MFA degrees at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In addition to his medical practice, Du Chau is also an adjunct ceramics instructor at Dallas College.
Chau has exhibited his work at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Amarillo Museum of Arts, and Wichita Falls Museum of Art. Chau’s artwork is in collections at the University of Texas in Austin, Dallas College, the Curaumilla Art Center in Chile, CRETA Rome in Italy, Honos Contemporary Art Gallery in Italy, the Alfred Art Ceramic Museum in New York, and the Museum Complex at the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria.
Chau was a visiting scholar at the University of Port Harcourt and Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria in 2019. He received the 2017 NCECA International Residency Award, which allowed him to work at the Curaumilla Arts Center in Chile. In 2016, they awarded him a residency from the CRETA Foundation in Rome, Italy.
Learn more about the artist at https://www.duchauwebsite.com/