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Txaus Siab, Our Hmong Pride

March 20 - April 28; Reception: March 20 6-8pm Coffman Memorial Union, Second Floor Gallery

This exhibit by Hmong sand artist Coua Lee pays homage to the generations who fought to keep Hmong culture and traditions alive and to the future generations who will keep the legacy. They take pride in their history and preserve their culture through their vibrant clothes, home-cooked meals, folklores and the passing of rituals.


Lee hopes that Hmong people can find healing in sharing their stories about where they have been and where they are going. Through sand art, she hopes that people can come together in a safe and stress-free environment where they strive towards wellness. The story of sand art is a simple, yet powerful truth: when we heal together, we are stronger.

Coua Lee is an inspiring, self-taught sand artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. Born and raised in Fresno, California to Hmong refugee parents, she paints artistic stories about culture, mental health, humanity, nature, and biblical stories. Her work is inspired by the events around her, the people she meets and her imagination. Her creative process is highly spiritual in that she must go through a journey herself to create the stories. Lee’s hope as a sand artist is to inspire everyone to tell their own stories to promote healing, creativity, and self-identity.

All are invited to an opening reception on March 20 from 6-8 PM

Meet artist Coua Lee and enjoy a demonstration on sand art in the first floor lounge outside of the theater / Coffman Art Gallery. The reception is presented in partnership with the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and Women's Hmong Student Group VIIVNCAUS.

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