Charlize Nhung Nguyễn is a Vietnamese-born Canadian artist whose work focuses on the relationship between design object and its medium. With a background in Architecture and Goldsmithing, she often works at the intersection of contemporary design and craft theory. In her most recent work, she expands her material exploration and techniques to reference the human body as a journey. In addition, Charlize holds a BFA from OCAD University. Her 2018 exhibition, Exodus: The Boat and I, had won awards and scholarships including; OCAD University’s Medal, the Carol Rapp Contemporary Jewellery Award and a scholarship of Artist-In-Residence at the Craft and Design studio of Harbourfront Center. Her work has won competition, commissions and exhibited in Canada, the United States, Romania, and Spain.



2018          BFA in Material Arts and Design, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
2011          Advanced Diploma Jewellery Arts, George Brown College, Toronto, ON
2005         Advanced Diploma in Architecture Technologist, George Brown College, Toronto, ON


2018         Design Finalist, CGA Emerging Artist Design Competition
                  One-Year Artist Residency Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre
                  Travel Assistant Grants, Canada Council of the Arts
                  Exhibition Assistant Fund, Ontario Arts Council
                  Career Launcher Grants, OCAD University
                  Exhibition Medal Award (Material Arts and Design), OCAD University
                  Spoke Club Membership Prize, OCAD University
                  Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University
                  Carol Rapp (Contemporary Jewellery) Award, OCAD University
2017         First Generation Merit Award + Bursary, OCAD University
                  Haystack Arts and Craft 7th Symposium Scholarships, Main-Deer Island, USA
                  Three-Month Artist Residence Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre
                  Design Finalist, Giovani Vaccardo Jewellery Design Competition
2016         Annual Scholarship, OCAD University
2011          Design Winner Award, Harmony Design Competition, Hoover & Strong Company+ SNAG, USA


2019          58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, ON 
                   Come Up To My Room 2019, Installation, Toronto, ON
2018          JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair, Barcelona, Spain
                   On-Any-Given-Day, curated by Melanie Egan Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
                   COLLECTIVA Meeting | International Jewellery, Porto, Portugal
                   AUTOR Contemporary Jewellery Fair, Bucharest, Romania
                   EXODUS: The Boat and I, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
                   Untitled Object, GradEx 102, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
                   Public Art, Baycrest Health & Science Centre, Toronto, ON
2017          Canadian Jewellery Expo, Toronto, ON
                   Woven Works, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016          Surface Design, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011          Design Winner, SNAG, Seattle, USA
                   GBC Grad Exhibition, Bounty SHOP at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
                   The Dominion Modern Gallery, Toronto, ON


2018-Present    Harbourfront Centre Craft & Design Studio: Jewellery, Toronto, ON
2017                     Harbourfront Centre (Summer), Craft & Design Studio: Jewellery Toronto, ON


2018-Present     Jewellery Instructor, Harbourfront Centre Toronto, ON


2017            Presentation (on Haystack 7th Symposium), OCAD University, Toronto, ON
                    Artist Talk, Haystack Arts & Craft (7th Symposium), Main-Deer Island, USA


2018            Thesis Consultant w/ artist Shary Boyle, OCAD University
                     Thesis Consultant w/ artist David Harper, OCAD University
2017            Drawing w/ artist Nancy Blum, Haystack Art Schools Collaborative, Main-Deer Island, USA
                     Engagement w/ curator PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Haystack Art Schools Collaborative, Main-Deer Island, USA
                     Studio Practice w/ artist Borris Bally, Haystack Art Schools Collaborative, Main-Deer Island, USA


2019            20 artists to check out at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2019, NOWToronto, outdoor-art-fair/ 
                      Artist of The Week, Come Up To My Room, 
2018            JOYA Artist Selection and Editorial Feature. Joya Barcelona, October.
                      AUTOR Artist Selection Announcement, Autor Contemporary Jewellery May (web)
                      OCAD’S GRADEX 2018: Four Women To Watch." SheDoesTheCity. April 3 (web) 
                      2018 Awards and Medal Winners” OCAD University Review, May 3, 2018 (web)
                      La Vanguardia Magazine, JOYA’s Editorial Feature, Barcelona, Spain
                      OCADU Artist, Program Catalogue, Toronto, ON
                      JOYA Barcelona, Artist Catalog, Barcelona, Spain
                      International Meeting, Collectiva Catalog, Porto, Portugal
2011             Winner Award feature, Hoover & Strong + Society of North American Goldsmith, Press Release
                      METALSMITH Magazine, Publication Vol.31/No.3, April, USA
                      JCK Magazine (web), April
                      National Jewellers Magazine (web) April


Canadian Council for the Arts
Craft Ontario
Harbourtfront Center
Ontario Art Council
2011-14 Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG)

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