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 Goldsmith, she often works at the intersection of contemporary design and Craft’s theory. In her most recent work, she expands her material exploration and techniques to reference the human body as a journey. In addition to her background, she holds a BFA in Material Arts and Design from OCAD University. Her 2018 exhibition Exodus: The Boat and I had won awards and scholarships including the OCAD University’s Medal, the Carol Rapp Contemporary Jewellery, and a one-year scholarship Artist-In-Residence at the Craft and Design studio of Harbourfront Centre. Her work has won competition, commissions and exhibited in shows in Canada, the United States, and Southeastern Europe.

Artist Statement

"I play with form, space, and contemporary material design to narrate an intimate experience. As a survivor of the Vietnamese Diasporas - the Boat People, I seek authenticity of my work through my concept and the diasporic relationships. Thus, allowing my process to cross disciplines where needed." Charlize-Nhung



2018   Material Arts and Design. BFA, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

2011   Jewellery Arts. Advanced Diploma, George Brown College, Toronto, ON.

2005   Architecture. Advanced Diploma, George Brown College, Toronto, ON.


2018   Finalist, CGA Emerging Artist Design Competition, Toronto, ON.

            One-Year Artist-in-Residence Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

            Exhibition Medal Award (Material Arts and Design), OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

            Spoke Club Membership Prize

            Nora E. Vaughan Award

            Carol Rapp Award

2017  Three-Month Scholarship Artist-in-Residence,  Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

            Haystack Arts and Craft 7th Symposium Scholarships, Main-Deer Island, U.S.A.

            FirstGeneration MeritAward+Fund, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

            Finalist-Jewellery Design (JCK Competition),Toronto, ON.

2011  Harmony Designer Winner Award, SNAG+Hoover Strong, U.S.A. 


2018   Exhibition Assistant Fund, Ontario Arts Council, ON.

            Career Launcher Grants, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.


2018     JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair, Barcelona, Spain.

              On-Any-Given-Day Exhibition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

              Collectiva Meeting | International Jewellery, Porto, Portugal.   

               Autor Contemporary Jewellery Fair,Bucharest, Romania. 

               Exodus: The Boat and I (GradEX103), OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

               Public Art (woven work), Baycrest Health & Science Centre, Toronto, ON.

2017     Canadian Jewellery Expo, Toronto, ON.

               GradEX102 (Object), OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

               Woven Works, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCA DUniversity, Toronto, ON.

2016      Surface Design, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.

2011      Design Winner, Society of North American Goldsmith Conference, Seattle, U.S.A.

               Bounty Gallery+Shop at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

              The Dominion Modern Gallery, Toronto,ON.


2018     Teach/Instructor, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON. *On-going

               Studio Jeweller, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON. *On-going

               Gallery Attendant, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, ON. *On-going

              Second Treasury, MAAD’s Thesis Catalog, Toronto, ON.

              Artist Talk (Haystack 7th Symposium), OCAD University, Toronto, ON. 

2017    Artist-In-Residence, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,ON. (Three-Month).

              Artist Presentation, Haystack Arts and Craft (7th Symposium), Main-Deer Island, U.S.A

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