Wing Young Huie

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Contact Information

contact name: Wing Young Huie
email: info@wingyounghuie.com

location address:
3730 Franklin Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55407

open to public: yes
hours: Open by appointment

Experience

Bio

Photographer Wing Young Huie has received international acclaim for his many projects that document the changing cultural landscape of his home state Minnesota. His most well-known work is the Lake Street USA exhibition, which in the summer and fall of 2000 transformed six miles of a well-known Minneapolis thoroughfare into one of the most remarkable public art projects in recent memory.

An epic gallery of 675 images ranging in size from 8 by 10 inches to 8 by 12 feet, was installed in store windows, bus stops, billboards, sides of buses, and on the sides of buildings. This monumental yet accessible exhibition reflected the dizzying mixture of socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural realities that encompass the dozen disparate neighborhoods connected by a singular street.

Another important, earlier work is Frogtown, a portrait of an inner-city St. Paul neighborhood known in the local press for its struggle with drugs, prostitution, and violence. In an effort to shed light on the realities behind the media stories, Wing spent two years photographing the diverse neighborhood, which is also home to one of the largest Hmong communities in the country. The resulting exhibition was a groundbreaking outdoor installation on a vacant grass lot in Frogtown, that was open 24 hours a day.

Wing has also extensively photographed small-towns in Minnesota, where the challenges of increasing diversity are felt even more dramatically. Another unique project was a three month collaboration with Schalemar Flying Horse, a 15-year-old girl in Minneapolis. The exhibition combined Wing’s photographs of her interactions with family, friends, schoolmates and neighbors, and Schalemar’s, personal items, poems, and an hour-length video documenting Schalemar’s daily life from her own vantage point.

Awards

McKnight Photography Fellowship, 1999, 1994.
Forecast Exhibition Grant, 1999, 1994.
Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaborations Grant, 1998, 1994.
Minnesota 2000 Photo Documentary Project, 1997.
Bush Artist Fellowship, 1996.
Rivers Merging, a collaboration grant offered by the Asian American Renaissance and the Minnesota Artists
Exhibition Program, 1994. (Kim Hines, collaborator).
Minnesota Historical Society Research Grant, 1993.
Best book by a local author, "Lake Street USA," City Pages, 2002.
Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Award (LIN), St. Paul Companies, 2001.
US Bank Sally Irvine Ordway Vision Award, 2001.
Committee On Urban Environment Award (CUE), City of Minneapolis Planing Department, 2000.
"Artist of the Year," Mpls StarTribune. 2000.

Exhibitions/Performance History

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

9 MONTHS IN AMERICA, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, 2004.

WING YOUNG HUIE: PHOTOGRAPHS, Kiehle Gallery, St. Cloud State University, MN, 2003.

WING YOUNG HUIE/SCHALEMAR FLYING HORSE, Saint John's University, Collegeville, 2002.

WING YOUNG HUIE/SCHALEMAR FLYING HORSE, Franklin Art Works, Mpls, MN, 2001.

LAKE STREET USA, Lake Street, Mpls, MN. A six-mile public exhibit on Lake Street. 675 photos. 2000.

FACES OF MINNESOTA, Normandale Community College, Mpls, MN, 1999.

WHO's YOUR NEIGHBOR, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1999.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY INVITATIONAL, North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN, 1998.

FROGTOWN/LAKE STREET, Boliou Hall Gallery, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1998.

FROGTOWN: Portrait of a Community, Frogtown, St. Paul, MN, A public outdoor installation. 173 photos. 1995.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOCIAL ACTORS IN TRANSFORMATION, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2003.

SANCTUARY: AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY FIFTY ARTISTS, Cyrus M. Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 2003.

THE VIEW FROM HERE: RECENT PICTURES FROM CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE AMERICAN MIDWEST, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 2002.

MINNESOTA 2000, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN, 2000.

THE FOOT IN THE DOOR SHOW 2000, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mpls, MN, 2000.

PEOPLE, PLACES, CONNECTIONS, Intermedia Arts, Mpls, MN, 1999.

PARAMETERS SQUARED, Minnesota Dance Alliance, Mpls, MN. Collaboration with choreographer David Shimotakahara and musician Gustavo Aguilar. 1999.

DIALOGUES: WING YOUNG HUIE/PAUL BEATTY, Walker Art Center, Mpls, MN, 1999.

UNFINISHED HISTORY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Ill, 1999. 23 international artists.

UNFINISHED HISTORY, Walker Art Center, Mpls, MN. 23 international artists. 1998.

FACE VALUE, Minneapolis College of Art & Design Gallery, Mpls, MN. 50 photos. 1998.

ARTISTS WORK TO BUILD COMMUNITY, Hennepin County Government Center, Mpls, MN, 1997.

FROGTOWN, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN, 1995.

DIVERSITY ART WORKS, Hennepin County Government Center, Mpls, MN, 1996.

“FAMILIES,” Minnesota Historical Center, Mpls, MN, 1995.

MCKNIGHT/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FELLOWSHIP 1994 RECIPIENTS EXHIBITION, Mpls, MN. 1995.

RIVERS MERGING, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mpls, MN. A collaboration performance with playwright/actor Kim Hines titled: "Colored Only. Looking for reasons behind black memorabilia." 1995.

ECONO MIES, HANS ACCOLA AND RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA, Walker Art Center, Mpls, MN, 1995.

PHOTOGRAPHY & COMMUNITY, Asian American Arts Center, NY, NY, 1994.

“THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY,” Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, 1994.

PHOTO BIENNIAL, Westport Arts Center, Westport, Connecticut. A national juried exhibition and competition. 1994.

MINNESOTA JURIED EXHIBITION, Minneapolis Photographer’s Gallery, juried show. 1994.

ENEMIES of the PEOPLE, Two Rivers Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. 5 photos. 1994.

NEW ROOTS: FAMILIES WHO CAME TO MINNESOTA, A Traveling Exhibit by the Minnesota Historical Society, 1993.

ART MOVES, St. Paul Strolls the Arts, World Trade Center, St. Paul, MN, 1991.

VOICES AND VISIONS: A MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION, Hamline College, St. Paul, MN, 1991.

ICON/IMAGE: PHOTOGRAPHS IN MIAMI COLLECTIONS. Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida, 1984.

Collections

Walker Art Center
Minnesota Historical Society
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Galleries

TWO WOMEN, Weinstein Gallery, Mpls, MN, 2001.

SMALL WORLD: IMAGES OF CHILDREN, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Mpls, MN, 1997.

Publications

BIBLIOGRAPHY

A Shot of Reality: student photographers document their neighborhoods."

Post-Bulletin, Rochester. Aug. 2, 2002.Stangel, Foster. "Art Works in Progress." The Circle. July 2001.

Abbe, Mary. "Picturing Schalemar." FreeTime, Star Tribune. June 21, 2001.

Franklin, Robert. "8 artists, activists win grants." (Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN) grant). May 31, 2001.

Rubinstein, Maria. "Lake Street USA photographer honored with Ordway Irvine Vision Award." Longfellow/Nokomis Messenger. Feb.2001.

Habich, John. "Five Minnesota cultural leaders will get U.S. Bank 'Sally' awards." Star Tribune. January 5, 2001.

Mack, Linda. "Minneapolis people projects take a CUE." Star Tribune. November 7, 2000.

Abbe, Mary. "1999 McKnight Award winners review." Star Tribune. August 27, 2000.

"100 People To Watch." Mpls. St. Paul. Feb. 2000.

"Best Public Art Project." City Pages. May 2, 2001.

Harris, Phyllis Louise. "Artist of the Year Wing Young Huie: Extraordinary Photographer of Ordinary Lives." Asian Pages. April 1-14, 2001.

Abbe, Mary. “Artist of the Year,” Mpls StarTribune, pp. F1, 5, December 31, 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Steiner, Andy. “It’s a Snap,” Minnesota Monthly, p. 40, December 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Rubinstein, Maria. "Huie captures Lake Street spirit in monumental photo exhibit." Longfellow/Nokomis Messenger. November 2000.

Hirsch, Caroline. “The Great Wall of Photos,” Popular Photography, p. 21, November 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Hoekstra, Joel. “Down on Lake Street,” Minnesota, pp. 54—60, September—October 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Peter Ritter/Sybil French. "The A-List: Lake Street Crawl." City Pages. August 9, 2000.

"Picturing Lake Street." Minnesota Monthly. August 2000.

Nelson, Rick. "Picture this: Great Lake Street eats." FreeTime, Star Tribune. July 21, 2000.

Lohn, Martiga. “Street gallery,” Duluth News Tribune, 3, 10, Wednesday, July 12, 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Abbe, Mary. “Takin’ it to the street,” Mpls StarTribune, p. F3, Sunday, July 9, 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

"Something's happening here." Editorial, Southwest Journal. June 26-July 9, 2000.

"About Town: Editors choices & listings of entertainment this month. Lake Street USA." Mpls. St. Paul. July 2000.

"Street Portraits: The world according to Wing Young Huie." Arts & Entertainment. Siren. July 2000.

Peiken, Matt. “Taking it to the street,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1A, 7A, Friday, June 30, 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Ritter, Peter. “Zoom. Photographer Wing Young Huie’s massive Lake Street USA project reveals six hundred ways of seeing a city,” City Pages, pp. 12—23, June 28, 2000. Article on Lake Street USA.

Picone, Linda. "Lake Street images to go on display." Southwest Journal. May 8-21, 2000.

"Best Place to Hike (Urban): Lake Street Minneapolis." City Pages. May 2, 2000.

Kordosky, Jenny. "Wing Young Huie Interview." Arise. May 2000.

Chu, Ingrid. frieze, issue 46, May 1999, p. 94. Review of Unfinished History.

Riddle, Mason. “Words, photos forcefully highlight racial experiences,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 15, 1999. Review of Dialogues: Paul Beatty/Wing Young Huie.

Dell-Orto, Giovanni. “A Global Main Street.” Minnesota Daily, p.13. April 1, 1999. Discussion of Dialogues: Paul Beatty/Wing Young Huie.

Abbe, Mary. “Photos capture changing cultures,” Mpls StarTribune, pp. E4—5, March 12, 1999. Review of Dialogues: Paul Beatty/Wing Young Huie.

Mellskog, Pam. “Photographer Wing Young Huie,” revue, March 4, 1999. Review of Dialogues: Paul Beatty/Wing Young Huie.

"Main Street: Wing Young Huie's Lake Street Portfolio." City Pages. Sept. 10, 1997.

Pete Kotz. "Bookshelf: Avenue of Dreams." Midwest Living. August 2002.

"Best of: Best book by a local author." City Pages. May 1, 2002.

Armstrong, Robert. "Photos reflect vibrant lives on Lake Street."
Star Tribune. March 2002.

Howell, Lydia. "Lake Street USA". Southside Pride. Feb. 2002.

Doubletake. Lake Street USA book review. Fall 2001.

Kathy Graves, “Discoveries and inspirations, 1997.” Southwest Journal, 2/11/98.

Mary Abbe, “Photographers try to find ‘real’ person in their lenses.” Mpls Star Tribune, 1/30/98

Mason Riddle, “The Art of Recognition.” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 12/28/97.

Dominic P. Papatola, “Exposures.” Duluth News Tribune, 6/30/96

Allison Campbell, “Wing Young Huie: Exploring New Territory.” MPLS. ST. PAUL.

Kevin Frazzini, “Frogtown: Portrait of a Neighborhood.” MInnesota Monthly, May 1995.

Amy Lapinsky, “Triple Exposure.” Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, 1995.

Chip Johnson, “Portrait of a Neighborhood.” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6/2/98.

Julie Caniglia, “McKnight Photography Fellowship Exhibition.” City Pages, 11/2/95.

Mary Abbe, “He takes his work to the street.” Mpls Star Tribune, 5/26/95.

Melissa Cooperman, “Photo Documentary Chronicles Life in Frogtown.” Minnesota Daily, 6/1/95.

Julie Caniglia, “The A List.” City Pages. 5/24/95.

Andrew Bacskai, “Snapshots and Styrofoam.” Skyway News, 5/23/95.

Diane Hellekson, “Portrait of a Neighborhood.” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5/27/95.

Mark Anthony Rolo, COLORS Magazine, Spring 1997.

Rudolph J. Vecoli, Minnesota History Magazine, Fall 1997.

Mary Divine, Recommended Reading, Minnesota, a University Alumni

Association Magazine, May/June 1997.

North Dakota History, Spring 1997.

Maury Prater, Frogtown Times, January 1997.

Photo Review, Summer/Fall 1997.
Doris J. Jew, Pacific Reader, Spring/Summer 1997.

Allison Campbell, MPLS.ST.Paul, November 1996.

George Slade, pARTS Journal, November/December 1996.

Laurie Hertzel, Minnesota Monthly, December 1996.

Monsour, Theresa. "In juvenile center, photos tell stories: 48 works of Wing Young Huie on display in downtown St. Paul." Pioneer Press. May 14, 2002.

Kimball, Joe. "Photos may get kids talking: art display would target children in detention center." Faces & Places, Star Tribune. April, 2002.

"A Photographer's Red Ink Turns Black." Mpls. St. Paul. May 2001.

Felien, Clea. "Photographers capture female bonds." Two Women, Weinstein Gallery. April 2001

Riddle, Mason. "Nature's Children." Small World: Images of Children, Thomas Barry Fine Arts. Nov. 6, 1997.


Biographical Information

Country of Citizenship:
United States

Birth Place:
Duluth, Minnesota

Gender:
Male

Active Place:
Minneapolis/St.Paul

Minnesota County:
Hennepin