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Traditional & Contemporary

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

December 10, 2022 - January 20, 2023

Exhibition Artwork

The Artists

Bertrand Mao (毛戎)

Bertrand Mao was born in 1932 in Jiangsu Province, China. He served as a government official in the line of education and cultural affairs. He has practiced as a lifetime hobby in Chinese calligraphy and traditional landscape painting. After retiring from government service, he started teaching Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting in the Greater Washington, DC area. He was a faculty membr at the University of Maryland University College, American University, and Montgomery College. He now is a resident artist at the Metropolitan Center for Visual Arts (VisArts) in Rockville, MD. He has also demonstrated and lectured widely at livraries, art museums, and government institutions in the Greater Washington, DC area and across the country. He has exhibited in the United States, Japan, Mainland China, and Taiwan. His work was also selected by th eUS Department of State to be included in the Embassy Program, which exhibits artwork in the US embassies abroad. Most recently, he filed a lecture and demonstration for the Centennial Celevration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art.

Lin-Lin Mao

Lin-Lin Mao Mollitor is Bertrand Mao's eldest child. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Lin-Lin and her family moved to the United States in 1965 when she was a young child. She has always enjoyed making art and crafts. Lin-Lin grew up in Montgomery Country, Maryland. After high school, she moved to greater Boston, Massachusetts where she attended university and graduate school. Lin-Lin studied computer science at university and also took fine art classes. She combined her training in computer science and love of painting in graduate school. For her master's thesis project in 1985, Lin-Lin created a digital paint program that allowed the user to design their own library of digital paintbrush textures to paint with on an early IBM PC with a color monitor. Lin-Lin worked for IBM for many years. She left the workforce to be a full-time at-home parent to her children. After both her children were in college, Lin-Lin studied fine art and earned an MFA in 2017. She is currently living in Seattle with her husband where she creates installation art and paintings. She is an emerging artist and several of her installations have been selected by jury for temporary public art exhibitions in Seattle. Lin-Lin recently was selected to create a public art piece on a 400-feet long by 6-feet tall chain link fence in the East Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. This piece, which will be installed in the summer of 2023 and exhibited for six months, is commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to enliven construction fences during the Ship Canal Water Quality Project.

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