Phong Bui came to the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in the spring of 2009 with a project in mind for the Center to publish his portrait drawings of contemporary artists and art world figures as a limited portfolio of offset lithograph prints. The artist made additions by staining the paper of the prints with tea and hand coloring. Several of the artists selected for the folio have been interviewed by Bui in the Brooklyn Rail, his monthly journal which offers critical perspectives on arts, politics, and culture in New York City.
Bui is a multi-faceted artist, writer and independent curator. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He continued his post graduate studies at the New York Studio School of drawing, painting and sculpture. He is currently a curatorial advisor at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, MOMA affiliate.
Two of his installations in 2006 won him the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Pierogi, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Bui has lectured at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Bard College, Haverford College, and the School of Visual Arts. He has won an Arcadia Traveling Fellowship, a Hobenberg Traveling Fellowship, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship.