HO CHI MINH C. David Thomas

Pacific Bridge Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Gallery


David Thomas joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and was sent to Pleiku, South Vietnam, as a combat engineer/artist. In 1987 he returned to Vietnam for the first time. Since then he has made more than thirty trips to Vietnam to do research and conduct programs of cultural exchange between the United States and Vietnam. Thomas has curated three exhibitions: As Seen by Both Sides: American and Vietnamese Artists Look at the War (the first major cultural exchange between the U.S. and Vietnam since the war), An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Artwork From The United States and Vietnam, and Seven Pillars: The National Treasure Artists of Vietnam. In 1999, Thomas became the first foreigner to receive the Vietnam Art Medal, Vietnam's highest art award. Since 1987 Thomas has done extensive research on Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese culture and has collected hundreds of pictures of Ho Chi Minh, stamps and other images from Vietnamese history.

Charles Fenn, born in London, has lived and worked in many countries. After five years at sea, he emigrated to the USA, landed a job in textiles and subsequently became an American citizen. As an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, he was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and subsequently to the Air Ground Aid Services (AGAS), engaged in the rescue of downed pilots and liaison with prisoners of war. While pursuing this work in Vietnam, he received invaluable help in AGAS work from Ho Chi Minh. In connection with these various pursuits, Fenn was thrice decorated for services and valor. Professionally he is a writer of plays, novels, and some nonfiction. In 1973, Fenn wrote Life of Ho, a short biography that was published in several countries and highly rated for its insight and accuracy.


C. DAVID THOMAS Biographical Information


Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, M.F.A. 1974

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 5th Year Certificate 1973

Tufts University, Medford, MA, B.F.A. 1973

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Diploma 1971-1973

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, Diploma 1964-1968



Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Professor of Art 1992-1999

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Artist in Residence 1979

University of Lowell, Lowell, MA

Instructor in Printmaking 1979

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Technical instructor 1973-1974



Founder and Director of the Indochina Arts Partnership. The IAP is a non-profit corporation begun in 1988, with the goal to promote through cultural exchanges reconciliation between the United States and the countries of Indochina.

Founding member of Gallery NAGA



Vietnam Art Medal

(First foreigner to receive highest art honor given in Vietnam) 1999

Faculty Excellence Award, Emmanuel College 1997

Nominated for the Viet Nam Peace Prize 1996



Author, "Ho Chi Minh: An Artist's Portrait" 1999-2000

This artist's book contains 110 pages of images and text

(approximately 55 of each) including a fictious diary by Ho based

on actual events in his life. The diary and factual information were

written by Charles Fenn, Ho Chi Minh's biographer and the man who

worked with Ho while in the OSS during WW II.


Curator "Seven Pillars: The National Treasure Artists of Vietnam". 1998-2000

An exhibition of art work by the leading artists of Vietnam. The

exhibition is scheduled to open in Hanoi in late 1998, after which

it will travel to the U.S. for two years. The exhibition will have its

final showing at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum in early 2000.


Curator "An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Art From the United States and Vietnam" 1992-1997

An exhibition of contemporary art work by Vietnamese and

Vietnamese/American artists organized for Smithsonian Institution

Traveling Exhibition Service


Curator, "As Seen by Both Sides: American and Vietnamese Artists look at the War". 1988-1995

An exhibition of contemporary art about the war in Vietnam by twenty

artists from each country.


Curator, "Spring 21" 1994

An exhibition of U.S. and Vietnamese artists.


Curator, "Exchanged Impressions" 1992

An exchange exhibition of fifty U.S. printamkers and fifty Vietnamese

printmakers which is traveling in both countries.

Curator, "Exchanged Impressions", An exchange exhibition of contemporary prints

between the Boston Printmakers and the Fine Arts Association in Hanoi 1991



As Seen by Both Sides: American and Vietnamese Artists Look at the War 1991

Seven Pillars: The National Treasure Artists of Vietnam, expected publication date 1999



The Boston Printmaker's Executive Board 1979-1999

Gallery NAGA Executive Board 1978-1988

Gallery NAGA Executive Board Chairman 1981-1988

Portland School of Art, Trustee 1982-1987

Veteran's For Peace 1987-1993

International Arts Association 1987-1996



Newton Free Library, Newton, MA Scheduled for 2000

Pacific Bridge Gallery, Oakland, CA Scheduled for 2000

Richard f. Brush Art Gallery, Canton, NY Scheduled for 2000

Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA Scheduled for 2000

Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hue, Vietnam Scheduled for 2001

Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME 1998

Fine Arts Association Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam 1996

Lillian Immig Gallery, Boston, MA 1995

Cox Gallery, Drury College, Springfield, MO 1993

Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York 1990

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 1990

Blanchard Gallery, Concord, MA 1990

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA 1989

Carleton College, Northfield, MN 1988

Rhode Island Community College, Lincoln & Warwick, RI 1988

Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA 1988

Newton Free Library, Newton, MA 1988

Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA 1986

Miriam Perlman, Chicago. IL 1985

Alison Fine Art, Hong Kong 1984

Emmanuel College, Boston, MA 1984

Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA 1983

Miriam Perlman, Chicago, IL 1983

Baak Gallery, Cambridge, MA 1982

Barn Gallery, Danvers, MA 1981

Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA 1980

Thumb Gallery, London, England 1980

Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME 1979

Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA 1979

The Galleries, Wellesley, MA 1977

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 1977

Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA 1976

Ainsworth Gallery, Boston, MA 1975

Andover Gallery of Fine Art, Andover, MA 1974

Nasrudin Gallery, Boston, MA 1974

Westbrook College, Portland, ME 1973

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA 1972



National Museum of Fine Arts, Ha Noi 1994

National Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City 1994

Southwest Missouri State University 1993

Rankin Fine Arts Center, Big Rapids, MI 1993

Jamaica Art Center, Queens, NY 1993

Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA 1993

Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1993

New England College Art Gallery, Henniker, NH 1993

Bell Building Art Gallery, Springfield, MO 1993

Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, Canton, NY 1993

Baxter Gallery, Portland School of Art, Portland, ME 1992

Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL 1992

Lehigh University Art Galleries 1992

Hollywood Art & Culture Center 1992

Sharon Art Center,Sharon, NH 1992

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC 1991

Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI 1991

Wight Art Gallery, UCLA, Los Angles, CA 1991

Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA 1991

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 1991

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA 1990

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO 1990

Laura Knott Gallery, Bradford College, Bradford, MA 1990

Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 1990

Salem State College, Salem, MA 1990

Gallery 410, Lowell, MA 1990

Phillips Brooks House, Harvard, Cambridge, MA 1989

The Art Institute, Boston, MA 1989

North American Print Exhibition 1976-1993

Boston Printmakers Members' Exhibition 1976-1993

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1984

Thumb Gallery, London, England 1983

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 1983

Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg, MA 1981

U.S. Information Agency Traveling Exhibition Japan 1979-1980

Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA 1975

University of Texas at El Paso 1971

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME 1968



Rockefeller Foundation Grant 1996-97

Ford Foundation Grant 1994-99

Asian Cultural Council Grant 1993, 95, 98, 99

National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant 1992

Smithsonian Institution Grant 1991

Kellogg Foundation, Expert-in-Residence, Battle Creek, MI 1991

Vietnam Veteran's of America Foundation Grant 1989

Beyond War Regional Award, Newton, MA 1989

Arts Lottery Grant, Newton, MA 1987,1989

Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, Finalist 1985,1987



Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

National Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

U.S. Army Headquarters, Washington, DC

University of Hue, Hue, Vietnam

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

AT&T, Bank of Boston, Beatrice Foods, Federal Reserve Bank, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, Gould Corporation, Henry Ford Hospital, Hyatt Regancy Hotel, Cambridge, MA, IBM (CT, NH, PA, IL), Illinois Bell, King Ranch, Texas, Lake Shore Hotel, Chicago, IL


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