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Artists in Conversation: Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann x Reem Bassous

Watch this engaging conversation between DC-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Hawaii-based artist Reem Bassous from December 8, 2020.

A recording of this conversation is also available on our IGTV and Vimeo channels.



Originally trained in Sumi ink painting, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann creates paintings and installations that merge traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with an approach rooted in Western abstractionism. She holds BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright to Taiwan and a recent residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions across North America, Europe, and Asia. To learn more about Katherine visit,


Reem Bassous is a painter, educator, humanitarian and curator whose work speaks to the trauma of war, memory, injustice, and the call for action. Her research and resulting work draw on history, psychology, philosophy, poetry, current events, and her childhood experiences in war-ravaged Beirut. She received her BA from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and her MFA from the George Washington University. She is an instructor at Leeward Community College and was a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for 9 years. Her paintings and drawing installations have been featured in numerous solo and group international and national exhibitions, including the Honolulu Museum of Art. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Glassman Award, the Langenkamp Award in Abstract Painting, and the John Young award, and was the winner of the 2013 Kafiye Project Competition at Kaflab, New York City. To learn more about Reem visit,

This program was supported in part by the Joan Burgess Shorey Legacy Fund.


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