Pipo Nguyen-Duy

  • Professor of Studio Art and Photography

Areas of Study


  • BA, Carleton College, 1974
  • MA, University of New Mexico, 1996


Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam. Growing up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, he describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life. In 1975 he immigrated to the United States as a political refugee.

Pipo has taken on many things in life in pursuit of his diverse interests. As a teenager in Vietnam, he competed as a national athlete in table tennis. He also spent some time during the mid 80’s living as a Buddhist monk in Northern India. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Carleton College. He then moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender and later as a nightclub manager. While living in the East Village in the 80’s, or as Pipo describes, “the crux of creativity in New York,” and meeting people such as musician Don Cherry and artist Keith Haring, Pipo’s interests turned to art. In 1992 he earned a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 1996, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

Pipo has received many awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, an En Foco Grant; a Professional Development Grant from the College Arts Association; an American Photography Institute’s National Graduate Fellowship, NYC; a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission in Salem, Oregon; a B. Wade and Jane B. White Fellowship in the Humanities at Oberlin College; and three Individual Artists Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in Columbus, Ohio. He participated as an artist-in-residence at Monet’s Garden through The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Artists at Giverny Fellowship and also at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2004.

His work has been exhibited and are in public collections in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He is represented by Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

View examples of Pipo’s work.

Spring 2024

Introduction to Black-and-White Photography — ARST 141

Fall 2024

Intermediate Photo Project Seminar — ARST 241
Advanced Junior Studio — ARST 300


Pipo Nguyen-Duy receives Ohio Arts Council Award

April 21, 2017

Pipo Nguyen-Duy received an Individual Excellence Award for photography from the Ohio Arts Council.

Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists' growth and development and recognize work in Ohio and beyond.


Virtual Faculty Art Exhibition

April 27, 2020

Department of Art faculty periodically share their artwork in a faculty exhibition held in Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery during the academic year. This time, we invite you to step inside a virtual exhibition and experience the works of some of our talented professors.