Library to host Nancy XiáoRong Valentine Exhibit

Nov 23, 2021

Kathryn A. Martin Library will host an exhibit by the Minnesota-based artist. 

The Kathryn A. Martin Library is excited to announce that it will host, The Audacity to be Asian in Rural America: we owe you no apologies, an exhibit by Nancy XiáoRong Valentine.  The exhibit "is a series of 12 watercolor and Chinese ink scroll paintings on rice paper that visually tells the story of the Hao family’s Chinese American immigrant experience in rural western Minnesota."  

An artist's talk with Nancy will take place on December 1 at the Lake Superior College Erickson Library at 12:00 p.m. and also at the Kathryn A. Martin Library at 7:00 p.m. in L260 (formerly the 2nd floor Media Hub). The exhibit is shared between both libraries and will be on display from December 1 - 17, 2021. Nancy's work will be on display on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's second floor. 

The Audacity to be Asian in Rural America: we owe you no apologies is a part of Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures, a project of Springboard for the Arts supported by the Blandin Foundation. This activity is funded by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation. This event is made possible by the following:  The Department of Communication; The Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies; The Kathryn A. Martin Library; The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; The Alworth Institute for International Studies; The UMD Commission for Women; Erickson Library and the Center for Equity and Inclusion at Lake Superior College. 


Nancy XiáoRong Valentine (she/her) is a Chinese-American artist living and making a life in rural Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Conceived as the second child of a family residing in Lanzhou, Gansu during the era of China’s ‘One Child Policy,’ Valentine views her artistry as a channel to deepen her cultural connections to and between her Chinese heritage and Midwestern roots. With a creative process that begins and ends with intention, Valentine’s artwork is woven with nuance and symbolism resulting in conceptually complex visual stories meant to evoke empathy.

For questions about this event, please contact Chelsey Miller, Communications Associate at [email protected] or by phone at (218) 726-7196.