With over 20 years of experience in making and teaching art, Hiep Nguyen's unique participatory process has transformed hundreds of empty walls and canvases and engaged thousands of people who otherwise do not have access to artistic outlets or consider themselves creative. Hiep found Circle Painting in 2007 and currently serves as its Executive Director and Art Director. Inspired by the STEAM movement in education, he also created the Draw All You Can project in 2015.
Known for his dynamic, fun-loving, and non-judgmental facilitation style, Hiep's passion for collaborative art is contagious. His training workshops have helped teachers and social workers around the world to expand their art programs. He is also a frequently sought-after master teaching artist and keynote speaker at art education conferences, universities, and museums across the country and overseas.
To Hiep, art is a spiritual practice, a way to connect, create, and celebrate. His motto: “Art for All, All for Art.”
"I recommend Circle Painting to community festivals looking for a high quality art project. Hiep is conscientious, flexible, and sensitive to the particular needs of the organizations who are his partners."
"It was the BEST professional development and community building that we have ever done. We hope to bring it back to continue our philosophy of integrating all the creativity with the STEAM idea and learning approach."
"Our staff really enjoyed the activity and the finished wall mural is amazing! Who would have thought that such a large blank canvas could be transformed so beautifully in just a few hours?