Kao Na "Raynie" Vang

In Progress Artist since 2009. Photographer, teaching artist, make-up artist, entrepreneur, curator and so much more.


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: Out of all the experiences I have had through In Progress, the achievement that I'm most proud of is exhibiting my work at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. It opens the path of a recognized artist, and has been a great teaching tool for me. To me, it represents more achievements in the future.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: In Progress played a big roll in this accomplishment. First, it was the never ending creativity that the group of artists and I had. We just kept creating more and not work. Then it was the exhibits that in progress helped me curate my work into. And that include submitting my work to the Minnetonka exhibit. And the most important strength would have to be my mentors. Because of them, I can learn as an artist to also teach fellow artists to create and achieve.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: In Progress is unique and more interesting in many ways. Some examples would be the limitless of experimentation. If it's to hard to grasp a concept or key term, in progress allows the creative mind to go and capture and experiment then come back, analyze, and define. Another example is there are no boundaries in learning. We as artists learn from our mentors, and in return our mentors learn from us. Whether it's a culture concept or manipulation technique, there is endless learning on both sides.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: I value the family that I've been welcomed to when I think about in progress. I envision a network of artists that strive to pave the way for individual voices. And I engage myself with the present creativity that is brought from rediscovering the past and innovating into the future work of emerging artists. Most importantly I love the acceptance of people that in progress opens it's doors to.

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