Asian Heritage Month Celebration at the Nation’s Capital Region Showcased Award Winning Asian American Artists

June 07 05:08 2023

The U.S. is home to millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. Over 22 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other ethnic characteristics. The U.S. Asian population is projected to reach 46 million by 2060.

Asian Americans have contributed to nearly ALL sectors of our nation’s economy including education, healthcare, military, government and private businesses. 

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the nation celebrates Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and pays tribute to the generations who have enriched and strengthened our nation.

In celebrating Asian American Heritage Month, Montgomery County, Montgomery County hosted its 2nd annual “Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration” in May, 2023 in the nation’s capital region.

Four award winning Asian American artists showcased their original art pieces at the event.

Asian Heritage Month Celebration at the Nation’s Capital Region Showcased Award Winning Asian American Artists

These artists representing American Asian Art Association and Global Art Gallery which represent over 200 Chinese American artists from China, Taiwan and greater China region.  The group has exhibited at major art exhibitions over the past decade and its artists have won many major American and international awards and recognitions, especially the world’s largest fine art exhibition World ArtExpo New York, which has hosted masters including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman….

Here are the featured artists:

Dr. Ellen Qiong Schicktan, Master Sculptor & Oil Painter

Dr. Schicktan is one of the most celebrated Chinese American oil painters and sculptors, and has won many important awards including the Alice Island Medal of Honor, the American Immigration Award. She received her Ph.D. in History of Literature and Art from Kyoto University of Art and Art and Waseda University. She is currently Vice-President of the Rodin International Artists Foundation, and Director of the Museum of American Goddess. Her paintings and sculptures have been collected by the Fuji Museum of Art, the Museum of American Independence Hall Museum, the National Constitution Center, and the National Historic Park Museum.

In 2019, as the first Asian American artist, she successfully held a solo oil painting sculpture exhibition at the National Memorial Hall in the Federal Hall in New York in 2021.  She has wone the highest honor, “Art Excellence Achievement Award” since 2021.

In 2022, Dr. Schicktan won the Chinese Cultural Heritage Award of the National Chinese Conference in Washington, DC. She is the 2nd Asian artist who won such honor after the Chinese-American Master Sculptor Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Asian Heritage Month Celebration at the Nation’s Capital Region Showcased Award Winning Asian American Artists

(Dr. Ellen Schicktan received the highest honor “Art Excellence Achievement Award” at the World ArtExpo New York 2023)

Asian Heritage Month Celebration at the Nation’s Capital Region Showcased Award Winning Asian American Artists

Iconic Revolutionary Moments in Bronze, The sculptures, which weigh in at 1500lbs. each, depict iconic paintings from the American Revolution.

Iconic Revolutionary Moments in Bronze – Museum of the American Revolution (

Asian Heritage Month Celebration at the Nation’s Capital Region Showcased Award Winning Asian American Artists

Washington Crossing the Delaware – bronze sculpture, the original sculture is displayed at the Philadelphia Independence Hall Museum.

Ms. Yanbo Huang, Oil Painter, Fashion Designer

Ms. Huang graduated from Southern Illinois University with an MFA (Master of Fine Arts). Majoring in Art and Design, she is an internationally acclaimed artist with a wide range of accomplishments in painting, fashion design, Digital Art, and teaching.

She has won several major American and international awards including “Award of Excellence” at the world’s largest World ArtExpo New York. She was named as one of the world’s top 40 most talented and creative designers/artists by the world’s most famous Fairfield Fashion Show for two consecutive years.

Her dream-like melodic brushstrokes and thickly painted oil surfaces is reminiscent of Van Gogh’s style, but her work has a surrealistic romantic and aesthetic affinity, which we can also call a “New Age Artistic Ethos.”

(Ms. Huang receiving the “Award of Excellence” at the world’s largest World ArtExpo New York 2023)

(Oil Painting: Garden #3 – Flower with Humming Bird)

Mr. Hai Wei – Oil Painter

Mr. Hai Wei is an educator and painter. He was professionally trained as an oil painter at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China.

He has dedicated his life to both teaching and painting. He has exhibited at major art exhibitions, museums and art fairs in the US, Macau, China and internationally. He has exhibited and won awards at the following major art exhibitions:

  • Award of Excellence, World ArtExpo New York 2022
  • Won the “Best Prize,” for his oil landscape painting, China Academy of Fine Arts
  • ”Destination Downtown” Long Island Gold Coast Art Center, New York
  • “2020 Online Exhibition of Anti-epidemic Works” China Art News
  • “Summer of Manhattan” New York Exhibition of Overseas Artists Association
  • Independent Cogitate Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese and Western Art Exchange – New York State Capitol Building
  • “EXPORT” International Art Exhibition (Hudson Museum of History)…

Mr. Wei’s paintings have been featured by magazines and art publications and is recognized as one of the “100 Top Contemporary Chinese Artists” (Beijing “earth Gallery”).

Mr. Wei immigrated to the US as an “Outstanding Artists” with his artist wife Helen Huang and call New York their home.

Dr. Ye Fiber – Oil Painter

As a professional opera singer and artist, Dr. Fiber has been recognized for her work by the “360-degree Leaf Fiber Personal Art Exhibition”, “Global Mural Expo” and was interviewed by CBS TV.

Dr. Fiber has been featured at the “International Women Painters Art Exhibition” three times in a row.  In 2021, she was shortlisted for the “6th Bay Women Artists Exhibition in 2021”. In the same year, her work was published in the art magazine “Along”.

Her works have also been exhibited at the “World ArtExpo New York, 2021 and 2023.”

In 2023, she was appointed Secretary General and Executive Director of the American Asian Art Association.

(First Love, Oil Painting by Dr. Fiber)

(Nature, Oil Painting by Dr. Fiber).

Helen Huang

Professionally trained and educated at the premiere art university,

“Central Academy of Fine Arts” in China as an oil painter, Ms. Huang has been engaged in painting, teaching, and research of children’s art.

She immigrated to the United States as an “Artist with Outstanding Talents” in 2016, and has been recognized by the “Asian Artists Association”, “Overseas Chinese Artists Association” and “Hudson Artists Association” as one of the top artists.

She has exhibited at both major art exhibitions in the US and internationally, and received numerous awards including the followings:

  • The 4th New Abstract Art and Annual Exhibition in 2021 and won the Bronze Medal.
  • New York International Art Fair, USA
  • “Summer in Manhattan” New York Exhibition of Overseas Artists Association, Manhattan
  • “Independent Thinking” Chinese and Western Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition – New York State Capitol, won the Outstanding Artist Award
  • “Export” International Art Exhibition (Hudson Museum of History)
  • “Zen Heart. Spring Language” 2019 American Chinese Artists Invitational Exhibition…

The Artist’s Words:

By chance, I started working with children’s art, and was moved by its primitive, intuitive, and most vivid vitality. Therefore, from 2001 to 2018, for 17 years, I went deep into the front line of teaching and studied children’s art.

In this way, I merge myself into children’s art and folk art, primitive art, African art, and even modern art, etc., and realize the interlinkage between these arts.

French artist Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet called it “art native.”

While teaching, I have experimented with integration of teaching with my art.  Teaching children has helped me a great deal in my art creation.  I will continue to explore endlessly and will never tire of it…

These artists’ work will soon be featured on the, a platform showcasing original art works from around the world.

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