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Art Mongolia

 

 

Mike Dingle and Enki Shagdarguntev
Art Mongolia Founders

 


Art Mongolia
is the result of many years of collaboration between Enkhbayar Shagdarguntev (Enki) and Mike Dingle, who met in Mongolia in 1997. Over the next two years they formed the International Cultural Exchange Society (ICES) in Ulaanbaatar, and San Francisco based Golden Gate Friends of Mongolia (GGFOM) to facilitate cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Art Mongolia evolved from exhibitions from the Union of Mongolian Artists (UMA) presented at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco that were organized by ICES and GGFOM. Over the past several years, Art Mongolia has organized four shows featuring prominent Mongolian artists, exhibiting art of varied mediums - oil, water color, silk, ink and sculpture. Their shows include:
2000 - Colors from Mongolia – New York City (E&J Frankel Gallery) and San Francisco (SOMArts Gallery). The first collection of contemporary Mongolian art to tour in the United States.

2002 - Zurag! Women Artists of Mongolia - San Francisco (SOMArts Gallery).

2004 - Horses and Resources - San Francisco (SOMArts Gallery).

2006 - The Great Mongol State - San Francisco (SOMArts Gallery). A celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of Mongolia.
Following the success of the first two exhibitions, Enki and Mike formed Art Mongolia in 2004 to formalize their commitment to bring the finest in Mongolian art to North American audiences. In addition to working with the UMA, Art Mongolia has developed personal relationships with many of the finest artists working in Mongolia today.

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