Pao Houa Her was born in 1980 in Laos, and was raised in Saint Paul MN. She currently lives in Blaine MN a suburb of the Twin Cities. In 2012, she received a MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT and in 2009 a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her is a 2016–2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship. In 2013, she received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and in 2009, 2012 and 2018, Her was awarded Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received an Alice Kimball Fellowship in 2012.
Herʼs photographs will be seen in 2018 in a solo show at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis (February 10–April 17), and as part of two group shows: “in(di)visible” at Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston TX (February 3–April 22) and “EXit/EXile/ EXodus: Voicing the Diaspora in Southeast Asian Contemporary Art” at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand (March 3–September 3).