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Brenda Louie was born in Guangdong Province, China in 1953. She grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1972.  After receiving her BA degree in Economics from the California State University at Sacramento, she worked for the State of California. Her graduate work at California State University of Sacramento (CSUS) earned her the Increase Robinson Fellowship Award and Student Academic Development Award. Louie graduated from CSUS with a Master of Arts degree in painting and drawing in 1991. In the same year, because of her exceptional performance in the visual art, Louie was awarded the Robert Mondavi Fellowship and Gordon Hampton Fellowship to pursue her terminal degree in fine art in Stanford University. Louie graduated from Stanford with a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Studio Art in 1993. She has taught art at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Davis and Stanford University. Louie is currently teaching painting and drawing at California State University, Sacramento.