Ketmani Kouanchao interviewed Lao Minnesotan artist Manola Suvannarad for Little Laos on the Prairie recently and they had a chance to post the interview up. Be sure to check it out if you get a chance! It's brief, but it captures some very interesting perspectives of a Lao artist's journey. I hope to see more of their work in the future.
Suvannarad is currently taking a hiatus, but a good set of her work can be found at: http://lefthandedsketches.tumblr.com Among her subjects have been Oprah, Phil Jackson, Truman Capote, Margaret Cho (as Kim Jong Il), and Punxsutawney Phil.