Abby is an active curator and art administrator in Chinese contemporary cultural field. Her research interest is 1.5 Generation Chinese American artists and Chinese women artists. She is the Curator and Program Director at the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, overseeing the Center’s visual art program, including Xian Rui/Fresh Sharp Artist Excellence Series and the Present Tense Biennial. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Chinese Artist Network (CAN), an organization dedicated to promoting Chinese contemporary media and visual artists. With CAN, Abby has curated exhibits for San Francisco Arts Commission, Museum of Chinese in America in New York, San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery, Photo San Francisco and Olive Hyde Art Gallery.
3240 Cadman Road, Fremont, CA 94538
Aileen Wang, PhD
Aileen is Curator at the Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University. She previously taught art history at Penn State, Erie. Before joining Penn State in 2009, she worked as a client advisor in the New York office of the auction house Christie’s, and as a curator of contemporary art exhibitions. Her primary research area is contemporary Chinese art, but she also has a secondary specialization in Renaissance art. She is currently studying Chinese cultural identity and self-conception in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The presence and impact of technology in contemporary culture and artistic practice is of particular interest to her. Her most recent scholarly activities include presenting a paper on Chinese photographer, video, and digital media artist Cao Fei at the Centennial College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles (February 2012), presenting a paper on Chinese photographer and filmmaker Yang Fudong at the Tenth East Asian Studies Conference in Jerusalem (May 2011), organizing the Israeli premiere of Yang Fudong’s film Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest (May 2011), and publishing a review of the recent works of Chinese artist Fang Lijun in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (April 2009).
Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
701 Beach Ln
Manhattan, KS 66506
Alex M. Lee is an artist who works with new media and photography in order to explore ideas about perception and reality. Often his work employs the use of 3D imaging in order to complicate the discussion around digital-based image production. These projects take the form of prints or computer animations. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He has exhibited internationally as well as within the United States. Selected exhibitions include: Waymaker Gallery, Yorktown, New Calodon; February Gallery, Chicago; Mio Photo, Osaka, Japan; South Side Community Art Center, Chicago; The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Doubner Space, Czech Republic. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Alexandra Chang is Associate Professor of Practice at the Dept of Arts, Culture and Media and Clement A. Price Institute for Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University — Newark. She organizes the Climate Working Group and is on the board of the Association of American Museums’ Environmental and Climate Network. She was previously the Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, where she continues as Director of the Virtual Asian American Museum, Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) with publisher Brill (Leiden) and institutional partners, the Asia/Pacific/American Institute at New York University and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University. She is also the Director of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX). She was co-organizer of the East Coast Asian American Art Project (ECAAAP), an inter-institutional art, archives and digital humanities project. She is Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) and has served on the International Committee of College Art Association. She was Co-Director of the NEH Summer Institute “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching.” She is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (2008 Timezone 8).
Rutgers University — Newark
110 Warren Street, Bradley Hall 213
Newark, NJ 07102
Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs
Alice Ming Wai Jim
Alice Ming Wai Jim is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she teaches courses on contemporary art, media art, ethnocultural art histories, international art exhibitions and curatorial studies. Her research interests focus on the relationship between recent media art, remix culture and place identity in contemporary art in Asia and Asian Canadian art. She is currently working on a book project on representations of China and Hong Kong in urban-themed international art exhibitions from 1997 to 2007. Recent writings include “Asian Canadian Art Matters”published online by the Asia Art Archive.Jim has organized exhibitions and convened academic symposia on Asian diasporic art since 2004, including, most recently, the conference “Can-Asian, Eh? Diaspora, Indigeneity and the Transpacific” for the Canadian Asian Studies Association (Vancouver, 2009), “Rearranging Desires: Curating the ‘Other’ Within” and the symposium “About Culturally-Specific Exhibitions” (Montreal: Concordia FOFA Gallery, 2008), and “Redress Express: Chinese Restaurants and the Head Tax Issue in Canadian Art” and symposium “Current Directions in Asian Canadian Art” (Vancouver: Centre A and the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre, 2007). From 2003 to 2006, Jim was Curator of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A).
Professor, Contemporary Art and Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories
Editor, Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas
Department of Art History, EV.3.777
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Anida Yoeu Ali
Performance artist, writer and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Anida is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, installation, sound, and performance. In May 2010, she will graduate with an MFA degree in Performance from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her current study of Butoh examines the poetic potential of the body and collective healing. Her performance work is a means to transform loss into conversations about reconciliation. Since 1998, Anida has toured over 300 colleges and venues with the spoken word ensemble, I Was Born With Two Tongues, and the theatrical collective Mango Tribe. The Tongues’ pioneering performance work and critically-acclaimed debut CD, “Broken Speak”, ignited a new generation of Asian American voices. She is also a founding member of Young Asians With Power!, Asian American Artists Collective-Chicago, the National APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, and MONSOON fine arts journal. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts and Illinois Arts Council. Her writings are published in Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffeehouse Press 2002), Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Seal Press 2006), and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press 2007). From Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, Anida lectures, exhibits and performs internationally.
3605 Rue Beaubien Est
Annysa Ng is a Hong Kong artist who works with installation and painting. Her featureless blackout silhouette paintings lack any physiognomic inferences of emotion and identity. Costume is the only visual language. Combing period European fashion with traditional Chinese costume, the images does not merely illustrate a combination of cultures take place in Hong Kong, but specifies the paradox of constructing void identity.Ng is now lives and works in New York. She studied fine art at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Germany and School of Visual Arts in New York. Ng was awarded 2009/10 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative / NYC, Osaka Governor Prize by Nippon Modern Fine Arts Association, Fellowship at National Academy in NY, and Residency at Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Czech Republic. Her works have been exhibited internationally including the SCOPE art fair in Basel, ‘Young Artists from New York 2007’ at the Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Czech Republic, Asian Contemporary Art Fair in New York, The Arts Collection NICHIGENTEN at Osaka Municipal Arts Museum in Japan and The 9th Chinese National Art Exhibition in Beijing. Her work was collected by Deutsche Bank, the Stuttgart City Library, and Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co.KG, Germany. In 2008, she was named one of the Ten Artists to Watch in London Times.
Annysa Ng is the founding member of “Tomato Grey”, which is a New York-based Hong Kong-artist collective comprised of artists across disciplines. Tomato Grey is devoted to:
- The promotion of Hong Kong Art in New York city.
- The fostering of cultural exchange and mutual appreciation between practitioners of arts in Hong Kong and in New York.
- The raising of awareness of the many facets of Hong Kong’s creative activities, which is achieved through regular exhibitions, performances, public lectures and other cultural activities.
Born in New York City, Athena Robles began her art career in printmaking. Now making works on paper, sculptures and installations, she has exhibited nationally at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and The American Museum of Natural History in New York, among others. In her individual and group projects, Ms. Robles references community, assimilation, and social and historical issues. Her work is included in several private collections. In the late 1990s, she co-produced exhibitions as part of Godzilla, a collective of artists and curators, and she often works with artist Anna Stein on collaborative projects. Their public projects have been featured in news and media outlets internationally. Ms. Robles received a Van Lier Fellowship in 1995 and has served on numerous selection panels and juries. She has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration in the areas of publishing and public relations. Ms. Robles holds a bachelor of arts degree in art and psychology from Drew University and a master of fine arts in printmaking from Cornell University. She serves as a board member for the Asian American Arts Alliance in New York.
“So Much,” 2010-2011, public project,
Washington Convention Center,
Japanese American artists. During the 1990s, I promoted works by Japanese and Japanese American artists in New York, such as Sumiye Okoshi. After relocating to Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I found approximately 500 works by Asian American artists in its collections. Through my determination to make these rarely (or never) shown works available to the public, I was able to curate a permanent collection installation `Kanemitsu in California during the 1960s and 1970s` (2008). Since then, as an independent curator and a private art dealer, I have continued to research, assist, and promote Japanese American artists. I co-curated another Kanemitsu show, consisting of never-exhibited drawings, in Los Angeles in 2010. I feel committed to research and strategize in order to strengthen Asian American visibility and to have Asian American artists be recognized for their contributions in the American art history.
Independent Curator and Private Art Dealer
Carol Ng-He, born and raised in Hong Kong, is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and art educator. She received a Master’s degree of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Performing Art Management from Columbia College Chicago. Carol has exhibited, performed and lectured locally including the Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Jane Addams-Hull House Museum, Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, Woman Made Gallery, Insight Arts, Mess Hall, Links Hall, and the Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts in Chicago. Her publications have appeared on Chicago Artists Resource, Community Arts Network and Teaching Artists Journal. One of her articles on Community Arts Network is rated one of the Top 20 Stories in 2009. As a teaching artist, Carol works with the Silk Road Theatre Project and Chicago Teen Museum. She has also taught at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Oakton Community College. In her mixed media paintings, installations and performance art, she explores the ideas of “travel,” “transition,” and “adaptation” in different levels and spectrums – physically, temporally, culturally, linguistically, emotionally, and spiritually. In her work of community art education, she is interested in engaging students in the global cultural pedagogy through collaborative practices.
Chanika Svetvilas, presents interactive site-specific installations, video, and performative works that provoke the viewer to respond. Svetvilas has presented her work at The Queens Museum of Art, ABC NoRio (New York), Brooklyn Public Library, International Resource Center at Flushing, Queens Public Library, Lower East Tenement Museum (New York), Denver International Airport, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (New York),Taller Boricua (New York), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), and the Center of Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA), Islip Art Museum, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University. She has also published in the South African magazine, Itch.
Svetvilas has also presented at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, Image Ohio/Shot Tower Gallery, Gallery 88, Urban Arts Space, Swing Space, Gateway Film Center, and Ohio Shorts at The Wexner Center for the Arts as well as on the streets of Columbus.
Svetvilas received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
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Assistant Professor Christine Balance currently teaches courses on Filipino American studies, Asian American performance, Asian American popular culture and music studies, and gender & sexualities in Asian America. A former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009), she is also the recipient of a UC Pacific Rim Mini-grant for a project entitled, Pinoise Rock: Re-Imagining Popular Music and Filipino America, that looks at rock musicians, festival organizers, and musical practices in Manila, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. She has been actively involved with San Francisco’s Kulintang Arts, a contemporary and tribal Filipino arts presenting organization, and is a former member of Tongue in a Mood (TiaM), a Filipino American experimental theatre troupe. She is one-third of the pop culture blog, Oh! Industry (www.ohindustry.com), and one-ninth of the Polynesian power pop band, The Jack Lords Orchestra (www.thejacklords.com). She is currently working on a book manuscript that looks at popular music and performance in Filipino America.Institutional Contact
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-6900
Chuong-Dai Vo, PhD
Bio/Research Interests: Asian American and Southeast Asian literature, films and visual culture. Issues of diaspora, transnationalism, and war.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT
Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT,
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 14N-213,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cui Fei was born in Jinan, China. She received her MFA in painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and received her BFA degree from the China Academy of Fine Arts.
Cui’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Chinese in American, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Chelsea Art Museum, NY; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; and Bronx Museum of Arts; Kunstgewerbe Museum, Dresden, Germany; Jeju Museum of Art, Korea, Jeju, Korea, among others. In 2010, she had her first solo museum show at the Warehouse Gallery at Syracuse University.
She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Art, and the Excellence in Arts Award from Bronx Council on the Arts. She was selected for the Art Omi International Artists Residency, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Light Work, the Emerge Program, Aljira & Creative Capital, Newark; and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Princeton University Art Museum; The Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University, and Light Work at Syracuse.
Installation View at the Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University.
Not Yet Titled (back)
Thorns, twines, and pins on wall, dimensions variable, 2009
Manuscript of Nature V_Syracuse (front)
Tendrils and salt on floor, dimensions variable, 2010
Curt Hansman, PhD
History of Art + Architecture
DePaul University Chicago, IL 61614
Cynthia Tom is a visual multi-media artist who is passionate about cultural identities and women’s issues and always questions the accepted norms in societies – Western or Asian. Being a seeker by nature and philosopher by circumstances, she not only speaks about the issues in our lives but also issues that are close to her heart – her ancestors and women. Her paintings persuade us to look beyond the aesthetic and encourage us to challenge stereotypes, taboos and traditional roles. Referred to in academic text books on AA women artists as a cultural surrealist and women’s advocate, she is also the recipient of leadership and recognition awards for the work she has done with AAWAA. 3 years as AAWAA’s Board President and artistic director, Cynthia Tom, wears multiple hats. She has taken this 20 year organization and been integral in forming it as a 3 year old non-profit, constructing the business model for growth and sustainability and provided direction for the path of this important arts organization.
Board President AAWAA San Francisco, artist
1890 Bryant St., 302
San Francisco, CA 94110
Daniel Kurjaković is the curator/head of program of the Burger Collection. The Burger Collection, Hong Kong, is a private collection of contemporary art. Monique Burger and her husband have been building up the collection, which unites many media, since the early 1990s, with emphases in Euro-American, Indian, and Asian art.One of the key ideas behind the collection is the cultivation of artistic dialogue by attracting an informed audience, by maintaining a responsible and dynamic approach to the works, and by developing a future vision for the collection. Not just an ensemble of works, the Burger Collection also engages in arts patronage, and has helped make possible the realization of various outstanding artistic endeavors such as the film House with Pool by the artists Hubbard & Birchler, the Motion Pictures project by Julian Opie, the light installation Public Notice 3 by Jitish Kallat on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, the exhibition Marguerite de Ponty of Urs Fischer at the New Museum in New York in 2009 or the work Wille, Macht und Wandel by Herlinde Koelbl. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Burger Collection helped fund the exhibition project of the artist Pak Sheung Chuen for the Venice Biennale in 2009.
The Burger Collection is also the patron of Para/Site in Hong Kong, KHOJ Alternative Space in New Delhi, Kunsthalle Zürich, and AAA (Asia Art Archive) in Hong Kong. In recent years, works from the Burger Collection have been lent to institutions such as Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Lyon and the São Paulo Biennial.Since 2005 the works of the Burger Collection have been available for view online on the homepage www.burgercollection.org. As of 2009, the Burger Collection is realizing the multi-regional exhibition and research project called Quadrilogy under the curatorial leadership of Daniel Kurjaković (more here: www.quadrilogy.org).
Curator / Head of program of the Burger Collection (Hong Kong)
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Overall, in the coming four to six years, temporary exhibitions based on the aesthetic key ideas of subjectivity, narration, history, and language, will be held in different locations around the world. This marks a new phase in the Burger Collection, to the extent that it turns to a broader public with a new curatorial concept of its own. The Quadrilogy manifests itself in different regions around the world, and in so doing places the works in specific geo-cultural zones—sometimes the works get re-introduced in their former cultural context of production. Research on-site, co-operations with institutions, exhibition sites, and additional local and international partners deepen the knowledge about the art works in the collection and illuminate some of the trans-cultural dimensions and intricacies of contemporary art. The Burger Collection aims at generating some new perspectives on both the existing and potential functions a private collection within the contemporary art system. After the completion of Conflicting Tales in Berlin in 2009 the Burger Collection now prepares its next set of exhibitions and public programs in Hong Kong.
David Xu Borgonjon
My curatorial and critical work centers on comparative Sino-American aesthetics. A current project identifies socialist realism as the basis of an alternative account of modernism across the world. Previously, I have written on cultures of competition and culture as competition post-Reagan and post-Deng avant-garde genealogies based in Chinatowns. Currently, I am a curatorial fellow at Wave Hill in the Bronx. I graduated from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 with a B.A. and a B.F.A. studying English and Painting.
Address: 570 West 156 Street, New York, New York
Dean Chan, PhD
Dean Chan teaches in the postgraduate and honours programmes at the School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, in Perth, Australia. He is an Executive member of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) (http://asianaustralianstudies.org) and Founding Convenor of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR) (http://indaar.asianaustralianstudies.org). His research interests focus on diasporic Asian cultural production (especially visual arts, comics, and graphic novels) and East Asian digital games. Dean is co-editor of “Gaming Cultures and Place in Asia-Pacific” (Routledge, 2009).At present, he is working on a major project on diasporic Asian cultural production in Australia and the United States that is funded by the Australian Research Council. In addition, he is Associate Editor of Studies in Comics (Intellect Journals) and Book Reviews Editor – Diasporic Asia Section of Asian Studies Review (Taylor & Francis Journals).
http://www.sca.ecu.edu.auHigher Degrees by Research
School of Communications and Arts
Edith Cowan University
2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley WA 6050, Australia
Curator, South Asian Arts and Culture
B.A. (Honours), Art History, McGill University, 1993
M.A., Art History, University of Minnesota, 1995
Ph.D., Art History, University of Minnesota, 2001
Deepali Dewan is an Art Historian of South Asian visual culture. She joined the Royal Ontario Museum in January 2002 as Associate Curator of South Asian Civilizations. Prior to joining the ROM, she worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Asia Society in New York. She also served as visiting instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Carleton College, Minnesota, where she taught courses on the history of South Asian art and contemporary arts.Deepali is cross-appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Toronto, is a part of the graduate faculty, and is affiliated to the Centre for South Asian Studies. She is also part of the Toronto Photography Seminar.Deepali’s research interests span the 19th- and 20th-century visual cultures of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Her work on colonial South Asia examines the links between early art education, the circulation of objects, and the production of knowledge in the discipline of art history. Her research on 20th-century art focuses on the work of specific artists as a way to begin to map the larger picture of post-colonial visual practice. Most recently, her research has focused on history and theory of photography in India.She has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, and the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.
Department of World Cultures , Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6
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Diem-My T. Bui
Diem-My T. Bui currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include transnational feminist media studies, critical cultural studies, ethnic studies, popular culture, and film. Her work examines cultural production, cultural memory, and embodiments of difference in representations of Vietnamese women in the U.S. cultural imaginary. Her publications are included in the journal Cultural Studies—Critical Methodologies and in an edited book, Globalizing Cultural Studies (2007). She has taught courses on communication, Asian American studies, film studies, and popular culture.k.
Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago
MC-132, 1148C BSB Bldg
1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607
Emily Hue’s research interests include comparative ethnic studies, diaspora studies, transnational feminisms, and Asian American women’s cultural production. Her most recent projects investigate how Southeast Asian American narratives and visual culture circulate in the U.S. She holds a B.A. in Womens Studies from Vassar College and has previously been involved in the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit in NYC, Emily previously worked in the academic publishing industry before joining the American Studies Ph.D. program at NYU in the fall of 2008. She hails from Brooklyn, NY.Program Description:
The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) is transdisciplinary in nature. It combines topics and methods drawn from the humanities and social science to analyze the relationships among individuals, groups, institutions,governments, economies, and environments. Our courses draw on theoretical insights from social geography, feminism and queer studies, ethnic studies, critical race theory, labor studies and cultural studies. Our programs of study value both historical inquiry and engagement with the present, especially large-scale developments like urbanization, commodification, movement of peoples, transnational exchange, identity formations, ethnic and diasporic cultures.SCA houses and integrates the activities of six programs‹Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies. At the graduate level the department offers M.A.s in American Studies and
Africana Studies, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. The program in American Studies interprets ³American² in a broad sense to include assessments of the historical role of the United States in the Americas and, more generally, in world affairs. Inasmuch as the program has a regional focus, special attention is given to studies in urbanism and to New York in particular, a global city that comprises many world cultures.
NYU American Studies Doctoral Program
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
917 715 0657
Emily Hanako Momohara
Momohara grew up near Seattle, Washington and earned her BFA in Photography and her BA in Art History from the University of Washington. She went on to receive her MFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She was an Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she headed the photography major through 2013. Now Momohara teaches at Miami University in the College of Creative Arts in Oxford Ohio.
Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Light Factory with Artists: Mary Ellen Mark, Sara Moon and others, also at the Japanese American National Museum. She has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing. She received a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Excellence Grant. This year, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial.
Artist and Visiting Faculty at Miami University
4309 Vine St #2, Cincinnati, OH 45217
Jungle, 2014, Archival Pigment Print, courtesy of the artist.
Hai Minh Nguyen
As a recent art major graduate from Pomona College, I am interested in community-based art and believe that art is a source of social change. I am currently working as a Fine Arts Specialist at the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach and hope to return to Vietnam in a couple of years to live and work. In the future, I want to create an experimental art space that serves both teaching and exhibition.
Ilene Susan Fort
Asian American art from the early 20th century through the 1960s.
The Gail and John Liebes Curator of American Art
Department of American Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angles, CA 90036
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My paintings and drawings record direct and repeated observations. Each reiteration of similar motifs marks an increasing intimacy with the world and moves an observational practice closer to a private meditation. My comfort in familiar objects and their spaces manifests in an aging collection of citrus fruit—once-fresh oranges are now desiccated, discolored, misshapen, and hard to the touch; and my desire to escape the mundane impels me toward the uncanny. I sense an artistic responsibility to grasp, reprocess, and re-present our world. This is also my privilege.
Shallows, 2009, 72 x 78 inches, oil on canvas.
Jan Christian Bernabe
Jan Christian Bernabe is an interdisciplinary scholar of Asian American art history and visual culture, comparative race and ethnic studies, and queer cultural studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the Program in American Culture. Currently, he is an independent scholar and curator based in Chicago. He moved to Chicago from Washington state, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College. At Whitman, he taught the following courses: “Asian/American Art and Visual Culture,” “Queer Sexualities and Visual Culture,” and “Post/Colonialism and Visual Culture.” He also curated the group art show “Techniques: Contemporary Asian American Time-Based Art.” Finally, he is at work on two book projects. He recently finished a manuscript on contemporary Filipino American time-based art as cultural and historical critiques of U.S. empire. He is also co-editing an anthology on Filipino American negativity in cultural production.
Independent Scholar and Curator
5322 S. Drexel Ave., 3A, Chicago, IL 60615
Take care of others.
Performance and community based artist
212 N. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL
Chief Executive Officer, Asian Social Network
1935 South Plum Grove Road #188, Palatine,
Illinois 60067, United States of America
Julianne P. Gavino is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. She received a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.Her working dissertation title is: “Asian American Visual Rhetoric: (De)Constructing Race and Public Space in California, 1970-present.” Julianne’s research focuses upon post-1945 American art and visual culture, contemporary art, Asian American art, public space and monuments, museum studies, cultural studies, and comparative ethnic studies. As a teaching associate in the Department of Asian American Studies, Julianne conducts an undergraduate course entitled “Contemporary Asian American Visual Culture” (Winter 2010). Additionally, In conjunction with the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives–UCSB Libraries, she is developing a digital imagebank and online exhibition for the Kearny Street Workshop Archives Poster Collection.
Walsh Gallery was founded in 1993 specializing in works of contemporary Asian art. Beginning with surveys of contemporary Japanese prints and
Chinese ink paintings, today the gallery’s exhibitions now include many high end contemporary artists.Although beginning with works primarily in China and India, Walsh Gallery today exhibits and represents artists from across Asia. Exhibitions have included works and solo exhibitions of renowned artists from India such as Bhupen Khakhar, M. F. Hussein, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Atul Dodiya, Reena Saini Kallat, Jitish Kallat, Vivan Sundaram, Nalini Malani, Sheba Chhachhi, and Ravinder Reddy. The history of exhibiting Chinese artists includes works by Xue Song, Song Dong, Rong Rong and Inri, Zhang Dali, Mo Yi, Shen Fan, Miao Xiaochun, Shen Shaomin, Liu Jianhua, Ma Qiusha, and many others.Indonesian artist Heri Dono has had several solo exhibitions with the gallery. The exhibition Service Station exhibited works by fourteen emerging South Korean artists, as well as solo exhibitions with artist Chang Jia. In order to continue to expand awareness and collectors of contemporary Asian art in Chicago, the gallery works with many international curators including Wu Hung, Leng Lin, Sunhee Choi, Seewon Hyun and Jisun Song.In 2007 Walsh Gallery launched a new media lounge where visitors can view video pieces and installations by the best talents from Asia. Walsh Gallery has had a special interest in the field of new media and has been a pioneer participant in DiVA (Digital and Video Art Fair) since 2005 in Cologne, Paris, New York and, Miami as well V07: Venice Videoart Fair.Exhibitions from the gallery have been reviewed many international publications including Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, Time Out, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Walsh Gallery artists have appeared in Biennials and Triennials around the world and are frequent participants in museum shows worldwide. The gallery itself participates frequently in international art fairs including Art Dubai, Photo New York, Bridge London, Shanghai Contemporary, and NeXt Chicago.Julie Walsh, Director of Walsh Gallery, is also a council member of the Asia Society in New York. In addition, Julie Walsh is an avid collector of contemporary art with works from her collection appearing in exhibitions sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, USA), Casa Asia (Madrid, Spain), the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, USA).
Director, Walsh Gallery
118 N. Peoria 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60607
t: 312.829.3312 | f: 312.829.3316
Julius Cavira is a natural multi-talented artist born and raised in inner city Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his BFA and now resides in Wasilla, Alaska. Cavira has Enhance in a variety of mediums, whether that is paint, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink or wood. His work reflects his romanticism and fondness for landscapes, whether interiors or exteriors of the city and the great outdoors. Other subjects are current events and his patronage. Cavira’s humble upbringing coupled with his strong imagination spurred on his artistic expression at a very young age. Art was his happy escape growing up.Cavira blossom at his public school: A.G. Bell Elementary School, where his teachers encouraged his talent and his participation in art competitions. He won his first competition, a citywide poster contest, in the fourth grade. This was the start of many more competition wins and exhibitions throughout Cavira’s elementary and high school years, including the 14th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition, which showcased his winning portrait of Chicago at the White House for an entire year. Cavira started S T Mather High School taking Advanced Placement Art classes in his freshman year and quickly became involved in a variety of activities that provided an outlet for his creativity. He provided illustrations for his HS Yearbooks, design and built scenery for shows, and became president in senior year for H S Stage Crew and Drama Club.Determined to go to no other college, Cavira continued his education at the nation’s elite School of the Art Institute in Chicago (SAIC). Cavira’s college artistic knowledge concentrated his studies on painting, drawing, graphic design, art history and ‘art after art school; life after art school’ (a new breed of classes) and minor in sculpture, photography, theater and dance (Oriental). Outside of class, Cavira worked at SAIC’s Wood and Metal Shop, Gallery 2, Student Union Galleries, SAIC Gene Sickle theater, SAIC Gallery 2 Theater, the annual gallery 2 ‘Chicago Artists Coalition Art Open’, SAIC early college program teacher’s assistant. As a gallery technician, he mastered art exhibition and gallery setup through the various programs and volunteerism with the many galleries; some were student run, mimicking professional galleries around the city. For his numerous contributions to student life, Cavira received the SAIC Student Government Peanut Butter Award.Cavira’s contributions were not limited to SAIC student life. Promoting intercollegiate collaborations and community involvement, he supported art shows: annual ‘Chicago Art Open’, ‘Around the Coyote’, CHOP, RE:911, Woman Warrior Festival, Asian American Artists film/gallery; at other colleges throughout the city, including North Western, Columbia College, the University of Chicago, and participated in several group shows with these groups.Other facets of Cavira are his volunteerisms, after graduation from SAIC in the summer of 2002 he volunteered with AmeriCorps / CampHill in California in 2002, then worked at the nearby YMCA of the Red Woods (national park cabin/camp) in 2003, soon after that he volunteered to the US Active Army in 2004. Meanwhile, throughout the three organizations he shared his passion for arts regardless the situation. At one point Cavira was a set designer, handmade play costumes out of papier-mâché, organize theatrical lighting and props, Russian eggs hung for the Christmas tree, huge exterior and interior murals, and quick sketches for the troops at the chow hall, an acrylic painting for a retirement gift to a commanding lieutenant colonel, an acrylic mural of super heroes within the pediatric ward of the Air Force hospital. Recently has shown at the International Gallery of Contemporary Arts in the member’s group show called “BOX/ed”. Cavira’s latest work in progress is reflective pieces on identity by way of interiors and fabric/ clothing. Art is and will always be Cavira’s escape to places the rest of the world eagerly awaits to know.
kate hers is a visual artist and cultural producer who works in the field of social art practice. Her work seeks to rethink and reshape notions of transnational and cultural identity, often through different modes of communication and public/private interventions. Her projects manifest often in multiple mediums including: performance, sound, drawing, video, internet blogging, installation, and in commodities such as food products, posters, zines, flash cards, and games. hers studied notably under Juli Carson, Yong Soon Min, Yvonne Rainer, and Bruce Yonemoto at the University of California-Irvine, while on full scholarships – Graduate Studies Diversity Scholarship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. A recipient of numerous awards and grants, hers recently was presented with several US Embassy project grants, as well as a Studio Grant from the Cultural Project of the Professional Association of Berlin Artists, and a DAAD fellowship. Before receiving her MFA, hers conducted research in Korea on a Fulbright Scholarship and Blakemore Language Grant, traveled to Tibet on a University of California Pacific Rim Grant, and lived in Berlin, Germany on a supplemental Jacob K. Javits Research Fellowship. She attended both Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony on full fellowships. She has shown widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America in such spaces as: Atelierhof Kreuzberg (Berlin), Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Los Angeles), Art Laboratory-Berlin, Kunstverein-Hildesheim, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (Berlin), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), National Museum Women in the Arts (Washington DC), pkm gallery (Seoul), Loop Gallery (Seoul), Kyunghee Museum of Art (Seoul), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester), and Ex Teresa Art Actual (Mexico City). A transnational Korean-American, born in Seoul and raised in Detroit (where she sometimes resides), hers speaks broken Korean. In 2011, she founded the non-profit USArtBerlin in Germany, where she often lives and works, speaking German with an American accent. Please visit: www.estherka.com
Visual artist and cultural producer
Address: Mengerzeile 1-3, 12435 Berlin, Germany, Atelier #208
Program Description: USArtBerlin is an independent artist-run initiative affiliated with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S Embassy.
Katrina Toshiko Grigg-Saito
Katrina Grigg-Saito completed her sociological and journalistic research work in Blurring the Boundaries: Hybrid Identities of Multiracial People as an Earhart Fellow with Peter Berger at Boston University’s Center for Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. She now works as a tv reporter in Tokyo and has produced work for National Geographic, CNN-GO, NHK-World, NPR in Boston, the Japan Times, Metropolis Magazine and Skirt Magazine.”Fishbird” is a community art piece featuring audio interviews and photographs of multiracial people in the NYC area. The first incarnation of the project was funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council. The second included interviews in the Boston area, and this year the project aims to expand to interviewees in Nicaragua and Morocco.
Kip Fulbeck specializes in personal narrative, identity exploration and pop-culture analysis. He has performed and exhibited in over 20 countries and throughout the U.S., including the Whitney Biennial, Singapore International Film Festival, Bonn Videonale, Japanese American National Museum and National Conference On Race in Higher Education. He has also been featured on CNN, MTV, and PBS. An affiliate faculty in Asian American Studies and Film & Media Studies Departments as well as an ocean lifeguard, he is the author of several books including “Part Asian, 100% Hapa” and “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids” as well as the director of a dozen short films including “Banana Split” and “Lilo & Me.” He was awarded the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.
Professor of Art, Department of Art, UCSB
Building 434, Room 123
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
v: 805.893.2783 | f: 805.893.7206
Kirk Ke Wang
Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, as well as an educational software developer. Born in Shanghai, China. Received his BFA and first MFA from the Nanjing Normal University in China, and taught at the same university thereafter. In 1984, Wang won the bronze medal for the “6th National Exhibition of Fine Art”, one of the major national art competitions in China. In 1986, Wang moved to the U.S. as an exchange scholar, and completed his second MFA from the University of South Florida. Wang was appointed as the art director of a design firm and designed many projects for Disney World, MGM Studio, Sea World, and Bush Gardens, etc. In early 1990s, Wang taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. He joined Eckerd College in the fall of 1993. Wang’s art works have been exhibited and collected locally, nationally, internationally by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing. Wang is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from some distinguished institutions, such as, the Freeman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National AsianNetwork, GTE, HP, Florida Arts Council, National Endowments for the Arts, Posey Foundation, Southeast Bank, etc. Since 2000, Wang led a team of experts and developed a comprehensive computer learning system that combined with interactive multimedia arts. He donated his software to over 1000 schools nationwide. Recently, he traveled frequently between China and the US to promote art, education and culture. He curated contemporary art exhibitions for museums and art festivals in China and the U.S. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa Florida, as well as in Shanghai.
We are a small liberal arts college art department, with all the advantages that come with the breadth of education that the liberal arts offer, and the intimacy of a smaller, more personal working environment. As a college we seek to educate the whole person, and as a department we seek to raise each student’s awareness of his/her own creative potential. The qualities we possess that our students routinely claim to value most are our accessibility as teachers and mentors, and the climate of freedom we provide.The media we offer include but are by no means limited to drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, digital arts, and video. In the spirit of encouraging self-motivation, independent study is available for advanced students who wish to pursue any given medium. We also have available as many as twenty semi-private studio spaces for qualified students, accessible 24 x 7.At the end of their four-year experience our majors are expected to put on a full gallery exhibition in our Elliott Gallery, either as a solo- or as a two-person show. We expect each senior to work in a sustained manner while developing a coherent body of work in one or more media, to demonstrate the ability to organize and professionally present this work, and to demonstrate the ability to write and speak articulately about her or his art.
Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College
Eckerd College, Creative Arts Collegium,
Department of Visual Arts
4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711t: 813.857.2245
Dr. Konrad Ng is Executive Director of Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. He was professor of creative media at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the former Acting Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. He has a long history of working in Asian and Asian American cultural institutions, programs and organizations and has published scholarly and popular articles on Asian and Asian American cinematic and digital culture. Ng serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Film Initiative and the Center for Asian American Media. From 2007 – 2008, he assisted with constituency and new media outreach for the Obama for America campaign. Ng earned his Ph.D from the University of Hawai’i.
4055 Papu Circle
Honolulu, HI 96816
As a historian of Asian American art, my research centers on the histories and experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States, beginning in the 1850s to the present. My interdisciplinary approach to this new field of study draws historical information about Asian American experiences from Asian American Studies and uses art historical methods of analysis, as their artworks are my primary objects of interpretation. My degree in Visual Studies breaks from traditional art historical approaches and constructs, categories such as “high art” vs. “low art,” “created by geniuses” and “masterpiece,” to examine how images and objects operate as visual representations within U.S. culture, and more specifically the lives of Asian Americans. This engagement with a broader set of objects and contemporary intellectual theory is fundamental to the emergence of Asian American art and visual culture as a discipline. Doctoral Candidate, Visual Studies with an Asian American Studies Emphasis, University of California, Irvine. M.A., Art History, San Francisco State University, B.A., History/Art History, University of California, Los Angeles. Ph.D Thesis: “Crafted Abstraction: Three Nisei Artists: Ruth Asawa, Kay Sekimachi, and Toshiko Takaezu,” M.A. Thesis: “The Displacing Gaze: An Analysis of Roger Shimomura’s Campfire Diary”
Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Irvine
610 Pacific View Drive, San Diego CA 92109
Kyung Sun Cho
Professor of Art, Visual Arts Department
Address: California State University Fullerton, 800N State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834
Lani Asuncion received her BFA in sculpture, painting, and printmaking at Middle Tennessee State University. Drawing influence from growing up in Tennessee, Hawaii, and Okinawa, Japan, Asuncion continued to create dynamic imagery through video and performance at the University of Connecticut where she received her MFA. Asuncion has shown at galleries in Tennessee and NYC, and has been published in The Rabbit Press, Nashville, TN and other journals.In the tradition of performance and body art, I am interested in the transformation and preservation of the ephemeral. My work takes place in liminal spaces between the physical realm and a space beyond. In this space the viewer encounters the character Pineapple Girl. Grounded in her American Southern and Pacific Islander cultural background, this character is a timeless being that walks through a landscape of stories that I weave into new histories. Through each work, I create a narrative in which time moves neither forward nor backwards but in a continual loop.
Larry Lee is a multimedia artist who also teaches 20th Century Asian American Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at various galleries in Chicago and New York as well as the SpaceLab in Cleveland, Diverseworks in Houston and Free Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. More information about the artist is available at larryleechicago.com.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Transfer and Prior Degree Students
Office of AdmissionsInstructor, First Year Program/Contemporary Practices,
Art History, Theory and Criticism
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 South Wabash, 12th floor
Chicago, IL 60603-3103
Laura Kina is an artist, independent curator, and scholar whose research focuses on Asian American art and critical mixed race studies. She is an Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design, Vincent de Paul Professor, and Director of Asian American Studies at DePaul University. She earned her MFA from the school of the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her community involvements include: Asian American Artists Collective-Chicago and Project A, The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media, and the Mavin Foundation. Born in Riverside, California to an Okinawan father from Hawai’i and a Spanish/Anglo mother from the Pacific Northwest, Kina was raised in Poulsbo, WA.
The artist currently lives and works in Chicago, IL with her husband, Mitch, and their daughter, Midori, and her stepdaughter, Ariel. She is a 2009-2010 DePaul University Humanities Fellow. Her work has shown internationally and is represented in Miami, FL by Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.
Associate Professor of Art, Media, & Design,
Vincent dePaul Distinguished Professor
and the Director of Asian American Studies, DePaul UniversityDePaul University Department of Art, Media, & Design
1150 W. Fullerton #317
Chicago, IL 60614
t: 773.325.4048 | f: 773.325.1950
Independent Professional Artist
Li Bai’s Moon
(2009) Ink and pigments on hand-made paper
Currently, Yiqing Li is a graduate student of arts management at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she was working at Paris and Lyon, France. Her work focused on curating contemporary art exhibitions. Her research interests include Chinese contemporary art, museum management, multi-cultural art exhibitions.
162 N. State Street, Chicago, IL. 60601
Contemporary South Asian Art and South Asian-American Art
Carver Professor of East Asian Art History.
Department of Art and Art History
Mills College, Oakland, CA 94613
Dr. Margo Machida is Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo. A scholar, independent curator, and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture, her most recent book is Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary, published by Duke University Press in 2009. She is co-editor of the volume Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (University of California Press, 2003). This volume received the 2005 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Among her recent publications are: “Art and Social Consciousness: Asian American and Pacific Islander Artists in San Francisco 1965-1980” in Gordon Chang, Mark Johnson, and Paul Karlstrom, eds. Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press, 2008); “Icons of Presence: Three Chinese American Artists,” curatorial essay in Icons of Presence: Asian American Activist Art, exh. cat. (Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, California, 2008); “Into the Jungle: The Art of Ming Fay” in Jungle Tango, exh. cat. (Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2008); “Object Lessons: Materiality and Dialogism in the Art of Flo Oy Wong” in Seventy/Thirty—Seventy Years of Living, Thirty Years of Art, exh. cat. (Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco, 2008); “Diasporas in Motion: The Visual Arts and Communities of Affinity,” in Alexandra Chang, Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijing, China, 2008), and “Reframing Asian America” in the exhibition catalogue, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now (New York: Asia Society, 2006). Dr. Machida received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Women’s Caucus for Art. She is co-founder of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) and a member of the Executive Committee for the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR). She is presently working on her next book, Resighting Hawai‘i: Global Flows and Island Imaginaries in Asian American and Native Hawaiian Art to be published by University of Hawai‘i Press.
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Media & Cultural Studies and Director of Southeast Asian StudiesMariam specializes in Southeast Asian and Asian American film, literature and visual arts. Her particular interests include digital video installation, photojournalism, and mixed media genres. She is founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies (U California P). Her book, Not Coming to Terms: Viet Nam, Post-Trauma and Cultural Politics (forthcoming Duke UP), analyzes cultural production and community politics within and across Viet Nam, France, and the US, while her current project, Surfin’ the Cold Wave: New Circulations of Cold War Culture and Global Capital, explores the terrain of Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao and Hmong diasporic culture and transnational media networks.
2401 Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg., University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0321
Additional Institutional Contact:
Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN)
DVAN’s aim is to promote artists from the Vietnamese Diaspora whose work in visual art, film, literature and performance art enriches our communities and strengthens ties between Vietnamese across the globe. We support this body of work through cultural events, exhibits and publications that explore connections between art and society. DVAN is international in scope. It provides resources and access to the work of Vietnamese artists in the United States, Europe, Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia, ?as these sites host the largest Vietnamese communities overseas. DVAN also supports artists who have returned to Viet Nam and produce from that location.
Asian American Art History
Professor of Art
Art Department, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
I’m an actress who co-founded an Asian American theater company called A-Squared Theatre Workshop and I’m a yoga instructor who volunteer teaches at a domestic violence shelter for asian women. I also organize music benefits for homeless shelters and play drums. I’m passionate about acting and yoga and am blessed to do both as careers. I’m also passionate about sharing and hearing the Asian American female voice. I’m a member of “Kim”, an all Asian American female rock band and am currently writing a theater piece that involves at least 20 Asian women onstage.
Mia Zamora, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of English, Director of the Kean University Writing Project, and Coordinator of the World Literature Program at Kean University in Union, NJ. Dr. Zamora is a faculty leader committed to encouraging lifelong reading and writing. Her passion for literature is rooted in her belief that reading and writing are essential to communication, learning, and citizenship. Dr. Zamora received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to direct the Big Read program at Kean University. This program is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Her research interests in Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Literature, nationalism, and cultural studies are reflected in her book entitled Nation, Race, History in Asian American Literature: Re-membering the Body and her Postcolonial Studies Book Series. She has an active interest in the Digital Humanities and how digital technologies are transforming education in the 21st century.
Associate Professor, Department of English, Kean UniversityCAS 329 Dept. of English,1000 Morris Avenue, Kean University, Union NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 737-0385
Michelle Yee is an independent scholar based in New York City. Her research interests include contemporary transnational Asian art, cosmopolitanism, memory and trauma, relational aesthetics and photography. She recently co-edited a special issue of Third Text called The Transnational Turn: East Asian Mobility which included her article, “Enabling Cosmopolitan: Lee Mingwei’s Intimate Moments and Strange Spaces. She has also contributed an essay entitled “Moving Materials: Reclaiming Histories of Migration” for the exhibition catalogue of Indigo Narratives. Michelle holds an MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Art History and English from Georgetown University.
Specializes in post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections. Her publications include: Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (Rutgers University Press, 2005); an essay in Dissonances (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2008); and “From Space to Environment: The Origins of Kankyō and the Emergence of Intermedia Art in Japan” in Art Journal (Fall 2008).
Associate Professor of Art History/Gallery Director
Art Department, NJCU, Jersey City, NJ
Mitsuko Brooks was born on the Misawa Air Force Base in Japan, and lives in New York and Los Angeles. She is a current MFA Candidate and Teaching Assistant at UCLA’s Painting/Drawing program, and earned her B.F.A. at Cooper Union in New York. Brooks is a member of The Asian American Women Artists Association, The Diasporic Arts Network and attended the semester residential program The Oxbow School in Napa Valley, California. She completed artist residencies with The Wassaic Project (2014), The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (2012), and The School of Making Thinking (2013). Brooks was awarded The Sally Van Der Lier Fellowship, the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., The Bette Midler Scholarship, and The Resnick Grant. She has exhibited internationally and nationally at The San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Arts, SOMArts, Materials for The Arts, The Center for Strategic Art & Architecture, Rush Arts Gallery, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. Brooks’ artist books, zines and mail art collages are in permanent collections at Smithsonian’s Archive of American Art, Canada’s Artexte Information Centre Barnard College’s Library in New York, and Otis College of Art and Design’s Artist Book Collection in Los Angeles.
MFA Candidate, Teaching Assistant
Institutional Contact: UCLA Graduate School of Arts,
Painting and Drawing Dept.
UCLA Graduate Art Studios
8535 Warner Drive
Culver City, CA 90232
879 Dekalb Avenue, #5, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Nari Baker is M.A. Candidate in International Studies at the University of Washington and an installation artist based in Seattle, WA. Born in Incheon, South Korea and adopted to the U.S. as an infant, she is a graduate of Hampshire College (B.A. and Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate 2005) and a Fulbright scholar (South Korea, 2007-2008). She has been involved in Korean transnational adoptee community art-making, organizing and politics since 2003 and was a 2010-2011 resident artist at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle, WA She has also shown work at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
Artist and MAIS Candidate, University of Washington
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
Alsdorf professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, Dept. of Art history, theory and criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60603
Free-lance journalist.Relevant reporting interest:
Asian Americans in literature, music, theatre, and televisionTo find most of my journalism concerning Asian Americans in the arts, go to www.indiacurrents.com, then do a search within that website for “ranjit souri”
René J. Marquez
René Marquez’s work examines the material image and its roles in signifying place. Born in the Philippines, he explores issues of migration, travel/tourism, and domestication. He is particularly interested in popular culture’s constructions of ethnicity relative to immigration and colonial history. Past exhibitions include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the International Center of Photography, University of California-Irvine, College of William and Mary, the Delaware Biennial, and the Ayala Museum in Manila, the Philippines. He received his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds an MA in Asian Studies from Cornell University. He resides in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area where he serves on the Art faculty at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.
Department of Art, University of Delaware
104 Recitation Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Asian American literature and culture, postcolonial and empire studies, narrative studies, visual culture, critical race theory.
The University of Michigan, Program in American Culture,
3700 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045t: 734.476.0227 | f: 734.936.1967
Chicago-based, working on two projects, ‘Even the Ocean’ , an adventure/narrative-focused video game ( http://www.eventheocean.com , and ‘Perfect’, a nontraditional music album / software ( http://seancom.nfshost.com/music_perfect.html ) .
I’m usually doing game design, coding, and music production (solo work or for my games), though I also have an interest in 3D modeling, photography and video-making.
I like writing theory and criticisms about and using ideas from video games, architecture, music, film, digital space (Internet, social media, etc), novels, photography, art history, art, sociopolitical theory, etc. I also enjoy writing fiction, learning Japanese and playing video games. I have interests in digital spaces/identity/race/etc and digitization of various mediums.
I’m mixed race (Taiwanese/Japanese/Irish). I graduated with a BS in Computer Science from UChicago in 2013. I made ‘Anodyne’. ( http://www.anodynegame.com ) . Contact me at @sean_htch on twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even the Ocean, courtesy of the artist.
Shelly Bahl is an interdisciplinary artist born in Benares, India, raised in Toronto and currently based in New York City. Her art projects have been presented in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally. Bahl is a founding artist member of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network in Toronto. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in NYC and Mercer Union Gallery, A Space Gallery and SAVAC in Toronto. She has worked with numerous arts organizations as an educator, curator and arts programmer and is currently teaching at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.
Artist/ Curator/ Educator
Shelly Bahl, The Sweetest Gift, II, Mixed-media interactive installation, 2018. Commissioned by the Asian Arts Initiative for their 25th Anniversary project, “Then and Now.”
Shelly Jyoti is a visual artist, fashion designer, poet ,researcher and independent curator whose research centers on design and visual representation of 20th century costumes. She is trained in fashion design and clothing technology at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (an affiliate of FIT NY) and earned her Masters degree in English Literature from Punjab University in Chandigarh.Recent shows include:Indigo:New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina 2009-2010(ABS Red Earth Gallery-Baroda2009;Palm Court Gallery -India Habitat Center-New Delhi2009;Nehru Center –Mumbai2010)Women imaging Women:The study of female portraiture(The state street gallery) Robert Morris University Chicago, Beyond Mithila :Exploring the Decorative (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai; India Habitat Center, New Delhi 2008/2009) and Lyrical Abstraction: A room of/for muses (Experimental Art Gallery- India Habitat Center, New Delhi 2007, Welcom Art Gallery Baroda 2009). Her writings and paintings have been published internationally.Her works are in collection with Sahitya Akademi, the journal of Indian English literature. Jyoti has been a juror, given talks, conducted workshops in art and fashion schools in India and abroad. She is an advisory board member of Disha , a non-profit organizations dedicated to helping children with autism, and Socleen , a non-profit environmental organization.Shelly Jyoti lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
ShiPu Wang is an art historian and assistant professor at the University of California, Merced. His areas of expertise are twentieth-century art and visual culture in a global context, specializing in modernism and critical theories on race, nationalism, and diaspora in American art. His current research focuses on the diverse body of work by émigré Asian and Asian American artists in prewar America.
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343t: 209.228.4038
I’m a community-based San Francisco artist and writer whose thirty years of visual art, poetry and prose arise from my perspective as a third-generation (Sansei) Japanese American woman. My family and personal history are marked by immigration, war, mass incarceration, race and gender discrimination, and economic exploitation, counterbalanced by spiritual and cultural roots and strong cross-cultural affinities.I began painting and printmaking in 1980-1982 and then took a long break to raise three children as a single parent. I worked as an art director from 1984-1998 for J. Walter Thompson and other agencies on clients like Chevron, Kaiser, de Young Museum, and Centers for Disease Control); editor of Nikkei Heritage magazine, National Japanese American Historical Society, 1999-2001; English editor of The Beam (Hokubei Mainichi’s quarterly magazine), 2000-2001. I co-authored Century of Change with a 100-yearold Nisei, Nellie Nakamura (2002); and authored In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment, a CCLPEP project with MIS NorCal (AACP 2006). My poetry and prose have been published several anthologies, including InvAsian (Asian Women United 2004), Cheers to Muses (AAWAA 2007), and Empty Shoes (Popcorn press, 2010) My partner Ben Pease and I did the cartography for Rebecca Solnit’s award-winning book, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (UC Press 2011), and the upcoming New Orleans atlas,Unfathomable City.
I reconnected with art in 2006 through Kearny Street Workshop, SOMArts’s Dia de los Muertos, Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), and the Northern California chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA). Since 2009, I have participated in 10-12 exhibits a year, including: the solo shows Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity, UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center (2010) 29 pieces, mixed media, photocollage and photography; and Ephemeral Allure; Eternal Struggle, UC Santa Barbara Women’s Center (2011) 39 paintings and photographs look at feminism 40 years later). Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience, John F. Kennedy University (2010), 80+ works by four Sansei women artists; and Laramie: A Gem City Atlas, a cartographic collaboration with Rebecca Solnit and the University of Wyoming Creative Writing MFA Program, UWyo Art Museum (2011), Arts at CIIS (2012) and Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco (2012). I submit to 10-12 group exhibitions per year to promote the inclusion of Asian American art in venues like: From the Center Now! national WCA show curated by Lucy Lippard (2010), Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, SOMArts (2011, traveling to Kinsey Museum 2012), United Nations NGO conference, Mexico City (2010), SOMArts Dia de los Muertos (annually 2008-2011), Institute of Humanities Research, Arizona State University at Tempe (2012).My papers are archived at California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, UC Santa Barbara. I serve on the AAWAA advisory board and the NCWCA board (publicity/member relations).
1717 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Chinese Art,Theory & CriticismResearch Interests:
Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge. He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Associate Professor, Chinese Art,Theory & Criticism
Department of Art and Art History
Campus Box 90764, Duke University
Durham NC 27708-0764
t: 919.684.2224 | f: 919.684.4398
Tiffany Le is currently in her first year of the Master’s program in Art History at Concordia University. She is an editorial assistant for the Journal of Asian Diaspora Visual Culture and the Americas.
Her research interests include provenance research, the restitution of cultural property, collection practices in both private and public art markets, as well as the role of art in articulating and shaping individual and collective identities.
Tomie Arai is public artist who lives and works in New York City. Ms. Arai has painted murals with community groups on the Lower East Side and has designed permanent public works of art for the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, the NYC PerCent for Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the NYC Board of Education and the San Francisco Arts Commission.Tomie collaborates with writers, architects, historians, curators, and local communities to create work that reflects the rich cultural diversity of the Americas. Through the use of autobiography, shared family stories and photographs, historical material and oral histories Arai explores the complex relationship between history and art. Tomie is interested in projects that encourage interaction between artists and non-artists and reflect multiple points of view. Through these public projects, Arai uses the specificity of her experience as an Asian American as a personal space in which to locate broader issues of race and gender; a space through which a glimpse of common ground is made possible.
646 456 0821
Apart from my education in studio art, I have a Bachelors degree in Biology, two years of research experience in an Environmental Science lab, and I am also an amateur writer. I have found that art is the best way to combine and utilize my knowledge and abilities, and to transform them into visible results. I create interdisciplinary work, using different media to unify a certain theme with multiple layers of narration. In my recent projects, I started to use my knowledge and understanding of literature to create a new level of intervention. This can be seen in my rencent project “Vanitas.” “Vanitas” ultimately end up as a space includes a sequence of videos, as well as paintings, texts and objects. I believe literature is an imaginary reality distilled from human society. When I transformed two European fictions from the 19th century and placed them into a contemporary social context, I attempted to re-envision these stories by changing the time and space in which they occur.
908 Beacon St, Apt 2
Vanitas(movie poster)_Selling Slaves in Rome by Joseph_2014_photograph_16.5 x 23.4 inches
Viet Lê is an artist, creative writer, and curator dealing with issues of representation, memory, sexuality, modernity, and trauma. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center, and PEN Center USA. His work has been featured in Fuse, Crab Orchard Review, Amerasia Journal, corpus; Flaunt and Nhà, among others.
Lê’s artwork has been exhibited in Korea, Canada, Italy, the United States, and Vietnam. Lê received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine where he has taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California based in Phnom Penh.
Title: Artist, Curator, Academic
Yong Soon Min
Yong Soon Min’s art practice, inclusive of curatorial projects, engages interdisciplinary sources and processes in the examination of issues of representation and cultural identities, and the intersection of history and memory.
8518 Saturn Street
LA, CA 90035
Young Min Moon
Young Min Moon is an artist, curator, and critic. He has exhibited his work in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea. His current interests include language-based art, the archive, and the politics of social praxis in contemporary art. Moon published a Korean-English bilingual catalogue (Hyunsil Cultural Studies, Seoul) for his curatorial project Incongruent: Contemporary Art from South Korea, an exhibition he has organized for St. Lawrence University. The exhibition traveled to Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video at Hampshire College and Hartnett Gallery at University of Rochester. Moon has also published an essay on the artist collective Mixrice in the journal Rethinking Marxism. His recent essay “The politics of curating contemporary Korean art for audience abroad” is included in the anthology Contemporary Asian Art (MIT Press, 2011). He is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
151 Presidents Drive FAC 357
t: 413.577.0624 | f: 413.545.3929
Zavé Martohardjono lives in Brooklyn and is Indonesian-American. He draws from a dance and writing practice to make performance, video, and installations. He received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York (2009), and was in the Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC Program (2011), Chez Bushwick’s artist residency (2015), Lambda Literary’s Emerging Writers Workshop (2015), and a residency at La MaMa (2016). Zavé’s has presented at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Center for Performance Research, Chashama 540, Crossing Arts Gallery, Dixon Place, Grace Exhibition Space, ISSUE Project Room, Judson Church, La MaMa E.T.C., Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Rats 9 Gallery, Recess, SOMArts, the Wild Project, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta.
232-262 Taaffe Place #209 Brooklyn NY 11205
GENERAL DYNAMICS (2015) developed in residency at Chez Bushwick and premiered at the Center for Performance Research. Photo by Cristobal Guerra.