A Place of Her Own: May 5—27

What: An exhibition featuring the unique and diverse experiences of 23 modern Asian American women artists
When: Thursday, May 5 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Where: SOMArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street (between 8th and 9th)
What Else:
Free admission. More information at www.aplaceofherown.org

The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and API Cultural Center‘s (APICC) 14th United States of Asian America Festival are pleased to present A PLACE OF HER OWN, an arts exhibition where 23 Asian American women artists respond in thought provoking ways to the question, ““If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

Conceived in 2007, curator Cynthia Tom has developed A Place of Her Own as a long-term project inspired by the idea of environments for women or encouraging the women to build their own. Across cultures and generations, and through necessity, parental, or cultural training—women have learned to compromise themselves. They set aside their own desires to support others; rarely do women claim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. What happens when we expand the parameters beyond the concept of a room and discover a place in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?A Place of Her Own provides an exceptional glimpse into the unique and diverse experiences of the modern Asian American woman. The artwork depicts a personal, yet universal, journey to seek out and claim a metaphorical and/or physical place without external rules or expectations, acting as a vehicle for each artist to interact with their world on their own terms. These artistic responses come to fruition as art installations, written word, paintings, printmaking, and more.  Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor Ethnic Studies–U.C. Berkeley

The exhibition is curated by APICC and AAWAA’s curatorial team; juried by Kim Anno, Chair of Painting at the California College of the Arts, and Kimi Taira, assistant at the Asian Art Museum Conservation Department. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, APICC and the California Arts Council.

The modern-day Asian American woman’s experience, viewed from an array of perspectives, is the focal point of programs held in conjunction with this exhibition. These include:
An Opening Reception  Thursday, May, 5, 2011, 6-9 pm
4 Artists Talk About Their WorkSaturday, May, 14, 2011, 2-4 pm
A Literary Reading        Thursday, May, 19, 2011, 7-9 pm
A Closing Reception     Thursday, May, 26, 2011, 6-9pm





Participating Artists:
Susan Almazol, Salma Arastu, Arlene Biala, Shari Arai DeBoer, Cristal Fiel, Kathy Fuji-Oka, Nancy Hom, Amanda Ichihashi-Jagerman, Kay Kang, Karen Llagas, Elaine Louie, Christina Mazza, Kelsay Myers, Choppy Oshiro, Isabelle Pelaud, Shizue Seigel, Pallavi Sharma, Judy Shintani, Cynthia Tom, Elizabeth Travelslight, Vivian Truong, Irene Wibawa, Anna Wong, Xiaojie Zheng