A Place of Her Own, Opening Reception, Nov 19


See the dreams of women brought to life through soul-inspiring sound sculpture, a forest of giant intuitive paintings, and an enormous landscape of hand-built chairs and ladders. A Place of Her Own, November 19–December 11, features more than 30 artworks and large-scale installations that offer courageous visual answers to the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” At the opening reception on Thursday, November 19, 6–9pm, visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with artists and curators, to learn the story of arts-based transformation and healing that inspired the exhibition, and to join the journey through participation in three self-guided, art-making workstations.

Reclaim, Laura Ming Wong, Digital Photograph, 2015.

A Place of Her Own is the first of three SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibitions in the 2015–2016 season. Residency recipient and curator Cynthia Tom is driven by an abiding passion to spotlight issues facing Asian American women and develop artistic forums that heal and transform. Leading up to this exhibition, Tom facilitated a number of workshops with artists based on intuitive and healing art practices that stoked the ideas realized in the exhibited artworks. From large-scale installations to miniatures, written word, painting, found object assemblage and sculpture, exhibiting artists consider their own cultural and gender identities, process trauma and celebrate their personal power to overcome and to heal. Click here to learn more about the exhibition and exhibiting artists.


November 19–December 11, 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm, Closed November 26-28 for Thanksgiving

Artist-led Tour
Sunday, December 6, 1–4pm
Each artist will share the intimate story of her journey leading to the creation of A Place of Her Own. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything that puzzles them or that has aroused their curiosity, as well as the opportunity to participate in three self-guided art-making workstations.

Closing Reception & Community Potluck
Thursday, December 10, 6:30–8:30pm
A Place of Her Own Closing Reception is intended to be a community celebration, and an opportunity to meet the artists and curators. Visitors who participated in three self-guided art-making workstations while visiting the exhibition or attending other public events are encouraged to bring back the artworks they created for sharing and discussion. To participate in the potluck, RSVP at placepotluck.eventbrite.com.

The exhibition and all related events take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103, unless otherwise noted. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible.


Curators & Artists:
Cynthia Tom (Lead Curator)
Manon Bogerd Wada
Irene Wibawa
Adrienne Yan
Maggie Yee

Curatorial Associates & Artists:
Susan Almazol
Sigi Arnejo
Reiko Fujii

Nancy Arvold
Rachel Endoso
Evangeline Iyemura
Marlene Iyemura
Sujung Min
Natalie Sacramento
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
Sue Tom
Dechen Tsering
Hediana Utarti
Phuong Vuong
Laura Ming Wong

*Artist statements and bios are available here.

Images top to bottom: “Experiment D14-D15″ (detail, 2014-A), Irene Wibawa, photo courtesy of the artist; “Reclaim,” 2015, digital photograph, Laura Ming Wong, courtesy of the artist