What: (re-)CLAIM, an exhibition curated by Jennifer Banta and Pamela Wu Kochiyama, and Mining the Creative Source, an exhibition curated by Nancy Hom.
When: Opening reception on Thursday, May 6 from 5pm to 8pm.
Exhibition dates: Thursday May 6 through Friday May 28, 2010.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12pm to 7pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm
Free admission

APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival, now in its 13th year, presents and highlights art and artists reflecting the unique and diverse experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders in America. This month-long festival hosts over 80 participating artists, more than 10 collaborating organizations, features many free events, and showcases talents from a vast range of artistic disciplines including theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts and more.

Over the past thirteen years, the United States of Asian American Festivals have presented more than 1,000 Asian American artists and organizations serving  APICC’s mission to support and produce multidisciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in America. Past festivals have included visual arts exhibitions co-sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society, Kearny Street Workshop, SF Arts Commission Gallery and many others. Bringing together the artistic accomplishments and the cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities, the festival showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and heightens the visibility of artists working in all disciplines. More information for all United States of Asian America Festival events can be found at http://www.apiculturalcenter.org.

(re-)CLAIM presents the work of Mark Baugh-SasakiKathy Fuji-OkaSu-Chen Hung;Christina MazzaJudy Shintani and Truong Tran in a critical investigation into the discarded objects of the everyday or what gets left behind and the redemptive process that renders an object “fundamentally new.” How does detritus reveal the imprint of its locality and the residue of human lives? This exhibition locates the self in poetic, imaginary as well as ecological modes and gives voice to moments personal and historical by re-framing the present. In a time of frugality and perceived scarcity- the impetus that nothing shall be discarded also includes stories, history, memory and ultimately, our deep interconnections.

Mining the Creative Source is an exhibition of artwork from APICC’s INSPIRE/ASPIRE workshops. In a series of monthly workshops designed to inspire and challenge participants, internationally acclaimed artist Flo Oy Wong and other guest artists offered fresh approaches to creative expression. From doll-making to personal narratives to mandalas, each workshop led to deeper exploration and discovery of both self and the art form. This exhibit of the resulting work shows the range of creativity that unfolded in this process, during class and afterward. Participants ranged in age from pre-teens to senior citizens. Curated by Nancy Hom.