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AAWAA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications and educational programs, we offer thought provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialog.


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NEW WAYS TO JOIN: AAWAA's membership now includes AFFLIATES -scholars, curators and all supporters of Asian American Art. Expanding our membership to include those that write about and teach Asian American Art is a natural progression in our 23 year evolution. Join us in developing into the portal for information by and  about Asian American women in the arts.

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Help Shape Tomorrow’s Cultural Landscape

A Message from Cynthia Tom, AAWAA’s Board President

AAWA is approaching its 25th anniversary in 2014. Leading up to our landmark anniversary we are working harder than ever, producing projects such as our critically acclaimed and well-attended art exhibition underCurrents & the Quest for Space, and AAWAA's Online Archive Initiative - the first comprehensive online archive of contemporary Asian American women in the arts. 

By making a donation today to Asian American Women Artists Association, whether it's $10 or $1,000, you are investing in the building and establishment of an online archive that captures and presents Asian American women in the arts history. AAWAA has the capacity to influence the future of the arts and our communities and by donating to AAWAA your gift can do the same. Support an organization that courageously takes on the challenges of being Asian American, the responsibility to help heal our women, questioning stereotypes, and presenting impacting visions for the future Asian America.

With Gratitude,

Cynthia Tom, AAWAA Board President

Please contribute towards our goal of $40,000 for the fiscal year ending December, 2013. We have raised $25,000 towards our goal. If you haven't done so already, consider registering as an AAWAA friend, artist, or academic affiliate member. Contribute to our mission!

Donate online today or mail donations to: AAWAA, 1890 Bryant St. #302, San Francisco, CA 94110.


Current Projects:

Emerging Curators Program (ECP): Growing a curatorial focus on Asian American women in the arts.

Online Archive Initiative ( Construction of AAWAA’s new website, an archive featuring Asian American women in the arts - information, images, academic papers, video, and other resources for research and learning.

Exhibitions: A Place of Her Own and underCurrents & the Quest for Space.  Initiating important discussions that aim to heal our communities.

The Worlds of Bernice Bing: Promotion of AAWAA’s documentary film on the life and times of  Bernice Bing, our foremother, artist and community activist during the SF Beat Era


AAWAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 20-4544106.
The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.

For more information contact AAWAA at and (415) 722-4296.

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AAWAA's 2012 Year in Review


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Arts of Pacific Asia Show
Fort Mason, San Francisco
AAWAA was highlighted as the Contemporary Asian American Art representative

Asian Americans at College Art Association
Annual Conference, Los Angeles

AAWAA presented a scholarly panel on
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Chair: Lydia Nakashima Degarrod. Panelists: Jen Banta, Margo Machida, Suzette Min, and Pallavi Sharma

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Cynthia Tom, Jen Banta, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Pallavi Sharma, Margo Machida
Inson Choy, Kay Kang, Shizue Seigel

February - May_______________________________________

Literary and Performing Arts
The LP Series featured Asian American women artists performing in variety of media including film/video, music, spoken word, and multimedia collaboration.

A Joining of Rivers 21. LP Series: A Joining of Rivers
Curated by Nancy Hom
International Museum of Women, San Francisco
Performers: Evelie Delfino Sales Posch, Genny Lim, Nancy Hom, Yuko Tamura Biala, Arlene Biala, Ellen Reiko Bepp

2. LP Series: The Enchanted Loom: Writers, Artists and the Brain
Curated by Pireeni Sundaralingam
Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco
Artists & Performers: Samantha Chanse, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Claire Light, Jai Arun Ravine, Sandya Sood, Quynh Vantu, Debbie Yee

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3. LP Series: Body Maps
Curated by Margaret Rhee
La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley
Performers: Bonnie Kwong, Barbara Jane Reyes, Leah Lakshimi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Celeste Chan, Jezebel Delilah X, Jai Arun Ravine, Monica Ong Reed, Rona Luo, Kim Tran, HaeTae, Jean Vengua, Debbie Yee, Yaya

4. LP Series: Tales of Pangu: Lifting Up the Sky
Curated by Nancy Wang
CounterPULSE, San Francisco
Performers: Nancy Wang, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, GAPA Men's Chorus, Kenji Oshima

See a short video of the series!

May and  August_______________________________________

Emerging Curators Program exhibitions
AAWAA's Emerging Curators Program provides a platform for curators to develop their vision and curatorial expertise in Asian American Art.

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Curated by Lisa Chiu
Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco

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Curated by Mido Lee & Li Ma 
Co-sponsored by Kearny Street Workshop
Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Workshop: Self-Defense for Women & Artists
Coordinated by Khay Hembrador and Julie Soo
Karate USA, San Francisco

Guest Artist Salon: Glamourbaby Diaries,
video screening and discussion at AAWAA Studios
Guest Speaker: Ruby Veridiano, founder of Glamourbaby Diaries


REFRESH! AAWAA's Signature Fundraiser
Shiz at RefreshAt our 3rd annual Silent Auction, guests were invited to participate in makeovers, photo shoots and enjoy lovely food courtesy of Jitlada Thai.
We are already looking for interesting items for the next auction. Shiz Seigel won the accommodations in Italy.

Thanks to Sue Tom for arranging for the lovely venue in

The Sequoia's Atrium, 1400 Geary, San Francisco.

Year Round

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Speakers' Bureau

AAWAA provides trained speakers, artists and arts advocates for the classroom and events. Let us know if your organization needs a lecture on Asian American Art or if you would like to receive training yourself.


Asia Society to partner with AAWAA 
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Asia Society and AAWAA are forging a future partnership to increase attention on Asian American Art. Thanks to Nancy Hom for connecting us with this vitally important organization.

Asia Society Robert Bullock, Director of Programs, Wendy Soone-Broder, Director of Global Corporate Development



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  • Emerging Curators Program
  • Archives
  • LP Series-Literary and Performing Arts

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AAWAA Board of Directors

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Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women

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Cheers to Muses is a spirited tribute to the creative efforts of Asian American women artists and writers across generations and cultural backgrounds. Honoring those who inspired them, the works in this collection offer readers intimate glimpses into the contemporary sensibilities and experiences of Asian American women's lives.”
— Margo Machida, Associate Professor, Art History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut
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