Chronology

2015

Winter Member Meetup to see Maya Lin’s Art/Act, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA. February 1, 2015.

Jubilee Year Kick-off & Mural Muses Crowdfunding Launch Party, I-Hotel Manilatown Center, San Francisco, CA. October 10, 2015.

Jubilee Celebration: Shining Through, Celebrating AAWAA’s 25th Anniversary, Hilton Financial District, San Francisco, CA. November 14, 2015.

EXHIBITIONS

A Place of Her Own: An Art Open House, curated by Cynthia Tom, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. February 26-March 28, 2015.

Hungry Ghosts, as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian American Festival, curated by Michelle A. Lee, juried by Elizabeth Travelsight, I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA. April 2-29, 2015.

A Place of Her Own, as part of Cynthia Tom’s Curatorial Commons Residency, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. November 19-December 11, 2015.

LITERARY READINGS

Hungry Ghosts Closing Reception & Literary Reading, juried by Lisa Chiu, I-Hotel Manilatown Center, San Francisco, CA. April 29, 2015.


2014

Refresh Fundraiser, The Sequoias, San Francisco, CA. March 8, 2014.

Educational Lecture Series, San Francisco State University. April 2014.

Official Launch of New AAWAA Website, San Francisco, CA. April 24, 2014.

Eating Asian American Panel Discussion, as part of Eating Cultures,  SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. May 10, 2014.

A PLACE OF HER OWN Arts and Healing Workshops, 5th Series, in partnership with Cynthia Tom Arts and Healing, directed by Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. April-July 2014.

Artists Workshop: Slide Slam with Margo Machida, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. July 18, 2014.

The Worlds of Bernice Bing, Film Screening and Audience Q&A with Lenore Chinn and Jennifer Banta Yoshida, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. June 13, 2014.

A PLACE OF HER OWN Arts Healing Residency and Workshops, Fall Semester Series, in partnership with Cynthia Tom Arts and Healing and Asian Women’s Shelter, AAWAA Studio, directed by Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona, San Francisco, CA. September 2014-January 2015.

Divided Attentions: The Worlds of Bernice Bing Film Screening and Panel Discussion, The Asian Art Museum, in partnership with Asia Society and Center for Asian American Media, as part of the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium’s Asian Contemporary Art Week, San Francisco, CA. September 28, 2014.

AAWAA Member Meetup, Dia de los Muertos exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. October 2014.

Holiday Potluck, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. December 20, 2014.

EXHIBITIONS

Eating Cultures, as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian American Festival, curated by Michelle A. Lee, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco. May 1-30, 2014.

A PLACE OF HER OWN Retrospective, curated by Cynthia Tom, The SEED Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA. June-July, 2014.

A PLACE OF HER OWN V, The SEED Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA. July-September, 2014.

LITERARY READINGS

Literary Sriracha, as part of Eating Cultures, curated by May-Lee Chai, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. May 17, 2014.


2013

Artists Salons, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. February, April, June 2013.

The Worlds of Bernice Bing Premiere, film screening and Q&A, Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. September 2013.

The Worlds of Bernice Bing VIP Screening & Abstract Expressionist Dinner , San Francisco, CA. November 2013.

EXHIBITIONS

Youthful Dreams, as part of the Emerging Curators Program, curated by Brian Ignacio, The Sequoias: Rotunda Gallery, San Francisco, CA. February 2013.

underCurrents & the Quest for Space, as part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asia America Festival, curated by Linda Inson Choy, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. May 2013.

Shifting the Body, as part of the Emerging Curators Program, curated by Pamela Ybanez, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, San Francisco, CA. June-July 2013.

LITERARY READINGS

Navigating the underCurrents, poetry readings as part of underCurrents & the Quest for Space, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. May 2013.


2012

Arts of Pacific Asia Show presents AAWAA. February-May 2012.

College Art Association Annual Conference Panel Presentation, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. February 2012.

Bi-monthly Artists Salons.

LITERARY & PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

A Joining of Rivers. March 2012.

The Enchanted Loom: Writers, Artists, and the Brain. April 2012.

Body Maps. May 2012.

Tales of Pangu. May 2012.

EXHIBITIONS

Hungry Ghosts: Yearning for Fulfillment, as part of the Emerging Curators Program, curated by Lisa Chiu, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco,CA. April-June 2012.

Flying Fish, as part of the Emerging Curators Program, with related performance, curated by Mido Lee and Mary Ma, Arc Studios & Gallery, San Francisco, CA. August 2012.


 

2011

Grant Writing Basics Workshop, with Nancy Hom, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. January 2011.

Golden Paints Workshop. AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. February 2011.

College Art Association Annual Conference Panel Presentation with Linda Inson Choy, Cynthia Tom, Mark Johnson, Margo Machida, Moria Roth and Susette Min. College Art College Art Association Annual Conference, New York. February 2011.

A Place of Her Own Artists Salon with guest speaker Canyon Sam, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. February-October 2011.

Refresh Fundraiser & Silent Auction: An Afternoon of Relaxation and Creativity. February 2011.

Cheers to Muses: A Conversation with Artists. May 2011.

Grant Writing Workshops, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. July 2011.

Speaker’s Bureau with Shizue Seigel, Xiaojie Zheng, Elaine Gin Louie, and Vivian Truong at San Francisco State University. September-November 2011.

A Place of Her Own Social Service Initiative Workshops, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. September-October 2011.

Open Studios: Artist Xiaojie Zheng, art benefit for AAWAA. October 2011.

The Art of Networking Workshop with Lisa Chow, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. October 2011.

Book Launch for Entering the Picture. October 2011.

A Place of Her Own Social Service Initiative Opening. December 2011.

EXHIBITIONS

A Place of Her Own: Community House, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. May 2011.

So What Do You Have To Say For Yourself? First Emerging Curators Program exhibition curated by Patricia Carino, Flax Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA. November 2011.


 

2010

A Place of Her Own Workshops & Works-in-Progress Salon, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. January 2010.

Grantwriting Basics Workshops, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. February 2010.

Eth-Noh-Tec Salon, co-presented by AAWAA, Nancy Hom and Shizue Seigel participate, Eth-Noh-Tec Studio, San Francisco, CA. March 2010.

A Place of Her Own Workshops & Works-in-Progress Salon, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. March 2010.

Lecture Series on Asian American Womens’ Art with Cynthia Tom, Crystal Fiel, Beverly Quintana, Shari DeBoer, Susan Almazol, and Susan Onodera. April 2010.

Works-in-Progress Salon, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA. May 2010.

Donor Appreciation Party. June 2010.

Workshop for API Legal Outreach’s API & Community Teach Out, youth workshop, San Francisco, CA. August 2010.

A Place of Your Own Workshop with API Legal Outreach Staff, San Francisco, CA. September 2010.

A Place of Her Own Panel Discussion with API Legal Outreach, San Francisco, CA. September 2010.

An Afternoon with Nancy Hom Artist Talk, in partnership with Manilatown Heritage Foundation. Readers: Suruchi Mohan, Debbie Yee, Maw Shein Win, Evelie Delfino Sales Posch, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Arlene Biala, Aimee Suzara. Plus Nancy Hom and Avotcja. San Francisco, CA. September 2010.

Lecture Series on Asian American Women’s Art with Cynthia Tom, Isabelle Pelaud and Valerie Soe’s Classes, San Francisco State University. September 2010.

 EXHIBITIONS

A Place of Her Own, Driftwood Salon Gallery, San Francisco, CA. September 2010.


 

2009

Lecture with Cynthia Tom, Catherine Ceniza Choy’s Ethnic Studies Class, UC Berkeley.

Golden Paints Workshop Series. AAWAA Studio, San Francisco, CA.

Asian American Women, Feminism, and the Arts Panel Discussion, presented by Asia Society and co-sponsored by AAWAA, Femina Potens Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA. March 2009.

Lecture on Asian American Women’s Art with Cynthia Tom and Isabelle Pelaud, Valerie Soe’s Asian American Studies Class, San Francisco State University, September 2009.

Lecture on Asian American Womens’ Art, Grey Choy’s Art Class, UC Berkeley. December 2009.

EXHIBITIONS

Artists-in-Residence, featuring 10 AAWAA artists, Kimball Education Gallery, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. January-February 2009.

A Place of Her Own, residency at the Kimball Gallery, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. January 2009.

20th Anniversary Exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, September 2009.

LITERARY READINGS

Cheers to Muses Reading, Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. January 2009.


 

2008

Boutique Fundraiser. January 2008.

Taxes for Artists Workshop Series I. February 2008.

UC Berkeley Lecture Series on AAWAA artists with Claire Hsu, Shizue Seigel, Sue Tom, Debbie Yee, Roshni, Olivia, Nellie, Betty, Vanessa, Eileen, Anh-Hoa, Ann Carli, and Miki Leavey. April 2008.

Exhibitor at the National Association of Asian American Professionals Symposia on Asian American Leadership. May 2008.

AAWAA Cocktail Mixer, new members meet incumbents.  June 2008.

AAWAA Salon, Kay Kang’s studio, San Francisco, CA. June 2008.

Lecture on Asian American Women’s Art with Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, San Francisco State University. October 2008.

Family Day at the De Young Museum, 5 AAWAA artists performed art demos, San Francisco, CA. November 2008.

Lecture on Asian American Womens’ Art with Cynthia Tom, Greg Choy’s class, UC Berkeley. December 2008.

AsianAMERICANArt: RE-Framing the Genre Panel Discussion, De Young Museum’s Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA. December 2008.

READINGS

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading, Bird & Beckett, San Francisco, CA. September 2008.

EXHIBITIONS

Cheers to Muses Exhibition, St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Center, San Francisco, CA. November 2008-2009.

Asian American Modern Art: Shifting Currents, curator walkthrough by curator Mark Johnson, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. December 2008.


 

2007

Publication of anthology, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, 128 page book featuring 77 visual and literary works by 64 artists and writers.

AAWAA awarded tax-exempt status as a 501c3 non-profit organization under the leadership of Debbie Yee and the support of Nancy Hom.

Cheers to Muses Book Launch, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Artist Panel Discussion, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.

Golden Paints Workshop, presented by Tesia Blackburn, AAWAA Office & Studio, San Francisco, CA.

Mojito Mixer Fundraiser, AAWAA Office & Studio, San Francisco, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

Sense & Sensuality, Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.

LITERARY READINGS

Sense & Sensuality, poetry reading at Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading,” Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading,” Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA.

APAture 9: Literary Showcase, co-presented with ZYZZYVA and Kearny Street Workshop, Space 180, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading, San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading, Bird & Beckett, San Francisco, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Cheers to Muses Literary Reading, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

God of Good Luck, reading and discussion by author Ruthanne Lum McCunn, co-presented by AAWAA, Manilatown, San Francisco, CA.


 

2006

AAWAA Open House celebrating AAWAA’s first office space, 1890 Bryant Street Studios, San Francisco, CA.

Estate Planning and the Working Artist: The Artist’s Legacy, workshop presented by attorney Debbie Yee, AAWAA Office & Studio, San Francisco, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

Cheers & Incantations, Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

READINGS

Cheers & Incantations, poetry reading by Asian American and Latina poets, Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.


 

2005

“Bay Area Asian American Women Artists,” slide presentation by Mills College students Lori Chinn and Maika Yuri Kusama and AAWAA artists Mary Rose Nakazato LaFreniere and Cynthia Tom, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

“Tao, Tea & Art,” art sale and benefit for AAWAA, Tao Café, San Francisco, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

Full Circle: Nancy Hom and Betty Nobue Kano, 8th Annual United States of Asian America, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, co-presented by AAWAA.

Accumulated Allusions, San Pablo Arts Gallery, work by seven AAWAA artists, curated by Anne Austin.


 

2004

AAWAA 15th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction, Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA.

LITERARY READINGS

Literary Reading by Barbara Jane Reyes, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery,  San Francisco, CA.

Mother’s Land: artists on the theme of motherhood, co-presented with Locus Arts, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA.

(S)kinship: African American and Asian American Connections, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

(S)kinship: African American and Asian American Connections, in association with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival in 2004, SomArts Cultural Center Main Gallery.

Crossing Bridges, CBS MarketWatch corporate offices, San Francisco, CA.

AAWAA Member Exhibit, D.P. Fong Galleries, San Jose, CA.


 

2003

Educational Presentation Packet project completed. The packet includes 5 samples of work from each of the 50 artists and writers, as well as artist statements, biographies, demographic information and essays.

EXHIBITIONS

Making their Mark: Concepts, Visions and Narratives by Asian American Women, in association with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s annual festival, “United States of Asian America 2003,” SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. Visual and literary works by 32 AAWAA artists, curated by Nora Nguyen.

Association for Asian American Studies Conference, San Francisco, CA. An exhibition of work by AAWAA artists and a slide display of the AAWAA Educational Presentation Packet.

LITERARY READINGS

Making their Mark, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.

Under a Two-thirds Moon: An All-genre Reading, Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco, CA, featuring AAWAA writers.

Reading at Lola Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Gallery reception and reading featuring AAWAA writers.


2002

EXHIBITIONS

Slowly Enter, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Works by six AAWAA artists represented, curated by Rachel Osajima.

Samplings from AAWAA, San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, CA. Works by eleven AAWAA artists represented, curated by Anne Austin.


 

2001

EXHIBITIONS

Crossing Bridges, CBS MarketWatch.com corporate offices and studios, San Francisco, CA. Over 20 AAWAA artists represented, juried by Bettina Leong.


 

2000

EXHIBITIONS

Seven Voices, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Works by AAWAA artists Kavita Bali, Shari Arai DeBoer, Jancy Chun-Sai Chang, Yeung Ha, Lori Kay, Cynthia Tom and Anna X.L. Wong showcased.

Passing, Euphrat Museum, Sunnyvale, CA. AAWAA artists include:  Kay Kang, Gayle Tanaka, Cynthia Tom, and Flo Oy Wong as well as other artistts Candi Farlice, Daniel Harris, Lisa Kokin,  and Rev. Timothy T. Tayor.


 

1999

They Hold Up Half the Sky, comprising two exhibitions:  Of Our Own Voice 1999 and Bernice Bing: A Memorial Tribute and Retrospective at SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.

AAWAA and M.H. de Young Memorial Museum host a celebration of the museum’s acquisition of a work on canvas by founding AAWAA member Bernice Bing.

SLIDE PRESENTATIONS

“The Life and Works of Bernice Bing,” SomArts, San Francisco, CA.

“Contemporary Issues of Asian American Women Artists,” SomArts, San Francisco, CA.


 

1998

Publication of Of Our Own Voice by Asian American Women Artists Association.

Celebration of publication at Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.

Celebration of publication at Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA.


 

1997

AAWAA receives a California Arts Council Grant to produce a catalogue of members’ work.

SF Chronicle article featuring Dawn E. Nakanishi and AAWAA (March 21).

Lecture: Flo Oy Wong and Lenore Chinn represent AAWAA at the National Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wong is co-moderator of panel 3×2: An Intergenerational Dialogue Between Asian American Women Artists. Panel includes Lenore Chinn and others.

SLIDE PRESENTATIONS

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.

Santa Clara University, Asian Student Body Career Day, Santa Clara, CA

SF State University, Asian Women’s Studies, San Francisco, CA.


 

1996

Second retreat at the home of Bernice Bing in Philo, CA.

AAWAA meets with Vas Prabu, Director of Education at the de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco.

Article on AAWAA published, “A Gathering of Kindred Spirits” by Diane Tani and Dawn E. Nakanishi for Journal of Art Criticism. Volume 3, Number 2, 1996.

SLIDE PRESENTATIONS

Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA, March 4.

Calero Community School, San Jose, CA, March 14.

UC Berkeley, Kim Anno’s class, Berkeley, CA, March 19.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA, March 25.

Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, April 3.

California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA, April 4.

Mills College, Oakland, CA, April 18.

John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA, May 3.

University Women’s Association, May 23.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, May 30.

Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA, May 31.

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, June 4.

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, June 4.

UC Berkeley, Keiko Yamanaka’s class, Berkeley, CA, November 19.


1995

Recipient of California Arts Council Grant to produce slide binders of members’ artwork.

Karin Higa, curator for Japanese American National Museum of Los Angeles, meets with AAWAA at San Francisco State University gallery for a walk-through of the exhibit, With New Eyes: Toward an Asian American Art History in the West, 1865-1965. Two of the show’s curators are members of AAWAA: Diane Tani and Dawn Nakanishi. AAWAA artists Bernice Bing and Anna Wu Weakland showcase their work in the exhibit.

South Bay Women’s Caucus for Art attends the meeting and walk-through.

EXHIBITIONS

With New Eyes: Toward an Asian American Art History in the West, 1865-1965, SF State University Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Rice, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA. Co-presented by AAWAA, open call to artists.


 

1994

Members Norine Nishimura, Lenore Chinn, and Betty Kano challenge Berkeley radio station KPFA’s programming choice of musician John Zorn, who exploits Asian women in his use of photography for his CD jackets, public relations, and performances. Kano participates in a radio discussion panel (April 16).

EXHIBITIONS

Yellow Forest, AAWAA 5th Anniversary Exhibition, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 85 artists represented.


1993

Third membership slide packet organized.

Kim Anno represents AAWAA at the National Women’s Caucus for Art.

Caucus conference in New York on a panel called Cross-Continental Dialogue: Asian American Network.

Slide presentations given at San Jose City College, San Jose, CA.

Artweek Interview of Flo Oy Wong and AAWAA; KGO TV, Channel 7.

Sunday At 7 Interview with member Miki Hsu Leavey.

EXHIBITIONS

Object As Identity, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA.

Power and Grace, St. Supery Winery, St. Helena, CA.

Time Echoes, C.N. Gorman Museum, UC Davis, Davis, CA.


1992

Members participate on panels for Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art conference at Mills College and UC Berkeley’s Persistence of Vision Asian American Arts Conference.

Slide presentations at UC Santa Cruz; San Jose State University Art Department; and The Fairmont Hotel, Asian American Studies presentation, San Jose, CA.

Guerrilla Girls are invited guests to AAWAA meeting.

Reviews in Sacramento Union (Jan/Feb); UC Santa Barbara paper; and Metro, San Jose, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

Different Voices, UC Santa Barbara Women’s Center, Santa Barbara, CA.

Gathering, dedicated to the late Hisako Hibi, Lite Rail Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Executive Order, Art League of San Jose, San Jose, CA.


 

1991

Second edition slides of members’ work is organized.

Slide presentations given at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and Berkeley Public Library.

Oakland Tribune article, “Art Beyond the Borders” and KFRC radio interview with members Indigo Som, Diane Tani, and Flo Oy Wong (July 15).

EXHIBITIONS

Spirits of East- and West-Asian American Women Artists, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA. First membership exhibition, coordinated by Betty Kano, Diana Yoshida, and Wendy Yoshimura.

Asian American Women Artists Association, Community Arts Gallery, Holiday Inn Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.

Aawaa-kin, Art Works Gallery, Fair Oaks, CA.


 

1990

First retreat at Shenoa, Mendocino County, CA.

Slide presentations given at College of Creative Arts Symposium, UC Santa Barbara, and Multicultural Center Open House, Sacramento, CA.


 

1989

Artists Flo Oy Wong and Betty Kano begin contacting Asian American women artists to submit slides for the Women’s Caucus for Art slide registry.

First gathering of artists, poets, and musicians meet at Betty Kano’s home.

The Asian American Women Artists Association is formed as subsequent gatherings take place and as artists share their work and discuss projects.

Kano and Wong present a slide show of art by Asian American artists at Sources of a Distinct Majority: Agenda for the 1990s conference, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Slide presentations continue at Mills College, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Cuba Biennele.