Artist Statement

I work with narrative, language, and identity, crafting pieces based on personal experience. I believe the construction of cultural identities is an ongoing process, which cannot be merely picked and chosen. As an artist, my cultural identity—being Chinese American, multilingual, female, from the Bay Area—is wholly integrated within and cannot separate from my practice. My work is confessional, using my own life details to examine broader themes of Asian American identity and the flexing boundaries of public vs. private. It also examines the negotiations, experiences, and expectations of different (sometimes contradicting) cultural values and directions. Within my work, I act as first person narrator and my thoughts provide insights into my choices as both artist and editor.

Artist Bio

Alison Ho is an interdisciplinary artist. Originally from Campbell, California, she is currently based in Eugene, Oregon. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara as a Regents Special Fellow and holds an MFA in Art. In 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon and holds a BFA in Digital Arts.

CV

EDUCATION MFA        2013 Art, University of California Santa Barbara BFA          2010 Digital Arts, Magna Cum Laude, University of Oregon Minors in Business Administration & Community Arts 2007 Art History, AHA International Study Centre, London, England   PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2014-     Department of Art Career Instructor (Digital Arts), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Department of Art Senior Graphic Designer, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Design Camp Digital Arts Instructor, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2013-14                 Department of Art Adjunct Instructor (Digital Arts), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2013      Design Camp Digital Arts Instructor, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Department of Art Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Department of Asian American Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Department of Art Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2011      Design Camp Teaching Assistant, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2010      Department of Art Digital Arts Assistant, University of Oregon, Portland, OR   TEACHING EXPERIENCE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON Understanding Contemporary Media, Lecture (Spring 2015) Introduction to Video Art, Studio (Winter 2015 & Spring 2015) Digital Drawing, Studio (Winter 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2014) Print Media Digital Arts, Lecture (Fall 2014) Interactive Digital Arts, Lab Sections (Winter 2014 & Spring 2014) Digital Imaging, Studio (Fall 2013) UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA (TEACHING ASSISTANT) The Intersections of Art and Life (Spring 2013 & Spring 2012) Introduction to Asian American Literature (Winter 2013) Lower-Division Print (Fall 2012) Introduction to Contemporary Practice I: Image Studies (Summer 2012) Introduction to Contemporary Practice III: Art, Science and Technologies (Winter 2012) Lower-Division Photography (Fall 2011)   AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS 2013      The Florimbi/Simon Award, UC Santa Barbara 2012      Department of Art Block Grant, UC Santa Barbara Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara University of California Regents Special Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara 2011      Juror’s Award, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA The Ohio State University Fellowship (Not Taken), The Ohio State University 2009      Diversity Excellence Scholarship, University of Oregon Clara Nasholm Scholarship, University of Oregon   2008      General Development Scholarship, University of Oregon 2007      Stetson Scholarship, University of Oregon Society of College Scholars Scholarship, University of Oregon 2006         William H. Stenhjem Jr. Scholarship, University of Oregon 2005-10         Dean’s Non-Resident Scholarship, University of Oregon 2005      Laurel Scholarship, University of Oregon   EXHIBITION RECORD 2015      Seeking, Solo Exhibition, Light Court Commons, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2014      Eating Cultures co-presented by Asian American Women Artist Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA Perception/Perspective Solo Exhibition, Diversity Resource Center, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR Gender Power Space, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR 2013      Tangibles: Beauty & Purpose in the Art of the Book, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ Heart & Hands, University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library, Omaha, NE APAture: A Window into the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists presented by Kearney Street Workshop, Arc Studios and Gallery, San Francisco, CA Keep in Touch, UC Los Angeles New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Inside Out, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA Heart & Hands, University of Nebraska Lincoln Love Library, Lincoln, NE Your Prize is at the Bottom of the Pool, Gallery 479, Santa Barbara, CA 2012      Open Studios, Harder Stadium, Santa Barbara, CA Agit Prop, Left Coast Books, Goleta, CA Happy with Either, College of Creative Studies Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA Boom, Den Contemporary, West Hollywood, CA Imprint, Print Lab, Santa Barbara, CA I am curious, Left Coast Books, Goleta, CA The New MFAs of UCSB & UC Davis, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA First Year Review, Gallery 479, Santa Barbara, CA The Department of Fortunes: Tellers Now Available, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 2011      Open Studios, Harder Stadium, Santa Barbara, CA Xtravagant Lies, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA To Missoula, with Love, Frontier Space, Missoula, MT 2010      Luminous Deer, White Box, Portland, OR Copy Cat, John Ross Studio Plaza, Portland, OR I took a nap, instead of thinking conceptually, White Stag Building, Portland, OR 2009      Inspiration China (Invitational), White Box, Portland, OR Project, Millrace Studios, Eugene, OR   BIBLIOGRAPHY RECORD 2014      Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery, “Alison Ho - Eugene, Oregon,” 365artists365days.com, June 11, 2014. “亞美女性藝術家以食物為主題開展 (05-09-14),“ Television Interview about Eating Cultures, TVB USA, May 9, 2014. 2013      CatSynth, “APAture 2013 Opening Night,” CatSynth, October 24, 2013. Alan Bamberger, “Gregory Lind - Don Soker - Alter Space - Susan Alexander - ArtZone 461 - Arc - 10.05.13,” ArtBusiness.com, October 5, 2013. Josef Woodard, “Art Review: Taking Sides, In and Out, Reality or Bust—This year’s UCSB MFA Thesis Exhibition, ‘Inside Out,’ lives up   to the reputation of years past,” Santa Barbara News-Press, May 31, 2013. Megan Fisher, “MFA Students Debut Impressive Thesis Show,” The Daily Nexus, May 30, 2013. 2012      Jeanette Casillas, “Jane Deering Gallery: The new MFAs of UCSB + UC Davis,” CasaSB.com, March 10, 2012. Demi Anter, “Art MFAs Share their Work in On-Campus Show,” The Daily Nexus, March 8, 2012. 2009      Calvin Ross Carl and Ashley Sloan, “University of Oregon White Box Gallery: ‘Inspiration China’ Group Show,” OpenwidePDX.com, October 26, 2009.   LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS 2015      Presenter at the University of Nevada College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium, Reno, NV The Artist Experience Lecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2014      Understanding Contemporary Media Lecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR The Artist Experience Lecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2013      Art in the Postmodern World Artist Lecture, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Art, Design & Architecture Museum Artist Talk, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Asian American Aesthetics Artist Lecture, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA The Intersections of Art and Life Artist Talk, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Arts Symposium, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Asian Americans in Popular Culture Artist Lecture, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2011      Arts Symposium, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Lower-Division Photography Artist Talk, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2010      Just Add Vinyl Workshop, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR   COLLECTIONS UC Santa Barbara Arts Library Artist Book Collection, Santa Barbara, CA UC Santa Barbara Davidson Library Department of Special Collections, Santa Barbara, CA University of Oregon Architecture & Allied Arts Library Secure Collection, Eugene, OR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 2015      Hosted Visiting Artist Richard Ross, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Richard Ross Juvenile-in-Justice Public Lecture Organizer (Co-sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication, Multicultural Center, and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for the Department of History of Art and Architecture Website, UC Santa Barbara, CA Designer for 2015 Spring Storm Department of Art Annual Senior Show Identity & Catalog, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Digital Arts BFA Winter Reviewer, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Member of the Asian Pacific Islander Strategies Group, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence WINGS Mentor Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for Unfiltered Kilter Alumni Exhibition at White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Designer for Winter 2015 Graduate Reviews, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2014      Digital Arts BFA Fall Reviewer, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Graduate Fall Reviewer, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Hosted Visiting Artist Harry Reese, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR School of Architecture and Allied Arts Majors Fair, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Peer Review Letter of Evaluation for Department of Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara, CA Digital Arts BFA Winter Reviewer, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Graduate School Workshop Panel Speaker, WINGS Mentor Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR   Designer for 2014 Spring Storm Department of Art Annual Senior Show Identity & Catalog, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for Department of Art User’s Guide, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series Identity, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Disjecta, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Designer for 2nd Year MFA Exhibition at White Box, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence WINGS Mentor Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Volunteer for Kathy Marmor Installation, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2013      Digital Arts BFA Fall Reviewer, University of Oregon, Portland, OR Participant in the Academic Program Review Panel for the Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Participant in the Academic Program Review Panel for the Department of Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Designer for Inside Out 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA 2012      Designer for MFA Open Studios, Harder Stadium, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2011      Volunteer/Designer for Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity, Hanapepe, Kaua`i, HI 2010      Designer for Luminous Deer 2010 BFA Exhibition at White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2009      Portland Student Action Committee Digital Arts Representative, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2008      Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence IMPACT Mentor Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2006      Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence Student Leadership Team, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR   PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) United Academics of the University of Oregon (UAUO)

Categories

  • Book Arts
  • Mixed Media
  • Visual Arts
  • Eugene, OR
  • East Asian
  • Conceptual
  • Design
  • Digital
  • Experimental
  • Installation
  • Mixed Media
  • Narrative
  • Performance Art
  • Photography