Artist Statement

Judy Shintani is the Narrator of Culture. The unspoken compels her to create. She believes art leads us in a search for our connection and our identity. Shintani’s work depicts family stories, honors Japanese American history, showcases women’s issues, and offers viewers ways to participate and become art collaborators. She works with found objects, organic materials, video, words, and most recently with cultural clothing, to create assemblages and installations.

Artist Bio

Japanese American artist Judy Shintani was born in Ames, Iowa to a mother from Honolulu, Hawaii and a father from Poulsbo, Washington. Her father’s family lost their oyster farming business when they were taken to Tule Lake Internment Camp.. Her mother saw the bombers flying overhead on their way to attack Pearl Harbor. Her family ended up in the Central Valley of California where her mother was the first Asian American elementary school teacher in Lodi, and her father worked in television broadcasting. She has exhibited throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, including in: A solo show at In Linimal Space, Enso Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA, 2011; A Place of Her Own produced by the Asian American Women Artist Association, SOMArts Gallery, SF, 2010; Distillations, Meditations of the Japanese American Experience, JFKU Gallery, Berkeley 2010; Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s 13th Annual United States of Asian American Festival SOMArts Gallery, SF 2010; APAture 2009, Kearny Street Workshop, SF; American /Asian, A Tale of New Cultures, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2009; Balancing Perspectives: East Asian Influences in Contemporary Art, JFK University in association with the de Young Museum, Berkeley, 2008; Women on War, Northern California Women’s Caucus on Art at the Mission Cultural Center 2008; Dream It, Build It, The Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, 2007. Shintani speaks about Asian American Art and Women’s Art at conferences, galleries, high schools, colleges, and organizations including San Francisco State, De Anza Community College, JFKU, ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle, Enso Gallery in Half Moon Bay, and National League of American Pen Women. Judy is the founder and curator of the Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Auction in Half Moon Bay, CA, in it’s seventh year of raising money for medical care for those in need around the world. She was warded the Peninsula Arts Council 2012 Award for donor support. In addition to making art, she facilitates art workshops including: Wellbeing Mandala Workshop, Gifts of Our Ancestors Youth Workshop; History, Healing, and Hope Community Workshop, with Legacies of War and ArtXchange Gallery; Inter-Generational Storytelling Workshop with Half Moon Bay Senior Center and Coastside Children’s Programs. Shintani owns and runs the Kitsune Community Art Studio in an old dairy barn in Half Moon Bay, hosting a monthly women’s project drop in, book club, art workshops, herb walks, drumming, and more. She is a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Caucus and on the board of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art. Judy has a Masters in Transformative Art from JFK University, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.


EXPERIENCE JFKU ARTS AND CONSCIOUSNESS FACULTY Art and Culture and Transformation, 2014, Berkeley Campus, CA CHILDREN’S ART SPECIALIST, 2000 – present • La Honda and Pescadero Elementary GATE Art Program, 2014 • Painting a New Vision, 2014, Presidio, San Francisco, CA • Intergenerational Lighting the Way Lantern Painting, 2012, Half Moon Bay, CA • Coastside Children’s Programs, 2005 – 2011, Half Moon Bay, CA Developed and facilitated art lesson plans for kids ages 3-11, at three different centers • Time machine creation from recycled materials, script and storyboard development, and video shoot • Designing and creating t-shirts • Mask making based on elements • Collaborative projects – tree of life, wall installation with recycled materials • Arts Enrichment Grant Program, teaching artist, 12/2009 – 2010, San Jose, CA • Inter-Generational Storytelling Workshop, 2008, Half Moon Bay Senior Center and Coastside Children’s Programs • Children’s Art Teacher, 2000-2001, Silicon Valley location COMMUNITY ART EDUCATOR. 2004 – present • Art and Composition, Putting it All Together Series, Summer 2013, Community Art Studio, Half Moon Bay, CA • Art Meditation, Kitsune Community Art Studio, 2012 – present, Half Moon Bay, CA • Bookmaking Workshops, Coastside Senior Center, 2011, Half Moon Bay, CA • Wellbeing Mandala Workshop, 3/2011, Three Rivers Artist Collective • Honoring Our Ancestors, 8/2010, JFKU, Berkeley, CA • Re-Create Workshop with recycled materials, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, 5/2010, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco • Wellbeing Mandala Workshop, Kitsune Community Art Studio, 3/2010, Half Moon Bay, CA • Mother/Daughter Art-making, Kitsune Community Art Studio, 3/2010, Half Moon Bay, CA • Gifts of Our Ancestors Youth Workshop, Asian Counseling Resource Center, 2/2010, Seattle • History, Healing, and Hope Community Workshop, with Legacies of War and ArtXchange Gallery, 2009, Seattle • One on One Art as Process, 2004 – present, Half Moon Bay, CA • Exploring Self through Our Family Roles, 2006, Enso Greenhouse, Half Moon Bay, CA • Mourning Your Unborn Child Through Creative Ritual, 2006, Enso Greenhouse, Half Moon Bay KITSUNE COMMUNITY ART STUDIO, 2009 – present • Owner and facilitator of community art studio for creativity workshops. Half Moon Bay, CA TEACHING ARTIST FOR ELDERS, 2006 – 2010 • CEYA, Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts, 2008 – 2010 • Mask Making – On Lok Adult Day Center, and Victorian Manor, San Francisco • Collaborative storytelling and drawing, Victorian Manor, San Francisco • Mandala lesson, including Andy Goldsworthy presentation by High School students and eco mandala creation, Victorian Manor, San Francisco • Patterns in art, Victorian Manor and Ruth Swindells Alzheimer’s Day Center, San Francisco • Alzheimer Creativity Workbook for Families, wrote and produced, 2005, Lodi, CA ARTS RESEARCH CONSULTANT, 2008 – 2010 The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is an independent, nonprofit research institute, Half Moon Bay, CA • Arts Educator Facilitator at the OER Academy on Arts Integration Workshop, 2009, KQED and Mills College • Conducted research on arts and social justice in education, community, foundations, institutions CURATOR Our American Stories, Illuminating Asian American History, Culture, and Identity, City College Of San Francisco, April 2014 Distillations, Meditations on the Japanese American Experience, co-curated, JFKU Arts & Consciousness Gallery, Berkeley, August 2010 1st – 7th Annual Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Fundraiser, Half Moon Bay, 2007-2013   AWARDS Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center Sponsorship Award 2014 Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Award for Donor Sponsor - Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Fundraiser, 2012   ORGANIZATIONS Asian American Women Artist Association, member Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, Professional Development Chair   EDUCATION Masters of Transformative Art, JFK University, Berkeley Traditional Kimono Sewing, Workshop Residency, San Francisco Expressive Arts with Elderly Clients, JFK University, Pleasant Hill Transformative Alignment, Art and Image as Guides, Pat Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R. Holistic Approaches to Arts Education, JFKU, Berkeley Dream it Build it, Installation Workshop, The Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco Native American Pottery, Taos Institute of Art - Taos, New Mexico Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design, San Jose State University


  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Conceptual
  • Installation
  • Sculpture