SOMArts Cultural Center | 2015


VENUE: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

EXHIBITION DATES: November 19-December 11

OPENING RECEPTION: November 19, 6-9pm. RSVP on Facebook!

ARTISTS TALK: December 6, 1-4pm

CLOSING RECEPTION: December 10, 6:30-8:30pm. Community potluck and music by the I-Hotel Jazztet.


Cynthia Tom (Lead Curator) | Manon Bogerd Wada | Irene Wibawa | Adrienne Yan | Maggie Yee


Susan Almazol | Sigi Arnejo | Reiko Fujii


Nancy Arvold | Rachel Endoso | Evangeline Iyemura | Marlene Iyemura | Sujung Min | Natalie Sacramento | Isabelle Thuy Pelaud | Sue Tom | Dechen Tsering | Hediana Utarti | Phuong Vuong | Laura Ming Wong



Co-presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and the PLACE Collective. A PLACE OF HER OWN features more than 30 artworks and large-scale installations that excavate the vibrant dreams and hopes of women. On view with accompanying public programming, the group visual arts exhibition amplifies the voices of 20 women artists with diverse cultural perspectives ranging in age from 24 to 89 years old. Each piece in the exhibition is a courageous visual answer to the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

Exhibited artworks—marked by a saturation of color, imaginative use of materials and visual storytelling—highlight the personal, yet universal, journey to seek out and claim a place without external rules or expectations. Accompanying events and interactive installations invite the audience to join the journey.

Curated by Cynthia Tom, a recipient of the 2015-2016 Commons Curatorial Residency at SOMArts Cultural Center. SOMArts’ exhibition programs are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.

For more information, contact Cynthia Tom at or 415.722.4296