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Apr 23, 2011
by The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and API Cultural Center‘s (APICC) 14th United States of Asian America Festival

“A Place of Her Own” Opening Reception


What: An exhibition featuring the unique and diverse experiences of 23 modern Asian American women artists
When: Thursday, May 5 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Where: SOMArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street (between 8th and 9th)
Cost: FREE!
What Else: More information at

The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and API Cultural Center‘s (APICC) 14th United States of Asian America Festival are pleased to present A PLACE OF HER OWN, an arts exhibition where 23 Asian American women artists respond in thought provoking ways to the question, ““If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

Conceived in 2007, curator Cynthia Tom has developed A PLACE OF HER OWN as a long-term project inspired by the idea of environments for women or encouraging the women to build their own. Across cultures and generations, and through necessity, parental, or cultural training—women have learned to compromise themselves. They set aside their own desires to support others; rarely do women claim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. What happens when we expand the parameters beyond the concept of a room and discover a place in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?A PLACE OF HER OWN provides an exceptional glimpse into the unique and diverse experiences of the modern Asian American woman. The artwork depicts a personal, yet universal, journey to seek out and claim a metaphorical and/or physical place without external rules or expectations, acting as a vehicle for each artist to interact with their world on their own terms. These artistic responses come to fruition as art installations, written word, paintings, printmaking, and more.  Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor Ethnic Studies-U.C. Berkeley


The exhibition is curated by APICC and AAWAA’s curatorial team; juried by Kim Anno, Chair of Painting at the California College of the Arts, and Kimi Taira, assistant at the Asian Art Museum Conservation Department. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, APICC and the California Arts Council.

Participating Artists:

Almazol, Susan

Arastu, Salma

Biala, Arlene

DeBoer, Shari Arai

Fiel, Cristal

Fujii-Oka, Kathy

Hom, Nancy

Ichihashi-Jagerman, Amanda

Kang, Kay

Llagas, Karen

Louie, Elaine

Mazza, Christina

Myers, Kelsay

Oshiro, Choppy

Pelaud, Isabelle

Seigel, Shizue

Sharma, Pallavi

Shintani, Judy

Tom, Cynthia

Travelslight, Elizabeth

Truong, Vivian

Wibawa, Irene

Wong, Anna

Zheng, Xiaojie