Visual Arts Showcase | Opening Reception September 30 6-10pm | Arc Gallery & Studios 1246 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA ⏩
Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gallery Hours (9/30 - 10/26): W, Th 1-6pm, Sat 12-3pm
CURATORS: Kimberley Arteche, Francis Calimlim, Anthony Bongco, R.L. Muas
Featured Artist: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Rea (pron. RAY-uh) Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited her work in the Bay Area, Chicago, Washington D.C., Hawaii, and internationally in India. She teaches art at the City College of San Francisco Fort Mason Art Campus, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Root Division, where she served as the organization’s first Filipina Teaching Artist Fellow in 2017. She lives and works in San Francisco.
Anh Bui was born in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam, and has been living between there and San Francisco, USA, since he was 10. Anh uses art as a way to confront his personal experiences living between two cultures. Anh received his Bachelor of Arts at San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a dual emphasis on Sculpture and Painting in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Museum Studies at SFSU.
Born and raised in Pune, India, Anoushka Mirchandani is an emerging artist living in San Francisco. After a successful corporate career in the tech industry, driven by her need to create, Anoushka spent the last year dedicating herself full-time to art. Anoushka works with oils and watercolor, drawing inspiration from her childhood in India, her culture, and the human form. She focuses on uncovering and conveying internal states, emotions, and things unspoken in her figurative work.
Kacy (Kuo-Chen) Jung is a digital photography and mixed media installation artist who was born in Taiwan and currently lives in San Francisco. She earned her MS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the biomedical science field and currently pursuing her dream as an MFA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute.
Born in Japan and raised in the Bay, Maya Fuji's art is inspired by her cultural heritage as well as the local cultures of the SF Bay Area. Her work explores themes of traditional Japanese myths and folklore within the context of modern day society and pop culture. Each piece has a story to tell-- historical legends, lessons and ghost stories of the "Ukiyo (floating world)" era, reimagined through the lens of the digital age.
Paolo Salazar was born in Baguio City, Philippines, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he continues to live and work. A recent MFA graduate of San Francisco Art Institute, his practice involves painting and drawing, installation, video, and performance. Salazar has shown at the San Francisco Legion of Honor, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the San Francisco Museum Historical Society at the Old Mint, and at the San Francisco Pistahan Festival.
R.L. Muas is a queer Hmong femme, multidisciplinary artist, and retired academic residing in Ohlone land. Their visual and literary work has been featured in the deepest part of their consciousness and emerged to the public at the end of 2016 in response to their tenth quarter-life crisis. Their projects are concerned with the visceral responses stimulated by digital culture and aesthetics, and its relationship to capitalism, power, and IRL curated violence.
Rene Morrison is an artist, activist, and educator from Boston, MA. Rene was drawn to the Bay Area to recieve her BFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. She now teaches photography skills to youth in San Francisco. When she isn't teaching, she works with the San Francisco Poster Syndicate to live-print (silk screen) political posters for actions around the Bay Area.
Rochelle Youk was born and raised in Los Angeles and received her MFA at SFAI. Her work explores identity in regards to culture, ethnicity, and the constructs of race; examining that history and where she stands on the spectrum between perpetual foreigner and assimilated citizen. Currently, she investigates these themes through painting and sculpture, in addition to working full time as a bookbinder.
Sometimes art erupts from a sense of place, from soulful places in particular. Selena Ching's story of reclaiming herself as an artist started with a hit and run accident on the back streets of industrial Brooklyn. She suffered a debilitating concussion that left her mind "blank". Words did not come easy, but painting did. It has become her solace and her growing strength.
Webster Quoc Nguyen is a Bay Area native who studied print based media and community studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Aside from pursuing a career as a printmaker and collaborating with a youth center in Richmond, California he is passionate about camping, 90's RnB, and his best friend and dog companion, Patches.
Yeji Jung (she/her/they/them) was born in Seoul and lives outside of Dallas. A visual artist in printmaking, painting, and other media, much of their practice centers around their diasporic Korean American identity and experience, and concepts of abundance and healing. This year she is working on a creative thesis in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, collecting oral histories from her grandparents and creating visual pieces in response.
Jerome Pansa is from Zambales, Philippines and San Diego, California. He received his BA in Art Practice with painting and sculptural distinctions from UC Berkeley. Jerome is a queer filipinx artist based in Oakland. He is a recipient of the Eisner Prize, Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting. He has shown work in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, California Center for the Arts and a collaborative piece in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Sherwin Rio was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. In 2014 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California where he attends the Graduate MFA/MA Dual Degree Program at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Nicole Gervacio is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. she's associated with organizations including Her Resilience, People of Coloring, Urban x Indigenous, and co-founded the collaborative group We Rise. nicole attends the grassroots freedom school Liberation Spring which deepens and supports her work. inspired by genealogy, the body, and memory nicole explores the themes of identity, destruction and deterioration, permanence versus impermanence, and intersectionality. her work is driven by the fear of forgetting.