Meet the KSW45 Ignite Award Nominees!
For KSW’s anniversary celebration, Building Legacies: 45 Years of Art and Resistance, we will honor a contemporary artist that contributes to Kearny Street Workshop and embodies the organization’s roots in cultural activism. This awardee was selected by a committee of KSW directors from throughout its 45-year history. Join us at Building Legacies to honor these nominees and find out who will be awarded the KSW Ignite Award!
Our nominees are:
Jerome Reyes (b. 1983 Daly City, CA works between Seoul, Korea and San Francisco, CA) is an artist, researcher, and educator. He is Artist Liaison and faculty at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, teaching courses and designing partnerships with artists, curators, scholars, and organizations. He is also Researcher, at Asia and Migration, Asia Culture Center, in Gwangju, Korea. He also works with social justice organizations in the South of Market area of San Francisco. He holds an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA at the California College of the Arts.Reyes has fifteen years of teaching and public programming in a variety of settings including multimedia labs, museums, major universities, non-profit art galleries, and senior/youth community centers in East Oakland, Iron Triangle in Richmond, and Chinatown/ Manilatown San Francisco. From 2005-2010, Reyes was co-founding faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute’s City Studio, an internationally/UNESCO recognized arts and urban research interface (supported by the National Endowment for the Arts/NEA and Surdna Foundation) combining
As a cartoonist, Kayan aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of marginalized communities. As a community organizer, Kayan’s leadership for the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. As an educator, Kayan uses art to teach critical thinking, empathy, and social justice. Kayan earned her MFA in Comics from the California College of the Arts, her BA in Gender Studies from Smith College, and she is earning her Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education & Social Justice from the University of San Francisco.
Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in Oakland, California. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. Teruya has also exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Palo Alto Art Center. Weston has received grants from Artadia, the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artists program, and the Creative Work Fund. He has been an artist- in-residence with the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center, Art+Practice+Ideas at Mills College, Recology San Francisco, Sedona Summer Colony, and Ox-Bow. In 2017 he will be a Fellowship Awardee resident with Kala Art Institute and a deYoung Museum Artists Studio resident. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He has a BA in Studio art and minor in Asian American Studies from Pomona College.