KSW Presents...

Event Information

Friday, May 19th, 2017 8-10P

Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Pre-sale $7/$10, Year Pass $50

Means of Exchange: Program Launch

Kearny Street Workshop is celebrating the launch of Means of Exchange, our collaborative art project that teams Kala Art Institute Fellow, Weston Teruya, and Murphy Cadogan awardee, Kimberley Arteche with local venues to create a series of community engaged artworks integrated into SOMA storefront businesses that highlight the history, knowledge, and trades of community members.

To celebrate the launch we've invited writer and performance artist,  Maryam Rostami, whose provacative one-woman show Late Stage San Francisco had SF Weekly saying it "shatters San Francisco’s comforting vanity mirror and holds up its twisted reflection in one of the shards."

Along with Maryam we've invited local author and activist, Tony Robles and up-and-coming SoMa-based artist, Mary-Claire Amable to share their work.

Means of Exchange is made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This event is sponsored by the United States of Asian America Festival 2017: Threading Resilience, which is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.

About the Artists


Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in Oakland. He has exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, and the Atlanta Contemporary 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 Montalvo Arts Center, Mills College, Recology San Francisco, and Ox-Bow. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Weston is one of the three founding members of Related Tactics, a collective of artists, writers, curators, and educators of color creating projects and opportunities at the intersection of race and culture.  

Kimberley Arteche grew up in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts/Photography from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MFA in Art from San Francisco State University. She was awarded the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards by the San Francisco Foundation in 2014, showed in Root Division's 2015 MFA Now, and was Kearny Street Workshop's 2015 APAture Featured Visual Artist. She completed her MFA in May of 2016 as San Francisco State University School of Art's Distinguished Graduate. Kim is currently teaching at Leadership High School and is Root Division's 2016-2017 Blau-Gold Teaching Fellow, teaching with San Francisco's Filipino Education Center. 


Maryam Farnaz Rostami has made performance-based work in San Francisco for the last 8 years, both solo and ensemble. She is a co-founder of Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous and founder of MFR Productions. Her latest one-woman show, Late Stage San Francisco, played at the ACT Costume Shop in August 2015. In addition to writing and creating movement, she works in the world of architecture as a designer, and has been a maker for as long as she can remember.

Tony Robles is the author of "Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco.  Author of Lakas and the Manilatown Fish and Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel.  Short list nominee for poet laureate of SF 2017.

Mary Claire Amable is a Filipina-American writer born and raised in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire's writing reflects the circumstances of her upbringing; from witnessing the obstacles her immigrant parents face to the struggles of being a minority in the second most expensive city in the US. She hopes her writings resonate and accurately portray the realities of immigrant Filipino families living in the SoMa.