From the computer of Suzanne Onodera...
Please join us for this exciting event celebrating the artwork and words of some very talented female Asian American artists.
Cheers to Muses
Book Launch and Exhibition
An exhibit of art and writing from a soon-to-be-released anthology is being presented in San Francisco by one of the nation’s leading Asian American arts organizations, the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA).
June 1st thru August 25th, 2007
Opening gala reception on June 15th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street
3rd Floor of the Hilton Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Related Events: Literary reading: June 30th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Artists panel discussion: July 21st, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Book launch: August 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The exhibit, “Cheers to Muses,” showcases the new anthology of contemporary visual and literary art entitled Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (expected publication: August 2007). The exhibit is being co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Center and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center .
Advance praise for AAWAA's new anthology:"Cheers to Muses is a spirited tribute to the creative efforts of Asian American women artists and writers across generations and cultural backgrounds. Honoring those who inspired them, the works in this collection offer readers intimate glimpses into the contemporary sensibilities and experiences of Asian American women’s lives."- Margo Machida , Associate Professor, Art History and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut"Contemporary readers will enthusiastically cheer when they plunge into studying the original, imaginative, passionate and engaged work by the artists and writers in this anthology —each of whom dedicates her contribution to a chosen 'muse.' The original Greek Muses, too, would surely be enchanted with the poetic and elegant structure and rich contents of Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women."- Moira Roth , Trefethen Professor of Art History , Mills College , Oakland , CA"The Asian American Women Artists Association has one-upped themselves this time. This extraordinary book is both elegantly designed and overflowing with rich and sophisticated contemporary art and literature. It is sure to become an important milestone in the future study of Asian American and women’s art of our time."- Mark Johnson , Professor of Art and Director of Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University"A wonderful dim sum of a book, Cheers to Muses feeds all the senses and is so rich it can (and will be!) returned to again and again."- Ruthanne Lum McCunn , author of God of Luck, Chinese American Portraits, Thousand Pieces of Gold.
Curated by Cynthia Tom , the exhibit showcases work by select visual artists and writers from the anthology in tribute to the muses who have inspired their work. Exhibiting artists include: Terry Acebo Davis, Susan Almazol, Olivia Boler, Ann Carli, May Chan, Lenore Chinn, Shari Arai DeBoer, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Naoko Haruta, Nancy Hom, Kay Kang, Machiko Kondo, Amy Lam, Summer Mei Ling Lee, Sharon Leong, Genny Lim, Christina Mazza, Vanessa Merina, Melani Nagao, MariNaomi, Norine Nishimura, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Suzanne Onodera, Barbara Jane Reyes, Cynthia Tom, Sue Tom, Anna X.L. Wong, Flo Oy Wong, Nellie Wong and Debbie Yee.