Vitae

Education

MFA 1998 Visual Arts (Studio emphasis) University of California at San Diego
BA 1995 Art (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) San Diego State University
AA 1991 Graphic Design Grossmont College

Areas of specialization: Painting, Drawing, Installation.

Background

Artist, public speaker, writer, curator, with eighteen years experience teaching undergraduate studio art courses. Skilled collaborator and organizer of special events and conference panels. Extensive background working with culturally, socially, and economically diverse groups. June 2015 selected by the University of Washington Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Diversity as a participant for the SEED (Strengthening Education Excellence with Diversity) institute. Member of the College Art Association, the Pacific Arts Association, and mentor for the National Pacific Islander Education Network (www.npien.com).


Courses Taught

Studio Drawing
Cultural Identity And Art
Body Image And Art
The Artist As Visionary and Dreamer
Reconstructing Self
Drawing and Composition I-IV
Freehand Drawing I and II
Life Drawing
Drawing: Representation
Portraiture
Painting and Composition I-IV
Figure Painting
Painting from a Women’s Studies Perspective
2D Design and Color Theory
Studio Foundation: Contemporary Art Strategies
Art Orientation
Modern Art History

Teaching Experience

2013 and present Lecturer in Art, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA.
Studio Foundation: Contemporary Art Strategies; Studio Drawing; Cultural Identity and Art; Body Image and Art; The Artist as Visionary and Dreamer; and Reconstructing Self.
2002-2012 Associate Faculty, MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA.
Drawing & Composition; Life Drawing & Figure Painting.
1999-2013 Adjunct Professor, Mesa College, San Diego, CA.
Painting I, II, III, IV; Painting from a Women's Studies Perspective; Freehand Drawing I and II; Art Orientation; Modern Art History.
2003 Winter and
Spring quarters
Instructor, University of California Extensions, La Jolla, CA.
Drawing: Color Pencil and Pastels.
1999-2002 Part-time Faculty, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
Drawing & Composition I, 2-D Design & Color Theory, Life Drawing.
2001 Winter and
Fall quarters
Lecturer, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Drawing: Representation.
1999-2000 Instructor, San Diego Museum of Art, transfer credit courses for San Diego State University, CA. Figure Drawing, Story Painting, Painting from Nature, Portraiture.
Winter/Spring quarters 1997 and 1998 Teaching Assistant for Professor Faith Ringgold, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Beginning-Intermediate Drawing, Beginning and Intermediate Painting.

Selected Exhibition Record (*solos marked by asterisk)

2015 *FISHING LESSON, Drawings, Green River College, Auburn, WA.
2015 The Growing Visibility of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Legacy of the AANAPISI, South Seattle College, Seattle, WA.
2015 *Drawings and Paintings, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma, WA.
2011 *Sept. 15 - Nov. 17, SAIL!, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
2010 Nov. 2-27, CELEBRATING CONNECTIONS: AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC ARTISTS, The Art at Mark's Garage gallery, Honolulu, HI.
2008 VENUS ENVY, Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
2007 ISLAND AFFINITIES: Contemporary Art in Oceania, California State University Northridge, CA.
2006 TURNING TIDES: Gender in Oceania Art, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
2005 15th Annual Women's Studies Conference at Southern Connecticut State University, "Asian & Pacific Women: Indigenous and Diasporic."
2005 (Re)settled/(Re)viewed: Recent Expressions of Pacific Identity, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
2004 FIGURE THAT, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA.
2003 *ASSIMILATION LOVE NOTES, University of California at Irvine.
2002-2003 William D. Cannon Art Gallery annual group exhibition, Carlsbad, CA.
Sep. 2001-2002 COMING OF AGE IN AMELIKA, A/P/A Gallery, NYU, N.Y., NY.
2001 *RED HOUSE/THE DAUGHTERS OF SALAMASINA, University of California at Irvine.
2000 *RED HOUSE/THE DAUGHTERS OF SALAMASINA, University of California Santa Cruz.
1999 INDEPENDENCIA, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA.
1999 Sushi Performance & Visual Art Exhibition, San Diego, CA.
1997 *RED HOUSE/THE DAUGHTERS OF SALAMASINA, University of California at San Diego.
1997 SHOEMANIA, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.
1997 Mandeville Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, University of California at San Diego.
1997 WOMEN'S CAUCUS FOR ART, 5th annual exhibition, San Diego, CA.
1997 *TALALELAGI, SAMOA/Story of the Skies, Samoa, University of California at San Diego.
1996 UCSD Women's Center First Annual Exhibition, University of California at San Diego.
1996 WOMEN'S CAUCUS FOR ART 4th ANNUAL EXHIBITION, San Diego, CA
1994 Tongue tied lenguatrabada -inSITE 94, with Border Arts Workshop at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.
1993 *BINGO BABIES, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego State, University, CA.

Residencies

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, deYoung Museum, July 2013.
Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, 2011.

Visiting Artist Lectures

2016 University of Washington, Tacoma. "Contemporary Oceanic Art: Expressions of Cultural Sound And So Much Jazz," for a seminar, "Music And The Other Arts and Sciences."
2015 South Seattle College, "Contemporary Oceanic Art."
2015 Asian American History, "Gender Identity in Contemporary Oceanic Art,", Dr. Michael S. Brown.
2015 Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA, "Exploring Contemporary Oceanic Art Through the Work of Pacific Islander Artists."
2014 Green River Community College, Auburn, WA, "Oceanic Art of the Pacific (Cultural Competency),", First Peoples’ Conference.
2013 deYoung Museum, "Walking With Ancestors."
2011 Appalachian State University, Belk Library Doorways lecture series.
2010 Nov. 4, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Paper: "Without Boundaries: Contemporary Oceania Artists, A Movement Happening Now."
2008 University of California at Santa Cruz. "Contemporary Oceanic Art."
2007 California State University at Northridge.
2001 University of California at Irvine. Lecture in conjunction with solo exhibition, curated by Professor Glen Mimura of Asian Studies.
2000 University of California at Santa Cruz.
1998 University of California at Davis.

Performances

2007 Performed poems by Momoe Von Reiche, for California State University Northridge event held in conjunction with the exhibition, "Island Affinities."
2006 GIRL'S LOVE SONG & SONG OF THE BAD GIRL, University of California San Diego, in conjunction with the exhibition Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art.

Exhibitions Curated

2007 ISLAND AFFINITIES: CONTEMPORARY ART OF OCEANIA, co-curated with Dr. Peri Klemm, California State University Northridge Art Galleries.
2006 TURNING TIDES: GENDER IN OCEANIA ART, University of California at San Diego.

Selected Conferences/Symposia/Artist Panels

Art Speaks With The Land and Water, held as part of The Pacific Peoples Partnership conference, "Rising Tides: Our Lands, Our Waters, Our Peoples," 2015, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC. Artist’s panel.
Celebrating Connections: An Exhibition of Contemporary Pacific Artists, 2010, The Art At Mark's Garage Gallery, Honolulu, HI. Artists panel.
College Art Association Conference, 2010, Chicago, IL.
co-chair with Dr. Margo Machida, PAA session: "Views from the Continent: Art and the U.S. Pacific Diaspora."
College Art Association Conference, 2008, Dallas, TX.
Pacific Art Association panel session: "Art and Identity in Oceania, Revisted;" paper: "Without Boundaries: Contemporary Oceania Artists, A Movement Happening Now."
New Guinea Art Since 1875, deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2007.
Round table speaker, Panel: "Beyond Boundaries: Cultural Survival, Present Venues, Future Markets."
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, 2006, San Diego, CA.
session co-chair, "Gender in Contemporary Oceania Art."
15th Annual Women's Studies Conference, 2005, "Asian & Pacific Women: Indigenous and Diasporic," Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.
Speaker: "The Presence of Women in My Work."
Pacific Arts Association VIII International Symposium, 2005, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
Speaker, Artists' Panel, and Paper: "Body Interpretations by a Samoan Artist," for session: "Body and Gender."
College Art Association Conference, 2004, Seattle, WA.
Paper: "Body Interpretations by a Samoan Artist," panel, "Bodily (RE)Presentations in Oceania."
Pacific Islands/Atlantic Worlds symposium, 2001, NYU, New York, NY.
Speaker, Artists' roundtable.
UC Davis Symposium, 1999, "After Oceania: Teaching & Exhibiting Pacific Indigenous and Migrant Cultures," Davis, CA.
Speaker, on exhibiting Pacific Islander art work.

Sound Artist

2000 For exhibition,"Worn With Pride Celebrating Samoan Artistic Heritage," Oceanside
Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.

Selected Bibliography

2012 http://www.thescopes.org/assets/Uploads/007-008-Stevenson-11-12.pdf
2010 http://library.appstate.edu/news/2012/07/doorways-series-september-7
2007 http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/53/IslandAffinitiesContemporaryArtOfOceania
2008, September "The Contemporary Pacific, A Journal of Island Affairs," vol. 20/ no. 2, U. of Hawai'i Press, p. VI, VII, 328, 362, 395, 422, 449, 481, 521,
http://uhpjournals.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/the-contemporary-pacific-vol-20-no-2-2008/
2008 "Pacific Arts, The Journal of the Pacific Arts Association," New Series, vol. 7, Volo Publishing, NY, p. 38-41.
2007, July "The Pacific Studies Journal," vol. 30, Nos. ½-March/June, Brigham Young U., Hawai'i, p. 19, 47, 102, 109.
2007 http://www.famsf.org/files/jolika/
2006 http://artscenecal.com/UCSanDiego.html
2006 http://newsgrist.typepad.com/robertgoldwaterlibrary/joshua_bell/index.html
2005 Kay Flavell, Moon over the Pacific, Steele Roberts LTD, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2005, 12.
2005 www.pacificarts.org/symsched.html
2003 Sean Mallon, Samoan Arts and Artists O Measina a Samoa, .U of Hawai'i Press, 100.
2001 www.apa.nyu.edu/pacific/pdf/original_registration.pdf
2000 http://humwww.ucsc.edu/CultStudies/ZWebArchives/Events/W00/castro.html

Publications

"Without Boundaries: Contemporary Oceania Artists, A Movement Happening Now," Pacific Island Artists Navigating the Global Art World, Masalai Press, p. 159-165, 2011.
The Contemporary Pacific, A Journal of Island Affairs, review of "Hailans to Ailans: Contemporary Art of Papua New Guinea" exhibition, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, vol. 22/ no. 2, U. of Hawai'i Press, p. 480-483, 2010.
The Contemporary Pacific, A Journal of Island Affairs, vol. 20/no. 1, U. of Hawai'i Press, p. 277-280, 2008.
"Communicating Tradition in Samoan American Art: An Artist's Reflection," The Pacific Studies Journal, vol. 30, Nos. ½-March/June, Brigham Young U., Hawai'i, p. 122-130, 2007.
See full text at: https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/PacificStudies/article/view/10359/10005.

Awards

2004, 08, and 09 MiraCosta College Travel Grant
2006 Association for Social Anthropology Conference Grant
2005 Pacific Art Association Travel Grant
2005 Mesa College Travel Grant
2001 UC Irvine Travel and Speaker Grants
2001 NYU Asia Pacific Studies Travel Grant
1998 and 99 UC Davis Travel Grant
1997 UC San Diego Graduate Student Travel Grant
1996-98 San Diego Fellowship, UC San Diego

Professional Service

National Pacific Islander Educators Network (NPIEN), Speaker/mentor.
Mesa College Art Department, 2004, ran student major/matriculation study.
City of San Diego Arts Commission, 2003, member of art selection committee for Cesar Chavez project.

Collections

Mrs. Tala Suitonu-Pinones
Dr. Peri Klemm
Dr. Jackie Lewis-Harris
Dr. Teri Sowell
Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Sushi Gallery

Technical Abilities

Power point, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, digitizing slides, for personal needs.

Professional Organizations

National Pacific Islander Educators Network (NPIEN)
College Art Association
Pacific Arts Association