|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.
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).
|Cultural Identity And Art|
|Body Image And Art|
|The Artist As Visionary and Dreamer|
|Drawing and Composition I-IV|
|Freehand Drawing I and II|
|Painting and Composition I-IV|
|Painting from a Women’s Studies Perspective|
|2D Design and Color Theory|
|Studio Foundation: Contemporary Art Strategies|
|Modern Art History|
|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
|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
|Lecturer, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2000||For exhibition,"Worn With Pride Celebrating Samoan Artistic Heritage," Oceanside
Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.
|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,
|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.|
|2005||Kay Flavell, Moon over the Pacific, Steele Roberts LTD, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2005, 12.|
|2003||Sean Mallon, Samoan Arts and Artists O Measina a Samoa, .U of Hawai'i Press, 100.|
|"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.
|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|
|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.
|Mrs. Tala Suitonu-Pinones|
|Dr. Peri Klemm|
|Dr. Jackie Lewis-Harris|
|Dr. Teri Sowell|
|Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui|
|Power point, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, digitizing slides, for personal needs.|
|National Pacific Islander Educators Network (NPIEN)|
|College Art Association|
|Pacific Arts Association|