Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installations. His art, though visual, revolves largely around language. Born in Manila, Philippines, Arcega immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 10. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, and will receive his MFA from Stanford University in 2009. His work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, New York, Hawaii, Seatle, Lisbon, Portugal and Malmo, Sweden. Arcega has enjoyed residencies at the Fine Art Museum’s De Young Art Center, San Francisco, and Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito.
Eliza O. Barrios
Eliza O. Barrios is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work ranges from installation, performative to new media art which draws from her background as a queer american filipina. Barrios is inspired by her fervent curiosity regarding how ephemeral space is perceived in relation to systems of belief. Barrios’š work has been exhibited at museums, film festivals, and new media festivals internationally and domestically, including the Optica Festival (Gijon, Spain), New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada), International Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Oahu, Hawaii) and Museo Ng Maynila (Manila, Philippines). Barrios holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from Mills College. She received an Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Lucy Burns, Ph.D.
image credit: tattoo by Alex Figueroa
Lucy Burns holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Asian American Studies and World Arts and Cultures at the University of California Los Angeles. She is working on a manuscript on the Filipino performing body and the forms of the historical, entitled At Rise: On Filipino American Theater and Performance. Her teaching and research interests include Asian American theater, race and performativity, and Filipino Studies. Lucy is a co-founder of the Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective, a network of community- engaged scholars, professors, and educators in the U.S. seeking to inform and to provide exacting analysis and new understandings of global, social, and economic justice issues impacting the Filipino diaspora.
"Double Trouble or Anthropology of the Clone": 2005
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Enrique Chagoya is a Mexican-born painter and printmaker who has been living and working in this country since 1977. Chagoya has made a place for himself as an artistic and alternative historian: his artworks provide a chronicle of cultural change with imagery pulled from both art history and cartoons. He is currently Professor of Art at Stanford University. His artwork has been shown internationally and is represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.
Jaime Cortez is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and writer. Jaime’s fiction has been published in over a dozen short story anthologies. His visual art has been featured at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum and at many Bay Area art spaces. Jaime is currently working on a short story collection slated for publication in 2008 by Suspect Thoughts Press. “Galleon Trade” is his first international exhibition, and he is honored to show his work in Manila.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Reanne Estrada is a Los Angeles-based visual artist with a happily schizophrenic practice. She makes works that aspire to be unstable. Best described as process -intensive high-relief drawing or low-relief sculpture, they harbor fluctuating identities and a conspicuous self-destructive streak. Recently, she received a 2007-8 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Umbria, Italy and joined the Artist Pension Trust Los Angeles. Her work is included in the collections of the New Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California and The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, among others. For twelve years, she has collaborated with Jenifer Wofford and Eliza Barrios as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a trio of Filipina American artists engaged in the process of cultural investigation.
Richard Godinez is a Bay Area painter and educator. His work explores social themes by interrelating images that reference various social, cultural, and historical sources and perspectives in order to interrogate received notions of identity, nationalism, and the historical project which inform the Western concept of "progress". Godinez' work has been exhibited at the San Jose Center for Latino Arts, the Triton Museum, Stanford University, Galeria de la Raza, and Somarts, among other venues. He has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Arts Council Silicon valley. He holds a B.F.A. from San Jose State University and an M.F.A. from Stanford University. Godinez is an associate professor of visual art at the San Ramon campus of Diablo Valley College.
Julio Cesar Morales
Julio Cesar Morales is an artist, educator and curator whose photography, interactive media, public art and video installations has been exhibited at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Fototeca de Havana in Cuba, Peres Projects in Los Angeles and the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma in Mexico City. Group shows include the San Juan Triennial in Puerto Rico, Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York City and Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany. His work has also been shown in the 2006 Singapore Biennale and the 2007 Tenth Annual Istanbul Biennale.
Gina Osterloh will graduate with an MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine June 2007. She was recently awarded a Fulbright to the Philippines for October 2007-July 2008 where she will continue production of her environments and large scale photographs. She has exhibited in select group shows at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery (Project Space, Los Angeles), Kunstraum Innsbruck (Austria), Ze Dos Bois (Portugal), Hotel Chelsea (NY), New Langton Arts and Queens Nails Annex (San Francisco) to name a few. This summer 2007 she will exhibit photographs at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Magnet Gallery, both in Manila, Philippines.
Johanna Poethig makes work that crosses the private and public realms. In the dialogue between the social and personal, politics and aesthetics she explores architecture of shared spaces, human nature, consumerism, control and meaning through visual improvisation, satire and enduring interest in an inclusive cultural life. She has exhibited internationally and has been creating public art, murals, paintings, sculpture, community collaborations, multi-media installations and performances for over 25 years. She was raised in the Philippines through high school and currently resides in Oakland, California. She received her BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is on the faculty of the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Eric Estuar Reyes, Ph.D.
Currently Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University at Fullerton in Southern California, Dr. Reyes is currently working on a manuscript tentatively called, “Space, Representation, and Community in Filipino America.” His interests include race and ethnicity with a focus on Filipino America, gender and sexuality in communities of color, and urban space in a global context. He earned a B.A. in Modern Society and Social Thought, and Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz, M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.
Stephanie Syjuco is a San Francisco visual artist who’s recent work deals with black markets, counterfeiting, and cultural copies. Born in the Philippines in 1974, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was recently included in the exhibition “Altered, Stitched & Gathered,” at PS1 and has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; SFMOMA, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, among others. She runs the recycled clothing line Anti-Factory and currently teaches at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
Megan Wilson grew up in Montana. She received her BFA from the University of Oregon in 1992 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles in the U.S. and internationally in Tokyo, Japan; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Paris, France; and Jaipur, India. In 2002-03 she initiated, curated, co-directed and participated in Sama-sama/Together an international exchange project between artists from San Francisco and Apotik Komik of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Jenifer K Wofford is a Filipina-American artist. Her creative practice encompasses installation, painting, drawing, photo, video, performance, teaching and curating. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from UC Berkeley. She has exhibited locally at the Berkeley Art Museum, Richmond Art Center, Babilonia 1808, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop, nationally at New Image Art (Los Angeles), Nora Eccles Harrison Museum (Salt Lake City), thirtynine hotel (Honolulu), and internationally at Future Prospects (Philippines), and Galerie Blanche (France). Wofford is 1/3 of the artist trio Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. Her awards include grants from the Art Matters Foundation, UCIRA, and the Pacific Rim Research Program, and artist residencies at The Living Room, Philippines, Skidmore College, New York, and Chateau de la Napoule, France.
Christine Wong Yap
Christine Wong Yap makes drawings, prints, sculptures, installations and papercuts around the themes of optimism and pessimism. Her work has recently been seen at the Museum of Craft and Folk Arts in San Francisco, CA and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Her work is in the Alameda County Art Collection. Her awards and honors include a San Francisco Bay Guardian Local Hero Award (2000) and Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts (2006). She was recently accepted to the Affiliate Artist program at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her community work includes leading 17 mural projects around the country.