Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September 30 - October 28, 2017
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7-10pm
Featured Artist: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Showcase Artists: Anh Bui, Selena Ching, Maya Fuji, Nicole Gervacio, Kacy (Kuo-Chen) Jung, Yeji Jung, Anoushka Mirchandani, Rene Morrison, R.L. Muas, Webster Quoc Nguyen, Jerome Pansa, Sherwin Rio, Paolo Salazar, Rochelle Youk
Curated by: Kimberley Arteche, Anthony Bongco, Francis Calimlim, R.L. Muas
"APAture is Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival that presents and promotes art by local up-and-coming artists of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent. For fourteen seasons, the festival has sparked dialogue around contemporary social issues, especially those that affect Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities, and inspired collaboration between artists and community members toward social action. This year, our theme is “Unravel.” Examining our stories, hxstories, narratives, beliefs-- what are the interconnected threads we wish to investigate and untangle? What is there to discover when we unravel?"
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 13 - June 25, 2017
Please join us for (De)Centered: An Exhibition of Filipino American Artists, co-curated by Isabel Manalo and Janna Añonuevo Langholz. The exhibition will also be the official book launch for the Fil/Am Artist Directory’s first publication.
(De)Centered includes artwork by 22 Filipino/a-American artists, who hail from across the United States. In their respective artworks, the artists show a connection to both the Philippines and the U.S. and their attempt to remain centered in both places. The work ranges from painting, drawing, and photography to installation and video.
Exhibiting Artists: Adrian Alarilla, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Daniel Ballesteros, Bel Cuenca, Ulysses Duterte, Jana Ercilla, Alvin Pagdanganan Gregorio, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Isabel Manalo, Matt Manalo, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Ged Merino, Kimo Nelson, Maia Cruz Palileo, Carlo Ricafort, Yumi Janairo Roth, Melanie Gritzka del Villar, Pamela Ybañez
"Exhibition to launch first directory of Fil-Am artists," INQUIRER, April 19, 2017.
Exhibiting Artists: Cherisse Alcantara, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Dave Young Kim, Heyoung Kim, Kyong Ae Kim, Omid Mokri, Juan Santiago, Sanjay Vora, and Evan Yee
"The idea for this curated group show started with President Obama’s official declaration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May two years ago, and in honor of the designation, Vessel Gallery is dedicating two months for Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? This show is an exploration of Asian American identity, in all of its complexities and nuances, through art and film."—Lonnie Lee, Director, Vessel Gallery
“Dismantling Stereotypes About Asian-American Identity Through Art," Huffington Post Arts & Culture, April 20, 2017,
"An Expanded Approach to Asian-Americannes at Vessel Gallery," KQED Arts, April 13, 2017.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1-4pm
Exhibition Dates: May 8 - May 19, 2017
"Root Division proudly presents New Growth 2017: EmPOWERing Peace, Justice & Love, our annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition, featuring hands-on family art-making activities alongside an exhibition of artwork made by students and instructors in Root Division’s free after school Youth Education Program (Bessie Carmichael Elementary, Buena Vista Child Care, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Community Housing Partnership, Filipino Education Center, Horace Mann Middle School, Larkin Street Youth Services, Mission Education Center, SF International High School and Southern Exposure and Root Division's 1:1 Teen Mentorship). Root Division’s Youth Education Program recruits, trains, and places our Studio Artists, volunteers and interns to teach free art classes in one of our nine partner sites, creating a link between practicing artists and the schools’ communities. All of Root Division’s programs serve a diverse group of students, most of which attend San Francisco Unified School District schools."
Artist-Instructors: Kimberley Arteche, Susan Birnbaum, Natasha Carlos, Alice Combs, Caroline Connelly, Susa Cortez, Christina Howard, Hunter Franks, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Shisi Huang, Claire R. Lynch, Joyce Nojima, Alejandra Perez, Centa Schumacher, Julia Shafer, Saree Silverman, Sofia Sinibaldi, Indira Urrutia, Xiao Wang
Exhibition Photos: Eda Li
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: January 12 - February 23, 2017
Artist Lecture & Closing Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2017 at 6:30-9pm
Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. At the age of fourteen, she emigrated from the Philippines to the United States with her single mother, settling eventually in San Francisco. She lived in the Tenderloin—on Turk Street between Taylor and Jones—during most of her formative years (circa 2000-2005).
TL Dreams parallels the idea of the “American dream,” inspired by memories shared with the artist's fellow Filipino/a immigrant friends who lived in the Tenderloin neighborhood. It explores the difficult, yet exciting and hopeful journey of finding oneself entangled in a web of changes, cultural confusions, and obstacles while coming of age. This exhibition features two bodies of work representing nuanced perspectives on distinct periods in the artist's life. In her early work, de Guzman presents hyper-colored and playful scenes of an imagined world in a state of flux from a young woman’s perspective. Now, sixteen years later, the artist reflects on these shadowy memories in muted monochromatic works indicative of her challenging and often painful experience.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 2017, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6 - 26, 2017
Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center
200 Piopio Street Hilo, HI 94109
Exhibiting Artists: Kimberley Arteche, Lexygius Calip, Carla Catalina, Paul Escolar, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Jonel Carlo Jugueta, Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Topher Maka, Mona Marcos, Paolo Mejia, Marcius Noceda, Justin Pastores, Carlo Ricafort, Phil Sabado, Michael Sacramento, Juvana Soliven, Aljon Tacata, Maria Fatima Urbi, Mel Vera Cruz, Renee Visaya, Pamela Ybanez
LH Horton Jr Gallery
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95207
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5 - 7pm
Exhibition Dates: October 6 - 28, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays 11am - 4pm, Wednesdays - Thursdays 11am - 6:30pm, Fridays 11am -1 pm, Saturday (October 8th) 11am - 3pm
Nancy Buchanan & Carolyn Potter
Rea Lynn de Guzman
Located on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College, Delta Center for the Arts LH Horton Jr Gallery presents Social Constructs, an Exhibition on Identity and Perception. Admission to the Gallery is free and open to the public.
The Social Constructs art exhibition questions common social and cultural identity assumptions. Themes include race, gender, nationality, socioeconomic status, and a shifting reality of what it means to live “The American Dream.” Artists’ works explore topics from their personal cultural heritage, and how socially constructed “realities” have shaped and often misinformed our perspective of the represented cultural groups. Other topics address global concerns such as the lack of affordable housing, health care, climate change, gun violence, and immigration.
Fabric Fragments Solo Show
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6 - 8pm
Exhibition Dates: August 19 - October 10, 2016
Gallery Hours: By appointment
SOMA Grand, Co-presented by Root Division
1160 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Rea Lynn de Guzman explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States.
The Retaso Series references the iconography of “Maria Clara” (a mestiza character from Jose Rizal’s novel Noli me Tangere and metonym for a traditional dress woven from piña fiber and organza). Influenced by Spanish colonization, “Maria Clara” embodies Philippine ideals of female beauty equated with light skin, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity and demureness. Her work presents and challenges the displacement and inferiorization of native ideals by the colonizer, signified by clothing made from a foreign fruit. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, de Guzman utilizes the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes—material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: July 7 - 23, 2016
Presented as part of a two-month exploration into consumerism and cultural expression in the Bay Area, Root Division’s front gallery will feature a two-person show by Irene Carvajal & Rea Lynn de Guzman. Through parallel experiences originating on opposite sides of the world, these Bay Area artists confront universal themes of diaspora and concepts of femininity stemming from their Costa Rican and Filipina heritage.
Cut From The Same Cloth combines installation, print, and sculptural media with an emphasis on fiber and textiles. Utilizing textiles as a metaphor for a colonized society, Carvajal and de Guzman explore themes of diaspora, hegemony, gender roles, labor, value, and their effects on our psyche.
Exhibition Photos: Mido Lee Productions, Opening Reception Photos: Lizzy Brooks
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: May 17 - July 25, 2016
Paolo Mejia Fine Arts & Design
Jack London Square Realty (Annex)
311 Oak Street, Suite 116 Oakland, CA 94607
In this solo show, San Francisco-based artist Rea Lynn de Guzman references the iconography of “Maria Clara” (a mestiza character from Jose Rizal’s novel Noli me Tangere and metonym for a traditional dress woven from piña fiber and organza). Influenced by Spanish colonization, “Maria Clara” embodies Philippine ideals of female beauty equated with light skin, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity and demureness. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, de Guzman utilizes the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes—material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2016, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: May 6-27, 2016
SOMArts Co-presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, between 8th & 9th
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12-7pm & Saturday, 12-5pm
The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents Resistance, a visual arts exhibition as part of the 19th annual United States of Asian America Festival. Curated by Pamela Ybañez, this group exhibition features multidisciplinary works of 10 Asian and Pacific Islander artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond exploring themes of gentrification, displacement, placemaking, and the artist’s role in the community through installation, performance, video, and more. Creating a space of expression, exploration, and reflection, the exhibition strives to engage community members to feel empowered and arts communities in San Francisco, Oakland, and elsewhere to intersect in order to present possible solutions around the complex issues of displacement that artists and a multitude of others currently face.
Exhibiting Artists: Rea Lynn de Guzman, Taro Hattori, Eryn Kimura, Bonnie WaiLee Kwong, Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Việt Lê, Marcius Noceda, Carlo Ricafort, Pallavi Sharma, HuiMeng Wang
Exhibition Photos: Mido Lee Productions
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1-5pm
Exhibition Dates: May 11 - May 21, 2016
Root Division proudly presents New Growth 2016: Celebrating our Community, our annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition, featuring hands-on family art-making activities alongside an exhibition of artwork made by students and instructors in Root Division’s free after school Youth Education Program. Root Division’s Youth Education Program provides free art classes to seven after school programs in San Francisco (Bessie Carmichael Elementary, Buena Vista Child Care, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Community Housing Partnership, Horace Mann Middle School, Larkin Street Youth Services, Mission Education Center). In addition to training and placing our Studio Artists at partner sites, we recruit volunteers from the local community to help teach classes in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, and other arts.
Artist-Instructors: Susan Birnbaum, Leigh Ann Coleman, Susa Cortez, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Kyong Ae Kim, Jessica Lanham, Eda Li, Claire R. Lynch, Kate Miller, Elena Patiño, Alejandra Perez, Blanca Rodríguez, William Tran, Stephanie Wu
Exhibition Photos: Mido Lee Productions
"In line with Emergent Art Space’s mission of creating connections between artists from around the world, and fostering exchange and mutual understanding through art, the exhibition brought together and displayed side by side works by both international and Kolkata artists.
The theme had invited artists to reflect on the challenges, difficulties and possibilities inherent in the effort to translate and communicate, both literally and metaphorically, and to the large and small changes and transformations which are part of the human experience. It was fascinating to see how the concept ‘translation’ was differently interpreted and expanded by the artists who participated in the show, as well as by those who attended the two week workshop.
‘Translations’ became a motivating, generative concept, full of potential for further expressive and intellectual developments, as it was well illustrated by the speakers who participated in the panel conversation on ‘Translating Culture’, the musicians who performed Hindu traditional music in the multimedia show ‘Translating Time’ at the opening ceremony, and the many visitors who were as well inspired by it."
For more information, visit: emergentartspace.org/translations-kolkata
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: November 14 – December 14, 2015
The Midway Gallery
900 Marin Street San Francisco, CA 94109
"The Midway is thrilled to present Contexture, a dynamic experimentation in perspective. This multimedia spectacle features the works of Sean Newport, Jeffrey Yip, James Tucker, Claire E. O’Connor, Rea de Guzman, Mona Marcos, Jason Vo, Jean Nagai, and Robin Birdd. These artists probe beyond their respective mediums—from paint to light to textile—illuminating the brilliant and intense tactility of perception. Saturating their art with geometric repetitions and complex designs inspired by the everyday, the artists of Contexture take us on a veritable odyssey of heightened aesthetics where static objects breathe and trances are turned to dreams."
Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 2015, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 1-29, 2015
Oakland Asian Cultural Center: 388 9th St., #290 Oakland, CA 94607
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 1-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
Exhibiting Artists: Kimberley Arteche, Carla Catalina, Reynaldo Cayetano Jr, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Trinidad Escobar, Topher Maka, Marcius Noceda, Justin Pastores, Carlo Ricafort, Melanie Sangalang, Maria Fatima Urbi, Mel Vera Cruz, Pamela Ybañez
APAture 2015: Future Tense
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: October 2-17, 2015
Kearny Street Workshop Co-presented by: Asian American Women Artists Association
Arc Gallery: 1246 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 1-6pm, Saturdays at 12-3pm
Featured Artist: Kimberley Arteche
Showcase Artists: Austin Boe, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Grace Kim, Kyong Ae Kim, Alan Khum, Hadar Kleiman & Xiao Wang, Jana & Lawrence, Topher Maka, Nicholas Oh, Sunshine Velasco, Jeremy Villaluz, Tianxing Wang
Curated by: Rea Lynn de Guzman, Dara Del Rosario, & Vincent Yin
Exhibition Photos: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 8 - September 5, 2015
Citizen Fox Co-presented by Root Division
2293 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110
"As Root Division prepares to open our new 13,000 square foot facility at 1131 Mission Street to the public in September--this month, we are presenting our August 2nd Saturday exhibition offsite in the heart of our old Mission District neighborhood. Mission Street is a main artery through a variety of the fastest evolving neighborhoods in San Francisco. In 14 Rapid: Transit and Transition, fourteen artists consider the #14 Bus line, and the evolution of Mission Street in a variety of media including performance, video, painting, sculpture and photography. The #14 Muni bus line runs from Daly City to SoMA and carries passengers representing the rich cultural diversity that San Francisco’s Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, Mission District and SoMA residents represent. While Root Division will no longer be located, “in The Mission,” our new building will be “on Mission.” Please join us in this time of organizational and city wide evolution, as we celebrate our old neighborhood, and look just down the street--only a few bus stops away--to our future home."
Exhibiting Artists: Holly Coley, Susa Cortez, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Jon Fischer, Eliza Gregory, Cayla Harris, Plinio Hernandez, Meredith Leich, Raphael Noz, Billy Ocallaghan, Blanca Estela Rodríguez, Julia Sackett, Emmanuel Sevilla, Rhonda Weppler
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1-4pm
Exhibition Dates: May 6 - 21, 2015
"Root Division proudly presents New Growth 2015: Heart of the City, our annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition, featuring hands-on family art-making activities alongside an exhibition of artwork made by students and instructors in Root Division’s free after school Youth Education Program (Buena Vista Child Care, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, Mission Education Center, Larkin Street Youth). The gallery exhibition on view features creative endeavors in painting, sculpture, drawing, and mixed media made by elementary school students in our Youth Education Program shown alongside the artwork of our artist-instructors."
Artist-Instructors: Ana Bedolla, Susa Cortez, Irene Carvajal, Holly Colley, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Cayla Harris, Carrie Leeb, Carmen Melendez, Lauren Melendez, Katherine Mergens, Vreni Michellini Castillo, Allegra Bick-Maurischat