Laura Kina

Laura Kina has exhibited internationally and nationally, including shows at the India Habitat Centre and India International Centre, New Delhi, and Nehuru Art Centre, Mumbai, India; Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Naha, Okinawa, Japan; Chicago Cultural Center and the Spertus Museum, Chicago, Illinois; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington.

Kina’s solo shows include Blue Hawai‘i at New Jersey City University Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery (2015) and The University of Memphis Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art (2014), Sugar at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Ilinois (2010); and Aloha Dreams (2007) and Hapa Soap Opera (2003) at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, Florida.

Kina was born in California in 1973 and grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. She earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing in 1994 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in Studio Art in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kina is Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media & Design at DePaul University, and co-editor, along with Wei Ming Dariotis, of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013).

Q&A with Sugar/Islands Artist Laura Kina on Discover Nikkei

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Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara has exhibited nationally in the U.S., including group shows at the Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina; Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts; and Houston Center for Photography, Texas. Momohara’s solo exhibitions have occurred at the Aaronoff Center for the Arts, Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio (2014); Fine Arts Work Center in Provinc- etown, Massachusetts (2012); Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Oregon (2009); and commercial galleries.

Momohara was awarded artist residencies at several programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery. Her work Islands was reviewed in Photographer’s Forum, Aeqai, PhotoPages, and Art Papers. She has received grants from the Paul Allen Foundation (formerly Vulcan) and the Ohio Art Council.

Momohara grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She earned a BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from the University of Washington and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Kansas. From 2006–2013, she served as Associate Professor of Art at the Academy of Cincinnati. She now lives in Shanghai, China, where she works in her studio full time.

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