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Selected Exhibitions/Commissions



Celebrating Kimono, From Garment to Activism: Unspoken Communication, Japanese American Museum of San Jose, San Jose, CA



Our Legacy of Advocacy, National Nurses United, Moscone Convention Center,

San Francisco, CA

The de Young Open 2023, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

Spaces of Belonging, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA


Resisters: A Legacy of Movement from the Japanese American Incarceration, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey: From Remembrance to Resistance, AZ Gallery,

San Bruno, CA

Tanforan Incarceration 1942: Resilience Behind Barbed Wire, San Bruno, CA

Uprooted, K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Center, Alameda, CA


Interpreting Día de los Muertos, UNCAPP Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Dhai Akhar: Seeded in Love, Lindsay Dirks Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA

My American Experience, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA



Dhai Akhar: Seeded in Love, InnerEye Arts Virtual Site

Recovery A.C.T., Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, Fine Art Gallery Virtual Site

Arts and Humanities 2020 Graduate Exhibition: Cultural Studies, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA

Reflections on Exile, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Recognition, National Nurses United Union Headquarters, Oakland, CA

Diaspora Voiced, Rhythmix Cultural Words, Alameda, CA

Shared Footsteps from Exclusion to Injustice, Then They Came for Me, Futures Without Violence, The Presidio San Francisco, CA



(Re)Call Counternarratives, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA



Artists’ Eyes Art of Incarceration, NJAHS Peace Gallery and MISHistoric Learning Center,

San Francisco,CA

Mygration, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

Bluets: to fall under a spell, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

4th Annual Juried Show, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA



All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Then & Now, A Thread that Connects Us, J-Sei Building, Emeryville, CA

Transformation: 25 Years of Asian American Artists, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA

United Front Black Liberation & Asian/Pacific Activism, Asian Resource Gallery, Oakland, CA



Group Exhibition, Collector Gallery, Berkeley, CA



Solo Exhibition, Michaelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Group Exhibition, Colorida Galeria de Arte e Design, Lisbon, Portugal



GaNADa, Dohee Lee, Asian Improv aRts and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center,

Stage Installation

Design and Fabrication, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


2009 ~ 2012

When Dreams are Interrupted, Purple Moon Dance Project Collaboration, Site Specific Set Design and Installation, Berkeley, San Francisco, Lodi, Tule Lake Concentration Camp, Fresno and Sacramento, CA



Time Cocoon, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Costume Design and Artistic Consultant, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

Atlacualo, Jose Navarrete and Violeta Luna, Costume Designer/Consultant, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA



When Dreams are Interrupted, Purple Moon Dance Project Collaboration, Site Specific Set Design and Installation, Berkeley, CA



Ghosts of Little Boy, Artists for Peace, National Japanese American Historical Society Peace Gallery, San Francisco, CA

TransMissions, origins, re/generations & community, Zeum Theatre/Yerba Buena Gardens,

San Francisco, CA



Issho/Together: Japanese American/Japanese National Artists in America 1941 – Present, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Nikkei 2000 Art Exhibition, Japanese Peace Plaza, San Francisco, CA



Art is Figurative – A Juried Competition, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Resilient Images: Reflections of Internment, National Japanese American Historical Society Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Pro Arts Juried Annual Exhibition, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA Asian Pacific American Artists Today, Laney College Library, Oakland, CA



Ancient Lessons, New Life, Cafe Vox Populi, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA

Art Against the Death Penalty, New College of California, San Francisco, CA



HeartWork, Creating Something Together, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Richmond Art Center Exhibition, Berlex Laboratories Inc. and the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA



Latent August, The Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, National Japanese American Historical Society, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

BACA 11th Annual Juried National, Berkeley Art Center Exhibition 1995, Berkeley, CA

West Coast Works On/Of Paper Exhibition, The Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, CA



The Alphabet Show, Okeanos Press Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Stop the Violence, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA

New World Border, Undocumented Art/Inalienable Rights, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

Yellow Forest, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Asian Roots/Western Soil: Japanese Influences in American Culture, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

63rd Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

Object As Identity, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA

World of Difference - Art, Tourism and Cultural Dialogues, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA



Executive Order 9066 - 50 Years Later, San Jose Art League Gallery, San Jose, CA

Rediscoveries: The Myth Makers, Jamaica Art Center, Jamaica, NY

Four Directions: Women Honor Native Land, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

Ancestors and Experience, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

500 Years of Resistance Through Women's Eyes, Mission Cultural Center Gallery,

San Francisco, CA

Subtle Exchange, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA



Spirit of East and West, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Our History, Our Rituals, Bayview Operahouse, San Francisco, CA and Intercultural Gallery, Sonoma, CA

State University, Rohnert Park, CA



Layers, Japan Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Pacific Bell Scholarship Winners Exhibition, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Divine Line, Arizona Commission on the Arts Traveling Exhibition, Mesa, AZ





Alameda County Arts Commission’s Artist Registry



Second Place Award, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA



Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015, Oaxaca, Mexico

Arquetopia Artist Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico



Arquetopia Artist Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico



Gaea Foundation: Sea Change Residency, Provincetown, MA

DreamSpeakers Award, Purple Moon Dance Project, San Francisco, CA



Honorable Mention Award

63rd Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA



Pacific Bell Scholarship Grant, Artisans, Mill Valley, CA

Honorable Mention Award, Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA

Juror's Award, Galeria Mesa Exhibition, Mesa, AZ



Purchase Award, West Coast Fiber Exhibition, Eureka, CA





Elders Project performance collaborations with Destiny Arts Youth Performance

Company, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA


2017- 2019

Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey – documentary based on pilgrimage to Manzanar concentration camp, Manzanar, CA - collaboration with Shari Arai DeBoer, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, and Na Omi Judy Shintani



Tsukimi Kai Delegation to Cuba - Cultural Arts Exchange/Oral History Project –– Taiko performer and Musical Coordinator



Escuela Primaria Netzahualcóyotl, Bilingual School for Indigenous Children,

Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Volunteer Teacher



NICCA Construction Project in Matagalpa, Nicaragua – Volunteer Staff




Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Oregon, Eugene 1972

Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts, Berkeley, CA 1984-86

Individual folk art research – Chimaltenango, Guatemala 1973, Lima, Peru 1985, Michoacan, Mexico  1990







Japanese taiko drum training, Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, Founder of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Francisco, CA


Past and Present Affiliations


2009 – 2012

Artistic Consultant, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, taiko drumming performance ensemble


1999 – 2009

Managing Director, Co-Founding Member and Performer, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble


1997 – 2007

Founding Member and Performer, Drumfire, taiko and Native American drumming performance ensemble


1994 - 1996

Performer, Tampat: A Sacred Place, taiko and Native American drumming performance ensemble


1992 – 1994

Founding Member and Performer, Foreign Bodies Theater Company, taiko drumming, performance and spoken word company


1974 - 1985

Original Performing Member, San Jose Taiko, taiko performance company





A Joining of Rivers, Drumming and spoken word collaboration, Asian American Women Artists

Association Literary & Performing Art Series, curated by Nancy Hom, International Museum of Women, San Francisco, CA



Oakland Has Spoken II, Performance with Drumfire, Scottish Rites Center, Oakland, CA



Mahina, Drumming and dance collaboration with Jill Guillermo-Togawa, Purple Moon Dance Project 15th Anniversary Season, Zeum Theater, San Francisco, CA



Tsukimi Kai – Delegation to Cuba, Performances in Havana, Cienfuegos and Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Selected Performances and Tours with Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble



TEN – 10th Anniversary Concert, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Mountain View Center for the

Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA



Japan Tour, University of Kanazawa, Kanazawa City and Wajima City, Japan

SYTE/ON: Taiko X2, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA



Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Southwest Tour ‘06: Las Cruces, Silver City, Alamogordo, Socorro and Tucumcari, NM

Pacific Northwest Tour ‘06: Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, ID and Eugene, OR


Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College Center for the Arts, Torrance, CA

Skywalker Studios, Lucas Ranch, Nicasio, CA

Chains of Color, Collaboration with Robert Moses’ Kin, SomArts Cultural Center,

San Francisco, CA



Southwest Tour ’03: Valencia and Whittier, CA and Taos, Raton, Albuquerque, Farmington, NM

Ovation Series, Collaboration with Dance Brigade, Popejoy Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, Albuquerque, NM

Pacific Northwest Tour ’03: Eugene, OR, Seattle and Tacoma, WA

Satsuki Arts Festival, Collaboration with Kenny Endo, Berkeley Jewish Community Center Theater, Berkeley, CA



Disneyland Performances, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA

Také 5, Collaboration with Masayuki Koga, Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, CA

Skin to String, Skin to Wind, Collaboration with Van-Ahn Vo and Unity Nguyen, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


PoMo Arts Festival, Collaboration with Kularts, Yerba Buena Center Forum, San Francisco, CA

The Nature of Nature, Collaboration with Facing East Dance and Music, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, CA



Robert Moses’ Kin, Fifth Anniversary Home Season Concert, Collaboration with Robert Moses, Sara Shelton Mann, Kelly Tacunda Orphan, Marcus Shelby, Cowell Theater, San Francisco, CA

Monk at the Met, Collaboration with Sara Shelton Mann, Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco

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