Asian American Women Artists Association

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Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization that supports and promotes the work of Asian American women artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts through activities such as art events, lectures, artists salons, and member exhibitions.[1]

Based in San Francisco, it was founded in 1989 by artists including Flo Oy Wong, Betty Kano, Moira Roth, and Bernice Bing.[2]


Kano and Wong were motivated to found the AAWAA after attending the 1989 national meeting of the Women's Caucus for Art, where they felt that Asian American women were heavily underrepresented, and by joining a project started by Moira Roth to create a collection of slides of artworks by women of color.[3] The first meeting was held at Kano's home in Berkeley in March of that year.[4]

In 2007, the organization formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.[4]

AAWA Board[edit]

Cynthia Tom (President), Shari Arai DeBoer (Secretary/Treasurer), Sigi Arnejo, Linda Inson Choy, Michelle Lee, Vinay Patel, and Pallavi Sharma.

Advisory Board[edit]

Susan Almazol, Renee Baldocchi, Gracie Chidmat, Lori Chinn, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Natalie Gore, Nancy Hom, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Sue Tom.


  • Emerging Curators Program

This program aims to stress an Asian American Women lens to curation, to promote Asian American Women in the arts, from a curating perspective but this also benefits the artists that are under represented and lack exposure.[5]

In 2015, in honor of its 25th anniversary, the AAWAA created a large collective mural in San Francisco's Richmond District.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission | Asian American Women Artists Association". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Mission | Asian American Women Artists Association". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ Wong, Flo Oy (1998). "Women of Color in Art (WoCA) Slide Project History". Women Artists of the American West. Purdue University. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b Fields, Jill (2012-01-01). "Searching for Catalyst and Empowerment: The Asian American Women Artists Association, 1989-Present". Entering the picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the collective visions of women artists. Routledge. pp. 242–254. ISBN 9780415887687. OCLC 903585580. 
  5. ^ "Programs | Asian American Women Artists Association". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  6. ^ Luhar, Monica (November 10, 2015). "'Mural Muses' Honors History, Achievements of Female Asian-American Artists". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 

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