Kim Yasuda

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Kim Teru Yasuda
EducationB.F.A., San Jose State University; M.F.A., University of Southern California
Known forPublic Art, Site-specific art

Kim Teru Yasuda (born 1960) is an American artist known for her site-specific installations and public art projects that explore themes of identity and social engagement in public spaces.[1]

Born in Oakland, California,[2] Yasuda is a professor of Public Practice in the Art Department at University of California, Santa Barbara and previously served as the co-director of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).[3] She obtained her B.F.A. from San Jose State University in 1983 and her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1988.[4] Yasuda has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., the Oakland Museum of Art, California and Camerawork Gallery, London.[5]

Yasuda has received commissions for public art from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles as well as the cities of St. Louis, San Jose and Hollywood.[6] Yasuda incorporates a variety of media in her work, including light, which she has used to signify memory or a depiction of one's interior landscape.[7] Her artistic practice and teaching is open and collaborative, often engaging her students directly with communities where the art projects are situated. Following the 2014 Isla Vista killings, Yasuda developed a class for UCSB students called IVOpenLab to facilitate students' active learning within the Isla Vista community through social engagement, research, and participation.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Kim Yasuda". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ "Kim Yasuda". California State University Stanislaus. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. ^ Yasuda, Kim (2010). "Repurposing the University: UCIRA and embedded arts research across California". Public Art Review. 22 (1): 58–59 – via Art & Architecture Source.
  4. ^ "Kim Yasuda". Laumeier Sculpture Park. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ "Beliz Brother, Mei-ling Hom, and Kim Yasuda: Celebrating the U.S. - Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship Program". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  6. ^ "Kim Yasuda". Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara.
  7. ^ Cohn, Terry (1998). "Light as medium". Artweek. 29 (10): 13–14 – via Art & Architecture Source.
  8. ^ Noozhawk. "UCSB Art Professor Kim Yasuda Gets Creative in Encouraging Isla Vista Engagement". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  9. ^ "About". IV Open Lab. Retrieved 2017-03-08.

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