Kathy grew up on the east coast in the small town of Natick, a Boston suburb. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, followed by two years at Washington University in St. Louis for an MFA in Printmaking. Currently, Kathy lives and works in the Silicon Valley where she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University. She served a three-year term as department chair from 2015 – 2018.
Kathy Aoki’s past awards include fellowships from Kala Art Institute (1995), the MacDowell Colony (2001), Headlands Center for the Arts (2003), Djerassi (2006), Val Paraiso (2013) and Frans Masereel Centrum (2013). Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S. such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMOMA , the Harvard University Art Museums, and the New York Public Library.
Past projects included a 2004 grant from the San Francisco Public Arts Commission for the Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Project. Her series of linocut prints were transformed into 4 x 6 ft posters entitled “Champions of Market St.” showing Market St. pedestrians dressed in super-hero garb performing random acts of kindness. In January 2012, Aoki completed the interactive “Political Paper Dolls”art installation commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art for the exhibition “Renegade Humor.” Aoki received the Prix-de-Print award in the journal Art in Print (Nov-Dec 2015 issue), as selected by Stephen Goddard, Professor of History of Art and Associate Director and Senior Curator at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence. The essay can be found here. In 2016, Aoki was commissioned to create three photopolymer intalgio prints for display and and acquisition by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia, for the exhibition “Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics.”
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Current solo show:
Commissioned “Sandbox” installation: through Sept 9, 2018
Includes Hello Kitty Monument Selfie Spot and Visitors’ Center
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
(Re) Writing the Narrative
de Saisset Museum
September 29 – December 1, 2017
Santa Clara, CA
Beauty Essentials: Artifacts from the Museum of Historical Makeovers
April 21 – June 23, 2017
Haldan Gallery, South Lake Tahoe