Tina Takemoto at the Center for Asian American Media

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Tina Takemoto at the Center for Asian American Media

By Tina Takemoto April 17, 2019

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? Living & Working is a multi-platform column focusing on the experiences and strategies from those who continue to live and work in the Bay Area.


Tina Takemoto is the dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts where they have taught in Visual Studies, graduate Fine Arts, graduate Visual & Critical Studies and the college-wide curriculum since 2003. Takemoto has held key leadership positions at CCA including serving as chair of the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee, where they did important collaborative work on promotions policy and process. 

Takemoto is a visual studies scholar and artist whose work explores issues of race, illness, queer identity, memory, and grief. Takemoto's current artwork and research explores same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality of Japanese Americans incarcerated by the US government during World War II.  Takemoto has received grants and fellowships from the Fleischhacker Foundation, Art Matters, +LAB Artist Residency, James Irvine Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. 

Takemoto's work has been exhibited and performed at Asian Art Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, GLBT History Museum, New Conservatory Theatre, Sabina Lee Gallery, Sesnon Gallery, SF Camerawork, SOMArts, SFMOMA, and the Vargas Museum. Their film Looking for Jiro received the Jury Award for Best Experimental Film at Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and has been featured at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, MIX Milano Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, and San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

Takemoto's articles appear in Afterimage, Art Journal, Hyphen Magazine, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance,  and the anthologies Queering Asian American Art, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories and Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto serves on the board of Queer Cultural Center and is co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. 

Living & Working is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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