Episode 35: Nancy Hom

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Episode 35: Nancy Hom

By Weston Teruya November 7, 2018

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In this episode of the podcast, I talk with artist, curator, and cultural organizer Nancy Hom. For decades, Nancy has served as an anchor and mentor in the Asian American artistic community, creating platforms to support artists, bring together people, and advance social justice work. From her early artistic and activist work in New York as a co-founder of the Asian American Media Collective and as part of Asian Women United, to her work with San Francisco’s Kearny Street Workshop, Nancy has dedicated her life to building institutional resources for the Asian American community and movements. We talk about her recent installations that take the form of collectively shaped, ephemeral mandala sculptures and the ways that practice reflects the worldview and spirituality that she built through decades of work in Asian American arts movements.

 

Nancy Hom is an artist, writer, and cultural organizer. Based in San Francisco, she has served as an Executive Director for Kearny Street Workshop and was co-founder of the Asian American Media Collective in New York City. Nancy received her BFA in Illustration and Visual Communication from Pratt Institute. She is an internationally exhibited artist and has worked with many Bay Area community arts groups, including Galeria de la Raza and Japan Art and Media Workshop. Her archive and papers are collected in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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