Kathy Aoki

Kathy Aoki


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 at Santa Clara University. Past awards include fellowships from Kala Art Institute (1995), the MacDowell Colony (2001), Headlands Center for the Arts (2003), and Djerassi

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

It was a great honor. The award was important to offset big art expenses, such as framing, studio costs, etc., which in turn moved my art forward.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

The work I do now has significantly changed in appearance (but not concept) from the work at the time of the laureate gift. I now make work with an art historical slant to comment on gender, beauty and pop culture issues of today.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Be nice to others but ruthless in your art-work ethic.

borderless; the art world in general is an international mash up.


  • Turner Print Competition Winner Kathy Aoki