MEET OUR ARTISTS
Japanese American artist Judy Shintani was born in Ames, Iowa to a mother from Honolulu, Hawaii and a father from Poulsbo, Washington. Her father’s family lost their oyster farming business when they were taken to Tule Lake Incarceration Camp in the 1940’s. Her family ended up in the Central Valley of California where Judy spent most of her childhood before moving to the Bay Area for college. Years later she began exploring her roots and family history.
Shintani has exhibited throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, and Southwest. She was recently an artist in residence at Santa Fe Art Institute and at Creativity Explored in San Francisco. She was awarded the Peninsula Arts Council 2012 Award for donor support for her Coastside Artists for Doctors Without Borders project.
In addition to making art, Shintani owns and runs the Kitsune Community Art Studio in an old dairy barn in Half Moon Bay.
She is a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Caucus and on the board of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art. Judy has a Masters in Transformative Art from JFK University, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.
Irene Carvajal is a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist her art practice includes printmaking, collage, sculpture and installation. Irene has exhibited in the United States, Japan and Costa Rica. Thematically her work touches on colonialism, labor, feminism, value, and mass production.
She worked on her BFA at the University of Costa Rica and the University of Kansas and her MFA, with an emphasis in printmaking, at the San Francisco Art Institute where she received the Bronze Roller Award. She has participated in art residencies in Yokohama, Japan and San José, Costa Rica.
Currently, she lectures at Stanford University and San Jose State University. She teaches a variety of printmaking processes including monoprint, etching, screen, lithography and colograph as well as a hybrid, critical studies/studio class (taught in Spanish) — Arte Latino: Over the Border and through the Hood — which follows various Mexican muralists, their social practice and their influence on the Chicano Art movement. The students (a combination of Stanford and local mainly first generation Latino students) then develop and create a mural inspired in their personal identities as Americans.
Photo by Dara Rossenwasser