Kristine Aono
SculptureInstallationsDeru Kugi Wa Utareru; The Nail That Sticks Up The Farthest Takes The Most Pounding
If You Remember, I'll Remember
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois
February 4 - June 18, 2017
Group exhibition including my "The Nail That Sticks Up The Farthest..." Installation
Opening Reception Saturday, February 4th, 2-5pm
Panel Discussion at 2pm
Debt Dialogue Series Panel Discussion, April 26, 6-7:30pm



My sculpture and installations are narrative in nature, reflecting my identity as a Sansei, a third generation Japanese-American. I examine my hybrid cultural identity through topics such as acculturation, racial and sexual stereotyping, the WWII internment camps, and the history of my family in America.

My artwork evolves from in-depth research. It can involve a variety of materials; wood, plaster, fabric, photography, earth, artifacts, rusted nails, leaves, etc. Oftentimes, the creation of my artwork will entail interaction with communities as a core element.

My artwork has been exhibited widely. Venues include; Artist Space and the National Academy of Design in New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington DC, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Bronx Museum of Art, and the Wichita Art Museum.

I have been the recipient of numerous grants which include the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist/ Public Projects Grant, Maryland State Arts Council, and Art Matters. My BFA is from Washington University in St. Louis. I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and have done Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center.