Kristine Aono
Artist Bio
Kristine Aono is a sculptor and installation artist. She has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In addition, she has done residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Arts.

She has received numerous grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts (Visual Artist/Public Project Grant), the Maryland State Arts Council, the Painted Bride, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, and the Prince George’s Arts Council. Kristine Aono has served on the Board of the Washington Project for the Arts, participated as a founding mentor of the Corcoran Arts Mentorship Program, created an arts-based mentorship program called ArtPartners, and served as a panelist for the NEA, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She has also been a visiting artist and lecturer at George Mason University, Clarion University, and the McDonogh School.

Her installation Relics from Camp enlisted Japanese-American communities in Los Angeles (at the Japanese American National Museum), Washington DC (National Museum of Women in the Arts), and Chicago (Harold Washington Library). In addition, she has had solo shows and installations at the International Sculpture Center (Washington, DC), University of Maryland (College Park), the Long Beach Museum of Art (CA), and the Washington Project for the Arts (DC).

Kristine Aono’s work has been included in numerous group shows such as Artists Space Twentieth Anniversary Show: Artists Choose Artists (NYC), Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell Colony Artists (Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH; National Academy of Design, NY, NY; Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS), Continuum (Japan Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC), Revealing the Self (Curated by the Bronx Museum of the Arts for Paine Webber, New York, NY), and (EN)Gendered Visions: Race, Gender, & Sexuality in Asian-American Art (Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX).

She has been reviewed by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun Times, Artspace magazine, ARTFORUM International, and the Yomiuri Shimbum. She is included in books such as Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Contemporary Asian American Art (Elaine Kim and Margo Machida, UC Berkeley Press), Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell Colony Artists (Andrew P, Spahr, University Press of New England), and Art and Diversity in the US: An Interdisciplinary Guide for Art in High Schools (New Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed: Susan Cahan, New York, NY).

Kristine Aono’s studio is in Maryland, in the Washington DC region. You can contact her at