Kristine Aono Artist Statement

Kristine Aono Is a sculptor and installation artist who uses a wide variety of materials to explore themes of personal narrative and history. Her art tells stories of her family’s Japanese-American experience and cultural, racial, and social issues that reflect both historical events and present day circumstances. Input and interaction with communities is often an integral component of her artwork.

Aono’s solo shows include the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC; and other venues. Her work has been exhibited in places such as the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; the Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; the Bronx Museum of Art, NY; National Academy of Design, NY, NY; Japan Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC; and the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC.

She has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and numerous grants, including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts (Visual Artist/Public Projects), Maryland State Arts Council, and Art Matters. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has served on numerous art panels, given workshops and presentations with community groups, and is a lead teaching artist for underserved, high school youth at Arts on the Block.

Aono has been featured in articles, broadcasts, and interviews, with reviews in ARTFORUM International, Artspace Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Yomiuri Shimbum. She is included in books such as Exhibitions for Social Justice (Elena Gonzales), Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Margo Machida), Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell Colony Artists (Andrew P. Spahr), and Art and Diversity in the US (New Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed: Susan Cahan).

Kristine Aono’s studio is in Maryland, in the Washington DC region.