• Instructor Bios
  • Lenore Chinn

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    Lenore Chinn

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    Lenore Chinn has been known primarily for her painting, focusing on portraiture to explore the super-realistic depiction of a wide spectrum of people of color, lesbians and same sex couples. Employing a coded iconography rooted in a lesbian/gay cultural perspective, these images fuse an Asian aesthetic of sparseness and clarity with visual narratives that counteract the “magic-truth rituals” of racial and gender construction.

    Her oversized canvases have chronicled many of the populations in which she moves.

    Chinn’s inclusion in Harmony Hammond’s “Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History,” the first study of American lesbian visual artists, vastly expanded her national visibility. Her portraits documenting the historical evolution of San Francisco’s queer community challenge the social conventions that currently constitute the racialized order of things.

    She is included in Whitney Chadwick’s 5th Edition of “Women, Art and Society” published by Thames & Hudson World of Art, 2012, as well as “Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists” published by Greenwood Press in 2007.

    In recent years she has transitioned to using photography to capture images, documenting the cultural landscape from a painter’s perspective. Her lens captures the everyday, ordinary people living their lives, and many of the Bay Area’s arts communities.

    She was a Spotlight Photographer for “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America,” The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center + Flickr, in 2014.

    The artist has been a founding member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Queer Cultural Center and is affiliated with the Asian American Women Artists Association.

    For more information visit:
    www.lenorechinn.com
    http://lenorechinn.wordpress.com

  • Instructor Bios
  • Mia Nakano

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    Mia Nakano

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    Photo by Cody T. Williams

    Mia Nakano is the Director of the Visibility Project a national photo and video archive dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. She is the Project & Online Media Director at The Cheese School of San Francisco (yes…there is a cheese school)

    Nakano works as freelance photographer, videographer, web-designer, and social change maker rooted in Oakland, CA. Her work has been published in media outlets such as Colorlines, the Kathmandu Post, and Democracy Now!. Nakano has contributed work to numerous organizations including the Smithsonian, Salon.com, and the de Young. She is the founding photo editor of Hyphen magazine and the LGBTQ section creator.

    Nakano is a board member of Banteay Srei, whose work is dedicated to ending sexual exploitation of young Southeast Asian women in Oakland. She is on the leadership team of the Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) network. Her work is shaped through her experiences as a proud 4th generation japanese american, queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother, and sister of a deaf adult. She is a self-taught artist, who advocates strategic and ethical use of media arts to make social change.

    She believes in doing what you love as much as possible and that no meal is complete without cheese.

  • Instructor Bios
  • Kat Evasco

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    Kat Evasco

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    Kat Evasco is an award-winning writer, stand up comedian, performance artist, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Los Angeles where she was raised. Evasco recently became the Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep, a theater company with the mission to break silence and end isolation by producing and developing works of theater based on real life.

    She has performed at venues including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts. Evasco is most well known for her autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest. This work chronicles the coming-out process of a lesbian daughter and a closeted lesbian mother, illustrating how the reclaiming of their sexuality challenges and strengthens their relationship. Mommy Queerest aims to celebrate sexuality, eradicate homophobia and break cycles of abuse. After a well-received workshop run at Bindlestiff Studio in 2011, Mommy Queerest premiered at The EXIT Theater in San Francisco in 2014 selling out an extended six week run. Mommy Queerest was last presented by The Theater Offensive in Boston in 2015 through the National Performance Network.

    Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director in San Francisco for The Future Project. Previously, she was the lead production manager for Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices and the Managing Director of Guerrilla Rep. She also served as the Board President and Development Director for Bindlestiff Studio, helping lead the opening of the first and only theater space in the country dedicated to cultivating Filipino artists. Evasco is a recipient of the Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, NextGen Art Professional Development Grant, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant. She also received scholarships from the California Endowment and the James Irvine Foundation to train with MacArthur Fellow, Anna Deveare Smith at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Evasco holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

    Check out her work at:
    Kat Evasco Live
    Guerrilla Rep
    The Future Project

  • Instructor Bios
  • Sine Hwang Jensen

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    Sine Hwang Jensen

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    Sine Hwang Jensen is a queer Asian American dreamer and schemer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently the Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library where she is passionate about working at the intersections of libraries, history, and social justice.

  • Instructor Bios
  • MLin

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    MLin

    MLin

    MLin currently works as a community organizer at API Equality – Northern California. Originally from San Jose, they identify as a queer gender non-conforming Chinese American. They graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in film production, with an emphasis in sound design. As a student, they were actively involved in student organizing and archival research relating to the history of minority groups on campus. Rooted in the Bay Area, MLin commits to living out their identity politics through both their community-based work and personal relationships. In their free time, they enjoy filming behind-the-scenes videography, spending quality time with loved ones, appreciating heartfelt music and exuding awkward penguin.

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  • Sal Tran

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    Sal Tran

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    Sal Tran is a 2nd generation queer Vietnamese-American artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their work is rooted within mental heath social advocacy work within queer/trans* communities of color. They strive to promote the power and of art and storytelling through mediums of film.