A Place of Her Own
2020 – Acrylic on canvas – 48″ x 36″ – $5000
Studio 302 – Cynthia Tom Art
30+ years as a Cultural Surrealist, Visual Artist, Social Justice focused Curator | Founder: A PLACE of HER OWN, an arts-based healing program 2009-present| Board President Emerita: Asian American Womxn Artists Association 2007-2018
A mixed-media artist, painter and curator, Cynthia’s work is an inspiration for transformation, empowerment, social change and fostering community. Coming from a culture that silences womxn, she’s learned to use her visual voice to speak truths about her ancestras and the feminine.
As a Cultural Curator|Community Art Activist, she integrates cultural roots and community needs to drive Social Change. She is the Director of A PLACE of HER OWN and produces workshops to help spark new ways of thinking and embracing dysfunctional patterns.
Her art and curatorial projects have been exhibited in The Smithsonian – What is Feminist Art?, San Francisco – the Legion of Honor, De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Thoreau Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, California Institute of Integral Studies, internationally in Portugal and Barcelona, nationally at The Smithsonian, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Rutgers’s University, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery- Chicago, etc.
Curatorial awards: de Young Museum Residencies, SOMArts Curatorial Fellowships, Asian American Pacific Islander Cultural Center.
Text books: Women Artists’ of the American West. Univ of Purdue, Susan Ressler and Asian American Art in Post-Colonial Times_ University of Padua, by Dr. Laura Fantone-Professor SF Art Institute. Features include New York Time’s SF Arts Monthly, Center for Asian American Media, SF Chronicle, Psychology Today, Marin Independent Journal, Digital Journal.com, KPFA and KPOO radio.
Her work is represented by California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art collections. She lectures at UC Berkeley, SF STATE and Ca College for the Arts.