Turner Presents “New Work/New Artist II” January 26-February 21

Publicity PhotoThe Janet Turner Print Museum at Chico State opens it’s new exhibition, “New Work/New Artist II,” on January 26 with prints by National Print Competition Solo Exhibition Award Winner, Kathy Aoki. An artist’s presentation will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, with a reception to follow at The Turner. The exhibit will be open to the public through February 21.

Anne Collins Goodyear, the juror for the “10th Turner National Print Competition,” selected San Francisco Bay Area-based artist Aoki as the artist most deserving of a solo exhibition. Aoki has the chance to create a new body of work for a specific setting as well as incorporate past works into the space. With this open invitation to create, the artist has an unprecedented opportunity to explore, engage and expand.

“The exhibition as a whole is a concentration of one person’s ideas that are not juxtaposed or contrasted by the resonance found in a curated exhibition utilizing a group of different artistic voices,” said Catherine Sullivan, Curator of The Turner Print Museum.

The daughter of two doctors, Aoki grew up in a small suburb of Boston. She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she studied French and took her first printmaking class. She then moved on to attend Washington University in St. Louis to complete an MFA in printmaking. A self-proclaimed feminist, Aoki’s work incorporates tongue-in-cheek messages about the stereotypes and social pressures that women encounter.

"I try to use humor and familiar formats - things that will attract an audience that might not necessarily want to stick around for strong feminist messages,” said Aoki.

Aoki has been honored with numerous awards for her work, including fellowships from the Kala Art Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts and Dejerassi, as well as multiple art residencies and grants. Currently, Aoki works as an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University.

The Turner Print Museum is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Parking is available on nearby Chico streets and also at adjacent Chico State parking lots.

More information is available at The Turner website.

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Story by Anne Stanley, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant

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Photo: School of the Arts Publicity Assistant Anne Stanley (left) and artist Kathy Aoki look at one of the prints that will be exhibited during "New Work/New Artist II." Photo by Sean Chen.