Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women

Book launch: August 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. .

Chinese Culture Center is proud to co-present: Cheers to Muses (為繆斯喝彩), an exhibit of art and writing from a soon-to-be-released anthology, by one of the nation’s leading Asian American arts organizations the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA). The exhibit showcases the new anthology of contemporary visual and literary art entitled Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (expected publication: August 2007).

WHEN: June 1st thru August 25th, 2007


Chinese Cultural Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor of the Hilton Hotel, San Francisco

Related Events:

  • Opening gala reception on June 15th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m
  • Literary reading: June 30th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Artists panel discussion: July 21st, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Book launch: August 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


About The Exhibit:

Curated by Cynthia Tom, the exhibit showcases work by select visual artists and writers from the anthology in tribute to the muses who have inspired their work. Exhibiting artists include: Cynthia Tom, Amy Lam, Christina Mazza, Susan Almazol, Lenore Chinn, Kay Kang, and Terry Acebo Davis. Writers include: Nancy Hom, Vanessa Merina, Olivia Boler, and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen.

  • Cynthia Tom is a surrealist painter who draws inspiration from divergent cultures and the contradictions that implies. Her strong female images evoke a deep longing for freedom of expression and a life of choice. She honors Maya Lin, architect and creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with these words: “Maya Lin informs my aspiration to be an outspoken Chinese American in my personal, business and artistic life….She demonstrated wisdom, courage and artistic vision as she faced scrutiny, criticism and slander.”
  • Installations artist Terry Acebo Davis, uses printmaking in her tableaux. For inspiration she draws upon her identity as a woman of Filipina-American extraction influenced by Euro-American contemporary thought. She describes her muse, Dawn Nakanishi, metalsmith and installations artist, as “a ‘light’ to those that know her as: teacher, mentor, artist, sister, friend, swimmer, and cancer survivor.”
  • Nancy Hom’s writing is published in several publications, including Cheers to Muses. As a visual artist, she has created numerous images for community events, political and social causes. She pays homage to Janice Mirikitani, activist and poet, in this way: “An outspoken supporter of women’s rights, she shows by example how women can overcome their feelings of helplessness and define power for themselves.”
  • Susan Almazol is a writer, sculptor and teacher. She honors writer Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni, whose “writing strengthens my resolve to tell my truth in the complex ways I have lived it, growing up as I did in three continents – the Philippines, Japan and the United States.”

About Cheers to Muses

What distinguishes this unique anthology from many others are the moving dedications, written by the contributors, to non-familial Asian American women whose lives or works have influenced and inspired their own. These heartfelt affirmations are a testament to the powerful influence these muses have had on the artists and writers, and remind us that we are part of a continuum of the Asian American woman’s struggle for independence and creative freedom.

Both the exhibition and the anthology support AAWAA’s mission to produce thought-provoking projects that challenge, inspire, and interpret the work of Asian American women artists.

About Asian American Women Artists Association:

This is AAWAA’s 17th year of supporting and promoting Asian American women artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts media. Founded in 1989, AAWAA promotes the visibility of Bay Area Asian American women artists through programs that exhibit, interpret, publish, and document their work. We provide resources to the arts community through exhibitions, readings, a speakers bureau, and through the distribution of visual and audio Educational Presentation Packets. By educating art establishments that have historically excluded works by Asian American women, AAWAA provides artists with access to these venues, and furthers the goal of establishing the place of Asian American women in American art history. For more information on AAWAA, check out

“爲繆斯喝彩”- Cheers to Muses,當代觀念作品展彙聚衆多視覺和文學藝術大師之傑作,充分展示了美籍亞裔女性的文學和藝術才華。此次藝術展覽和文學盛宴將繼續傳承和發揚美籍亞裔女性藝術家聯盟的一貫使命,專注于呈現各種啓迪性作品,在全面闡釋美籍亞裔女性藝術大師傑作的同時,注入更多挑戰和靈感。美籍亞裔女性藝術家聯盟成立于1989年,致力於提高美籍亞裔女性藝術家在藝術界的知名度。


在這個以華裔女藝術家爲主的展覽中, 舊金山中華文化中心希望能夠關注華裔移民後裔女性通過藝術展示她們的風采, 同時也把其他亞裔女藝術家的心路創作帶給華人社區。



地點:中華文化中心 幹尼街750號三藩市希爾頓酒店3樓

Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen、 林少琴、 Nellie Wong、 Roshni Rustomji 及其它作家的文學作品賞鑒:6月30日下午2點到4點
Lenore Chinn、 Flo Oy Wong 等作家座談會:7月21日下午2點到4點

展覽簡介:本次展覽由譚美玉負責組織和策劃,主要展出從“爲繆斯喝彩”中精選出的藝術作品和美文片斷:包括具有不同媒體和篇幅的視覺藝術作品,也有小說、傳記和詩歌等藝術作品。參展藝術家包括:Susan Almazol、 Lenore Chinn、 Terry Acebo Davis、 Kay Kang、 林承慧、 Christina Mazza 和譚美玉。參展作家包括:Olivia Boler、 譚瑞香、 Vanessa Merina 以及 Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen。

  • 譚美玉是一個超現實主義畫家,她從叛逆文化及其蘊含的矛盾衝突中獲得靈感。她筆下堅強的女性形象喚起了靈魂深處對自由表現自我以及選擇生活的渴望。她這樣稱讚林璎 (Maya Lin, 林徽音的侄女)——越南戰爭紀念碑的建築師和創作者:“林璎使我燃起了成爲一個坦率的華裔美國人的願望,在個人生活、商業和藝術生活中直言不諱……當她面對審查、批判和誹謗時她表現出了智慧、勇氣和藝術想象力。
  • 裝置藝術家Terry Acebo Davis 在她的作品中採用了版畫製作。她的靈感來自其作爲菲律賓裔美國人的身份並受到歐美當代思想的影響。她爲那些視她爲教師、導師、藝術家、姐妹、朋友、泳者及絕症幸存者的人,將繆斯、Dawn Nakanishi、金匠和裝置藝術家喻爲一盞明燈。
  • Nancy Hom的作品已經被數家出版社出版,包括“爲繆斯喝彩”。作爲一名視覺藝術家,她爲社團活動、政治和社會需要塑造了無數形象。她崇拜激進分子和詩人Janice Mirikitani(著名日裔美国诗人),她說:“她是一個勇於維護女性權利的人,她通過舉例指導女性如何擺脫脆弱無助的心理狀態並爲自己爭取權利”。
  • Susan Almazol 是一個作家、雕刻家和教師。她十分尊崇作家Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni,“她的作品使我堅定決心講述我的曲折經歷,我在3個地區的成長經歷——菲律賓、日本和美國。”