Asian American Arts Alliance

Asian American Arts Alliance Names a New Executive Director

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Lisa J. Gold Named Executive Director 
of Asian American Arts Alliance 

Arts leader and longtime artist advocate to head venerable arts nonprofit

The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa J. Gold as its next executive director. Ms. Gold will oversee operations of the 35-year-old artist service organization located in Brooklyn, NY. She assumed her new post September 20, 2018.

From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Gold served as the executive director of Washington Project for the Arts, an artist service and presenting organization based in Washington, DC, where she led a strategic planning effort, launched a sizable number of education and new programming efforts, doubled the organization's budget, and was recognized with the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

Prior to her return to New York, Ms. Gold was the director of public engagement at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she was responsible for public programs, education, and visitor services. In previous years, she established herself in the New York art community as the public relations and marketing director at the Drawing Center and the director of development and communications at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Board president Athena Robles said, "Lisa's exceptional leadership skills and ability to effectively address issues facing artists will play a critical role in advancing the Alliance's mission. As the only organization in the U.S. providing opportunities for Asian American artists in all disciplines, we know firsthand that the 'model minority' is a myth. Lisa shares our belief that stewardship of artist careers and support for their entrepreneurial spirit is tantamount to advancing equity in the field, while ensuring a wealth of diverse voices, stories, and new ideas in culture."

In a statement, Ms. Gold said, "I am excited about the opportunity to work with a committed board of directors, to be able to shape the direction of an organization at a key juncture in its existence, and to support and work directly with artists and creative professionals to positively impact their careers and livelihoods, as well as increase their impact on the city as a whole."

September Town Hall!

Join the Asian American Arts Alliance for our September Town Hall at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City, Queens!

This month, we highlight the visual arts with a slide-slam style line-up of 90-second pitches by Asian American artists. We'll also feature presentations by Maia Chao and Simon Wu, the Alliance's 2018 Van Lier Fellows in Visual Arts Practice and Curation.

6:30 PM: Doors open
6:45 PM: Pitches & Presentations
7:45 PM: Potluck



Town Hall is the Alliance's bi-monthly community gathering event that features performances, pitches, and a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists—anyone with a creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space. The catch? You have 90 seconds to deliver your pitch!

You don't have to pitch to attend—RSVP to enjoy refreshments, presentations, and the company of fellow artists! Learn more about previous Town Halls by visiting our Tumblr.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP required to pitch; RSVP encouraged to attend.


ABOUT THE FEATURED PRESENTERS

Maia Chao, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Practice Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation, and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Exposé Gallery, Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, Driveby Projects, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. She is slated to participate in Open Engagement (Queens Museum) and the Museum of Capitalism (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) in 2018. She recently co-founded a socially engaged artwork at the RISD Museum called Look at Art. Get Paid. with prospects to expand to a cohort of art museums. Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship, and she recently completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. maiachao.com

Simon Wu, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Curation Fellow, is a Burmese American curator and graphic designer involved in collaborative art production and research. He has produced independent exhibitions at his own apartment, THINK!Chinatown gallery, and Parasol Projects. His most recent exhibition, Magical Girlz, brought together three artists to produce new work examining the way children make sense of the adult world. He currently serves as a Public Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Program Coordinator for the Racial Imaginary Institute, for which he is part of the curatorial team for a recent exhibition at the Kitchen (On Whiteness, June 2018). He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2017, where his thesis, "Resistance performed: politics and aesthetics in Myanmar," was advised by Irene V. Small. simonwu.info

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) is New York City’s premiere municipal reuse center. A program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education, MFTA collects a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and makes them available, free of charge, to nonprofits and government organizations with arts programming as well as New York City public schools. Friends of Materials for the Arts is the nonprofit partner that guides and supports educational programming, warehouse operations, programmatic initiatives and other goals of MFTA. materialsforthearts.org

The Alliance Announces its 2018 Van Lier Fellows!

(L to R) Maia Chao, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Practice and
Simon Wu, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Curation

Click here to download a PDF of the press release.

The Asian American Arts Alliance has administered its third cycle of the Van Lier Fellowships in the categories of Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation and announces its 2018 Van Lier Fellows: Maia Chao for Visual Arts Practice and Simon Wu for Visual Arts Curation.

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a $12,000 cash stipend as well as a package of professional development opportunities that include artistic mentorship, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

In addition to the selected fellows, the Alliance has selected five applicant finalists to receive Notes of Extraordinary Merit to acknowledge the caliber of artistic vision and value clearly demonstrated by the individual’s practice: Emily Chow Bluck, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Alice Yang, and Rosalie Yu in Visual Arts Practice and Danielle Wu in Visual Arts Curation.

Review panels of respected professionals in the field were selected based on their perspectives and experiences working with artists of diverse practices and cultural backgrounds. The review panel for Visual Arts Practice included Shane Brennan, Assistant Director of Program Development at the Trust for Governors Island; Sheetal Prajapati, Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works; and Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation (formerly Vice President for Grants and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council). The review panel for Visual Arts Curation included Shira Backer, Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum; Gabriel de Guzman, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon; and Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass (formerly Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art). Both panels were moderated by Leslie Kuo, Assistant Director, Annual Fund at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, visual arts consultant, and board member at the Asian American Arts Alliance.

“The Alliance is thrilled to welcome these two outstanding emerging visual arts professionals as this year’s Van Lier Fellows,” said Anjali Goyal, Acting Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. “Sally and Edward Van Lier were proud supporters of young talent, and Maia and Simon will join an incredible roster of Van Lier Fellows across the city whose careers were advanced over the past 27 years with the support of this eminent fellowship. The Alliance is proud to administer this program on behalf of the New York Community Trust, supporting the Alliance’s mission to build a pipeline of talented artists of color and prepare them to be leaders in the field.”

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust has been underwriting similar fellowships since 1991 at such dynamic and barrier-breaking nonprofit arts institutions as New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The Trust carries out the Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs. To read more about the fund’s history, click here.

Maia Chao, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Practice Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation, and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Exposé Gallery, Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, Driveby Projects, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. She is slated to participate in Open Engagement (Queens Museum) and the Museum of Capitalism (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) in 2018. She recently co-founded a socially engaged artwork at the RISD Museum called Look at Art. Get Paid. with prospects to expand to a cohort of art museums. Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship, and she recently completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. maiachao.com

Simon Wu, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Curation Fellow, is a Burmese American curator and graphic designer involved in collaborative art production and research. He has produced independent exhibitions at his own apartment, THINK!Chinatown gallery, and Parasol Projects. His most recent exhibition, Magical Girlz, brought together three artists to produce new work examining the way children make sense of the adult world. He currently serves as a Public Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Program Coordinator for the Racial Imaginary Institute, for which he is part of the curatorial team for an upcoming exhibition at the Kitchen (On Whiteness, June 2018). He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2017, where his thesis, "Resistance performed: politics and aesthetics in Myanmar," was advised by Irene V. Small. simonwu.info

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