Online Events Archive

Meditation & The Artistic Process Online Summit with Divine Unity Collective (8/9/2023)

In this transformative summit, center yourself with a guided meditation and immerse yourself in profound discussions about the artistic process featuring real-world experiences shared by our esteemed speakers.


Virtual Reception with Anita Yan Wong (1/22/2023)

“Nature’s Poems” is a series of “contemporary traditional” paintings that celebrates the beauty in nature and addresses our cultural (dis)connection to nature. Asian-American artist Anita Yan Wong created her earth art by painting directly on wood. Seemingly alive, animals and natural elements experience a certain level of abstraction but still retain their natural appeal in these “contemporary traditional” paintings.


Virtual Reception with Amy Hughes (9/25/2022)

Amy Hughes’ Lightspace exhibition “Intermission” is a departure from her previous work. Hughes finds new ways to explore the importance of human connection in 2022 through obscure and sometimes abstracted scenes of parties and social settings, discovering a subject matter that seems ripe for exploration in post-lockdown culture. Painted monochromatically in a darkened sepia hue, her work makes a direct nod to the photograph.

“Calligraphy Workshop with Jojo Lu” (5/1/2022)

Artist and Instructor Jojo Liu hosts a Calligraphy workshop, in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This workshop gives an introduction to Calligraphy, as well as a brief history behind this iconic Asian art form.
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“Celebrating Black Artists”: A Virtual Artist Panel (2/20/2022)

We celebrated Black History Month with a virtual panel presentation. The panel consisted of both Bay Area and international artists, making great strides in the black art community. During their presentations, the artists took us deeper into their art and created a discussion to incite greater cultural awareness.

Virtual Reception with Christian Gonzalez (2/7/2022)

Christian Gonzalez’s exhibition at IAMA is a collective summary of the imagination. It is dedicated to his art teacher Ms. Sharon Maddison who has inspired him in more ways than one could ever hope for. From a young age, Christian’s goal has always been to maintain a creative outlook. Being able to look at regular materials such as a blank canvas or ordinary pieces of driftwood washed ashore the pacific coast and turning them into works of art that will outlive the organic thought from which the ideas derived from in the first place.

Virtual Reception with Anita Yan Wong (1/9/2022)

“Coffee Portraits” is a collection of coffee paintings created with coffee, ink and a calligraphy brush. Each portrait is painted with a cuppa morning coffee and using techniques in both Asian art and Western art in these paintings. The coffee pouring painting process is filmed and made into short animations. The project celebrates women of different ethnicities. Activate each portrait with the QR code to see the unique coffee painting process.

“IAMA Artist”: Virtual Talk with Ling Sherri Lu (8/18/2021)

Ling Sherri Lu is an award-winning painter and visual artist. She blends several traditional techniques from printmaking, water-based painting, and both Eastern and Western calligraphy foundations to create contemporary abstract paintings.

“IAMA Artist”: Virtual Talk with Anita Yan Wong

Anita Yan Wong, M.F.A., is an Asian American Women Artist best known for her expressive brush strokes and unique style of “Contemporary Traditional” paintings that defies tradition and modernity. The artist, who taught at UC Berkeley S.F. extension California in recent years, is a 4th generation Lingnan painter (which originated in southern China in the late 19th century, known for the fusion of mastering modern Chinese, Japanese and Western painting approaches.). Wong worked as an art Professor for over 14 years at MICA, SVA and Temple University before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015.

Virtual Panel: Women of the Arts

Virtual Panel: Women of the Arts

Mardi Gras Painting Workshop with Ginger Cook (2/22/21)

Ginger Cook discovered acrylic painting when the new medium was introduced to the market in 1965. Back then, this was considered as a new alternative to the traditional oil paints that were used by most artists of the time. Ginger has since then created thousands of works that have been sold all over the world. After 45 years of professional painting, Ginger and her husband John Little established an art academy and Youtube channel called Ginger Cook Live, dedicated to teaching beginning to advanced artists. We invited Ginger to teach us how to paint a traditional Mardi Gras mask.

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop with Jane Yuan (1/18/21)

Jane Yuan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her MFA in Studio Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in August 2020. She specializes in drawing and is interested in imitating Japanese prints and traditional Chinese paintings. Using the gong bi and xie yi styles, Jane introduced us to the basics of Chinese brush painting and uncovered the history behind the techniques involved.

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