Judy Shintani


DATES: November 16, 2019 - January 26, 2020

RECEPTION: Sunday, November 17 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Visiting Info

Artist Info

Judy Shintani has a deep, personal connection to the history of Japanese Incarceration during World War II. Her father’s experience as an imprisoned youth were a large part of her family’s historical narrative and have had a profound impact on her work. For this exhibition, Ms. Shintani draws on this personal experience to create an installation of drawings of children sleeping on mattresses, reminiscent of the many children forcibly removed from their homes and imprisoned in deplorable conditions. While personal, this work draws connections between the tragic history of the forced removal and incarceration of citizens of Japanese ancestry with Native American boarding school experiences and the current treatment of asylum seekers and others at our southern border. Shintani will also present stories as part of the exhibition, weaving remembrances of those who endured Japanese Incarceration with those of children enduring policies of family separations and similar experiences of incarceration today.

This exhibition is the first of a two part exhibition series supported by the Civil Liberties Program focusing on the history of Japanese Incarceration, in particular as it informs current events.

Judy Shintani’s art focuses on remembrance, connection, and storytelling. She makes assemblages, produces installations, creates performances, and facilitates social engagement activities to generate visual stories that bring critical issues to light. As a Japanese-American artist, she has focused much of her art career on researching and creating works that give voice to internee memories and hidden stories about this time.

Shintani has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. She speaks about Asian American Art and historical trauma most recently at San Francisco State University, Springfield College in Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Contemporary for Art Santa Fe. She was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Creativity Explored for Disabled Adults. Shintani founded the Kitsune Community Art Studio in Half Moon Bay and is an instructor at Foothill College. Shintani is a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Association, the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, and WEAD.