Prominent San Francisco artist coming to UH Hilo in October

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Carlos Villa of the San Francisco Art Institute will visit the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department next month as the department’s Artist-In-Residence, October 10-14, 2011.

Villa, a visual artist and long-time community resource teacher and producer in San Francisco, California will deliver two lectures on his symposia “Worlds in Collision” and his personal journey from a “singular discipline trajectory to interventions and actions that would allow me to become a viable conduit between minoritized artist communities and the artist mainstream.” His talks are scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 12 in UCB 127 on the UH Hilo campus, and 5 p.m., Thursday, October 13 at the Volcano Art
Center Niaulani Campus. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Villa’s visit coincides with the Art Department Gallery presentation “Halo-Halo: Bay Area Artists of the Philippine Diaspora.” The exhibit will feature a mix of mature and emerging San Francisco Bay Area Filipino-American artists who work in a range of traditional and community based conceptual or experimental strategies to directly address questions of Filipino and Filipino-American identity and community or more subtle messages conveyed in the use of embedded or implied relations.

The presentation’s underlying theme is heritage awareness developed in ways that will inspire and challenge viewers to expand their vision of the contemporary Philippine Diaspora. Featured artists: Eliza Barrios, Cece Carpio, Christopher de Leon, Arvin Flores, John YoYogi Fortes, James Gan Yan Garcia, Mik Gaspay, Mail Order Brides/MOB, Marcius Noceda, and Maria Vilotte.

The Villa residency supports the 2011 Filipino American Heritage Month calendar of events on the UH Hilo campus. His visit and related activities are made possible with support from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund, the Howard and Yoneko Droste bequest, Student Activities Council (SAC); the Art Department, MAAPS, and the Chancellor’s Diversity Committee at UH Hilo.

For additional information, contact Professor Michael Marshall at (808) 974-7524 or . For those requiring special accommodations, contact (808) 933-0816 (V), (808) 933-3334 (TTY) or

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