artist na omi shintani
Na Omi 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 vital issues to light. She offers participants ways to become art collaborators by interacting with her work and inviting feedback.
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.
She has exhibited in California, Washington, and New Mexico, and has been an artist in residence at Santa Fe Art Institute, Creativity Explored for Disabled Adults, and with ISKME’s Big Idea Fest. Shintani was nominated for a Joan Mitchell emerging artist grant.
Na Omi speaks about Asian American Art and historical trauma at venues including SF State, De Anza College, ArtXchange in Seattle, Center for Contemporary for Art Santa Fe, and 516 Arts in Albuquerque.
She founded the Kitsune Community Art Studio in Half Moon Bay and is a teaching artist at Creativity Explored for Disabled Adults and FootHill College, and has taught with the Institute on Aging.
Shintani is a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Association and WEAD, and a past board member of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art
She has a Masters in Transformative Art from JFK University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.