Judy Shintani MA, is a transformative art facilitator, guide, and mentor.
She specializes in creating a safe space for people of all ages to creatively explore themselves, dive deeply, delight in fun time, and play with a kaleidoscope of art materials. She has taught art workshops for 10 years through her Kitsune Community Art Studio in Half Moon Bay, and worked with the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts in San Francisco, Coastside Children’s Programs in Half Moon Bay, Legacies of War and artXchange Gallery and the Asian Counseling Resource Center in Seattle.
As a working and exhibiting artist,
she is a Narrator of Culture and the unspoken compels her to create. Shintani’s work depicts family stories, honors Japanese American history, showcases women’s issues, and often offers viewers ways to participate. She works with found objects, organic materials, video, words, and cultural clothing to create assemblages and installations.
She has exhibited throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, including in: a solo show at Enso Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA, 2011; Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post War Era, 2013, National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) Building 640 in the Presidio, SF; UnderCurrents, Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center SOMArts Cultural Center, SF, 2013; Work: Culture and the Feminine, artXchange Gallery, Seattle, 2013;
Storied Lives, the Art of Narrative, artLife Gallery, Sebastopol, 2013; Obake Yashiki (Ghost House), Arc Gallery, SF, 2012; Rootbound, Heaven and Earth, COCA, Seattle, 2012; Left to Chance: The Accidental Book Art, San Francisco Center for the Book, 2012; Wabi Sabi, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, 2011; SF Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason, 2011, A Sense of Place, Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, Arc Gallery, SF, 2011.
Shintani speaks about Asian American Art and Women’s Art at conferences, galleries, high schools, colleges, and organizations including San Francisco State, De Anza Community College, JFKU, ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle, Enso Gallery in Half Moon Bay, and National League of American Pen Women.
Judy is the founder and curator of the Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Auction in Half Moon Bay, CA, in it’s seventh year of raising money for medical care for those in need around the world. She was warded the Peninsula Arts Council 2012 Award for donor support.
Shintani is a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Caucus and on the board of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art.
Judy has a Masters in Transformative Art from JFK University, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.