AAWAA Open House celebrating AAWAA’s first office space, 1890 Bryant Street Studios, San Francisco.

Estate Planning and the Working Artist: The Artist’s Legacy, workshop presented by attorney Debbie Yee, AAWAA Studio, San Francisco.


Cheers & Incantations, Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco.


Cheers & Incantations, poetry reading by Asian American and Latina poets, Encantada Gallery of Fine Art, San Francisco.


Bay Area Asian American Women Artists, slide presentation, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Tao, Tea & Art art sale and benefit for AAWAA, Tao Café, San Francisco.


Full Circle: Nancy Hom and Betty Nobue Kano, 8th Annual United States of Asian America, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, co-presented by AAWAA.

Accumulated Allusions, San Pablo Arts Gallery, work by seven AAWAA artists, curated by Anne Austin.


AAWAA 15th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction, Women’s Building, San Francisco.


(S)kinship: African American and Asian American Connections, as part of API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival 2004, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco.

Crossing Bridges exhibition, CBS MarketWatch corporate offices, San Francisco.

AAWAA Member Exhibit, D.P. Fong Galleries, San Jose, CA.



Literary Reading by Barbara Jane Reyes, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery,  San Francisco.

Mother’s Land: artists on the theme of motherhood, co-presented with Locus Arts, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA.

(S)kinship: African American and Asian American Connections, as part of API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival 2004, San Francisco.


Educational Presentation Packet project: artist statements, biographies, demographic information and essays by 50 visual and literary artists,


Making their Mark: Concepts, Visions and Narratives by Asian American Women, as part of API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival 2003, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, curated by Nora Nguyen.

Association for Asian American Studies Conference, exhibition by AAWAA artists and slide display of the AAWAA Educational Presentation Packet.


Making their Mark, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco.

Under a Two-thirds Moon: An All-genre Reading featuring AAWAA writers, Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco.

Literary reading by AAWAA writers, Lola Gallery, San Francisco.



Slowly Enter, exhibition by six AAWAA artists, curated by Rachel Osajima, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery.

Samplings from AAWAA, works by eleven AAWAA artists, curated by Anne Austin, San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, CA.



Crossing Bridges, exhibition by 20 AAWAA artists, juried by Bettina Leong, CBS MarketWatch.com corporate offices, San Francisco.



Seven Voices, exhibition by seven AAWAA artists, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco. 

Passing, exhibition of works by four AAWAA artists and four others, Euphrat Museum, Sunnyvale, CA.



They Hold Up Half the Sky, comprising two exhibitions:  Of Our Own Voice and Bernice Bing: A Memorial Tribute and Retrospective at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco.

AAWAA and de Young Museum host a celebration of the museum’s acquisition of a work on canvas by founding AAWAA member Bernice Bing.


The Life and Works of Bernice Bing, SOMArts, San Francisco.

Contemporary Issues of Asian American Women Artists, SOMArts, San Francisco.


Publication of Of Our Own Voice, a catalogue of members’ work. 

Celebration of publication at Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco.

Celebration of publication at Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA.



SF Chronicle article features Dawn E. Nakanishi and AAWAA.

Women’s Caucus for Art National Conference, Flo Oy Wong co-moderates panel, 3×2: An Intergenerational Dialogue Between Asian American Women Artists, panel includes Lenore Chinn and others, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.

Santa Clara University, Asian Student Body Career Day, Santa Clara, CA.

SF State University, Asian Women’s Studies, San Francisco.


Second retreat at the home of Bernice Bing in Philo, CA.

AAWAA meets with Vas Prabu, Director of Education at the de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco.

Article on AAWAA published, “A Gathering of Kindred Spirits” by Diane Tani and Dawn E. Nakanishi for Journal of Art Criticism. Volume 3, Number 2, 1996.


Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA.

Calero Community School, San Jose, CA.

University of California Berkeley, Kim Anno’s class, Berkeley.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.

Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.

California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA.

Mills College, Oakland, CA.

John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA.

University Women’s Association.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Palace of Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco.

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.

University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.

University of California Berkeley, Keiko Yamanaka’s class, Berkeley.



Awarded California Arts Council Grant to produce slide binders of members’ artwork.

AAWAA members walk-through exhibition, With New Eyes: Toward an Asian American Art History in the West, 1865-1965, San Francisco State University Gallery with Karin Higa, curator, Japanese American National Museum of Los Angeles. AAWAA members Diane Tani and Dawn Nakanishi were two of the exhibition’s curators. Works by members Bernice Bing and Anna Wu Weakland included in the exhibition.


Rice, an exhibition co-presented by AAWAA, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA.


Members Norine Nishimura, Lenore Chinn, and Betty Kano challenge Berkeley radio station KPFA’s programming choice of musician John Zorn, who exploits Asian women in his use of photography for his CD jackets, public relations, and performances. Kano participates in a radio discussion panel.


Yellow Forest, AAWAA 5th Anniversary Exhibition, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco. 85 artists represented.




Third edition of members’ slide packet organized.

Kim Anno represents AAWAA at the National Women’s Caucus for Art conference in New York on a panel, Cross-Continental Dialogue: Asian American Network.

Slide presentations, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA.

Artweek Interview of Flo Oy Wong and AAWAA, KGO TV.

Sunday At 7 Interview with member Miki Hsu Leavey.


Object As Identity, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA.

Power and Grace, St. Supery Winery, St. Helena, CA.

Time Echoes, C.N. Gorman Museum, UC Davis, Davis, CA.


Members participate on panels for Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art conference at Mills College and UC Berkeley’s Persistence of Vision Asian American Arts Conference.

Slide presentations at UC Santa Cruz; San Jose State University Art Department; and The Fairmont Hotel, Asian American Studies presentation, San Jose, CA.

Guerrilla Girls are invited guests to AAWAA meeting.

Reviews in Sacramento Union (Jan/Feb); UC Santa Barbara paper; and Metro, San Jose, CA.


Different Voices, UC Santa Barbara Women’s Center, Santa Barbara, CA.

Gathering, dedicated to the late Hisako Hibi, Lite Rail Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Executive Order, Art League of San Jose, San Jose, CA.



Second edition of slides of members’ work is organized.

Slide presentations at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and Berkeley Public Library.

Oakland Tribune article, “Art Beyond the Borders” and KFRC radio interview with members Indigo Som, Diane Tani, and Flo Oy Wong.


Spirits of East- and West-Asian American Women Artists, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA. First membership exhibition, coordinated by Betty Kano, Diana Yoshida, and Wendy Yoshimura.

Asian American Women Artists Association, Community Arts Gallery, Holiday Inn Chinatown, San Francisco.

Aawaa-kin, Art Works Gallery, Fair Oaks, CA.


First AAWAA retreat at Shenoa, Mendocino County, CA.

Slide presentations: College of Creative Arts Symposium, UC Santa Barbara, and Multicultural Center Open House, Sacramento, CA.



Artists Flo Oy Wong and Betty Kano begin contacting Asian American women artists to submit slides for the Women’s Caucus for Art slide registry.

First gathering of artists, poets, and musicians meet at Betty Kano’s home.

The Asian American Women Artists Association is formed as subsequent gatherings take place and artists share their work and discuss projects.

Kano and Wong present a slide show of art by Asian American artists at Sources of a Distinct Majority: Agenda for the 1990s conference, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco.

Slide presentations continue at Mills College, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Cuba Biennele.