Awards and Residencies

2017

2018 Wavehill Winter Residency, NY

Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, Chinatown Art Brigade

2016

National Lifetime Achievement Award, Women's Caucus for Art,  presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grant for "Here to Stay", a project of the Chinatown Art Brigade

A Blade of Grass 2016 Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, Chinatown Art Brigade

Asian Women's Giving Circle, Women Arts & Progressive Social Change Grant for 'Here to Stay' 

2013

Asian Women's Giving Circle Women, Arts and Activism grant for "Portraits of New York Chinatown Project"

Visiting Scholar, NYU Asian Pacific American Studies Institute

Puffin Foundation Award

2012

Professional Development Fellow, Creative Change Program, The Laundromat Project

2011

Visiting Artist, Bowdoin College, Maine, Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project

2010

2009 Asian Arts Alliance Honoree

2009

Artist in Residence, Museum of Chinese in America

Artist Fellowship, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City

2008

Arts and Activism Grant from the Asian Women Giving Circle for collaborative exhibition entitled “The Archeology of Change: Mapping Tales of Gentrification in New York City’s Chinatown”. Sponsoring organization: The Museum  of Chinese in America,

2007

Artist in Residence, Haveford College, PA

Urban Artists Initiative Grant, awarded by Asian American Arts Alliance and the NYFA

2006

Artist Residency, The Center for Book Arts

2005

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum  Artist Residency to create a window installation for 97 Orchard Street and conduct a series of community workshops with ESOL students.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists & Communities Residency Grant, sponsored by the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA.

2004

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists & Communities Residency, sponsored by CEPA, (The Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art), Buffalo, NY

2003

Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant  to develop a BiCultural/BiRacial Profiling Survey, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2002

Women’s Studio Workshop Artist Residency Grant  Six week residency to produce a portfolio of solar plate etchings entitled, “Momotaro/Peachboy”.

1999-2000

Artists & Communities: America Creates for the Millennium  Artist  Residency, three month residency  sponsored by  Self-Help  Graphics, Los Angeles, CA. , through a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation  and the NEA.

Longwood Cyber Residency,  nine  month artist residency sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, with support from Verizon to create a Web project

1999

Women’s Studio Workshop 21 for 25 Visual Arts Grant

Asian Pacific American Studies Program Artist in Residence, one year residency at New York University,NY 

1998

Phoenix Award , New York Asian Women’s  Center, NYC

Anonymous Was A Woman Award 1997

Visiting Artist Fellowship, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

1996

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Residency sponsored by Asian Arts Initiative, PA

1995

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Printmaking/Artists Books

1994

Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. 1994  Grant Award

Cathrine Boettcher Fellow for 1994, the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH  

Artist in Residence, Art in General, New York 

National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship for Works on Paper

1993

New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence

1991

New  York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Printmaking

Artist in Residence, Workspace Program, Dieu Donne Papermill

Studio Residency/National Studio Program, P.S. 1 Museum/Institute for Contemporary Art, NYC

Creative Time Citywide Grant, Memories of New York Chinatown Banner Project, NYC

1989

Artist in Residence, Cummington Community of the Arts, Cummington, MA

Artist in Residence, New York State Council on the Arts, sponsored by the New York Chinatown History Museum, NYC

1988

Artist in Residence, Avocet Silkscreen Workshop, Art Awareness, Lexington, NY

Artist in Residence, Special Editions  Program, Lower East Side Printshop, NYC

1985

Artist Fellowship, The Printmaking Workshop, NYC

Public and Private Commissions

2017

(ex)Change:History Place Presence commissoned art work for the Asian Arts Initiative 25th Anniversary sponsored by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia

2014

‘Portraits of NY Chinatown”, commissioned artwork and installation for the Museum of Chinese in America, NY

2012-13

San Francisco Art Commission and the SF MTA:  Public Art Commission to design and fabricate architectural glass artwork for the Central Chinatown Subway Station.  Projected installation date: 2018.

2010

Smithsonian Institution:  5’ x 8’ Banners for the 2010 Folklife Festival, National Mall, Washington DC

2008

MTA Arts for Transit; Public art commission to design and fabricate faceted glass artwork for the landmark Pelham Parkway Station, White Plains Road Line, NYC.  (Richard Dattner, Architect.)

2002

Asian Cinevision, commission to create commemorative artwork for the 25th Annual Asian American Film Festival held at the Asia Society, NY.

2001

Philadelphia Department of Recreation Mural Arts Program, public art commission to design and paint a 20' x 17' exterior mural for Philadelphia's Chinatown community

Riverside Church, public art commission to design and fabricate a 28’ etched glass mural memorializing   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Martin Luther King  Jr. Wing , 490 Riverside Drive,  NYC

2000

San Francisco Art Commission, public art commission to develop a design proposal for an 800 square foot glass wall system; a streetscape improvement project for the Fillmore Street Bridge, sponsored by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, public art commission to design and fabricate a 60’ mosaic mural for the lobby of the new Children’s Center for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, 29th and First Avenue, New York; Richard Dattner, Architects.

1998

The Cambridge Arts Council, public art commission to create a silkscreened mural for the lobby of the newly renovated Morse School,  Cambridge, MA

Arizona Humanities Council, Phoenix, Arizona, commissioned portfoliio of prints, created in conjunction with “Transforming Barbed Wire” a project commemorating the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.

U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, public art commissionto create a silkscreened mural for the Interior Memorialization of the African Burial Ground, Federal Office Building lobby, 290 Broadway, New York.

1997

NYC School Construction Authority, SITES for Students Program public art commission to design and fabricate a ceramic tile mural for the cafeteria of P.S. 217 Brooklyn, NY

1995

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Per Cent for Art Program, public art commission to design and fabricate a terrazzo floor and glass block wall for the lobby of P.S. 130 Manhattan.

1993

Bread and Roses Cultural Project, Inc. commission to design a poster for Women of Hope:  African American Poster Project, NY

1992

National Endowment for the Arts, Interarts grant for the design and installation of six silkscreened 45' long  banners entitled ‘Remembering NY Chinatown”; a site-specific public work for the stairwell of a community center located at 70 Mulberry Street, NY.

Washington State Arts Commission, Art in Public Places Program, purchase for South Seattle Community  College, the Stillwater Elementary School, and the Hawthorne Elementary School, Seattle, WA.

1991

National YWCA of the USA, commission to design and print silkscreens in an edition of 12, to be used as 1991 Racial Justice Awards, New York Headquarters.

Solo Exhibitions and Installations

2014

Portraits of NY Chinatown, Museum of Chinese in America, NY  Curator: Herb Tam

2013

Tomie Arai:Tales from Home, Featured Artist Exhibition, Center for Book Arts, NY

2010

Tomie Arai: Finding Home, Princeton University Fields Center

2008

Tea/Time Recent Works by Tomie Arai Lower East Side Printshop, NY

2007 

Tomie Arai: Artist in Residence, Haveford College, Humanities Center Gallery

2005

Untelling: A Mid-Career Retrospective, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo. Curator: Millie Chen

2005

Re:mixed, a window installation for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC

2003

Urashima: An Installation by Tomie Arai; Conversations with the Permanent Collection Series, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

2003

Resident Aliens: A Collaborative Installation with Siddartha Joag, A/P/A Studies Gallery, NYU, official launch of website: BiCultural/BiRacial Profiling Survey.

2003

Stories from La Colonia China, The Caribbean Cultural Center, NYC

2002

Momotaro/Peach Boy, Center for Photography at Woodstock , NY

2001

Printed Matter, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

2000

Selected Work, Galeria Otra Vez, Self Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, California

1999

Tomie Arai/New Work,  Cheryl McGinness Gallery, NY.

1998

Momotaro/Peach Boy,  Asian Pacific American Studies Institute Gallery, New York University, NYC  (as part of an artist residency, 1997-98)

1998

Double Happiness, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY.  Curator: Lydia Yee

1997

The Kitchen,  Collaborative installation with Millie Chen, Art in General, NY

1996

Evidence of Memory: Work by Tomie Arai and Lynne Yamamoto, Collaborative installation, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT.  Curator: Eugenie Tsai.

1996

The Way We Remember: Work by Tomie Arai, District 1199 Gallery, Bread And Roses Cultural Project, NY. 

1995

There to Here: A Collaborative Installation with Lynne Yamamoto, Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.  Curator: Michiko Okaya

1995

Tomie Arai: A Family Album, Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, University of Mass.

1995

Tomie Arai: Stories, InterAmerican Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL

1993

American Heirlooms: Selected Works, York College Gallery, York College, NY

1992

Framing an American Identity, Artists of Conscience Series, Alternative Museum, NY

1992

Shattered Images: Reflections on the Legacy of Pearl Harbor, December 7,1941-December 7, 1991, window installation, Washington Sq. Windows, Grey Art Gallery, NY. Curator: Tom Sokolowski

1992

Tomie Arai, Works on Paper:  Memory and Celebration, Soho 20 Invitational Space, NY

1991

Women's Wheel, window installation, Art in General Gallery, NY.  Curator: Holly Block

1989

Memory-in-Progress: Silkscreen Prints by Tomie Arai, NY Chinatown History Museum, NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the LIfe & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama, co-sponsored by the Asian American Women Artists Association and the API Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2016

CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures, Chinatown Art Brigade. Curator: Adriel Luis, Smithsonian APA Center

Loving Blackness, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA. Curator: Jaishri Abichandani

The House on Mango Street, National Museum of Mexican Art. (traveling) Curator: Cesareo Moreno

2015

Color Polemics, Gateway Project Gallery, Newark, NJ. Curator: Jasmine Wahl

Japanese American Women Printers, The Japanese American Culture & Community Center, Los Angeles, CA

Tricontagon: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Artists Fellowship Program, NY Foundation for the Arts 

2014

Serve the People, Interference Archives, NY.  Curator: Ryan Wong

2013

War is For the Living, Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, Curators: Midori Yamamura, Chuong-Dai Vo

I Want a Wide American Earth, traveling exhibition, Smithsonian Institution

2012

Operating System, Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, NY.Curator: Heng Gil Han

Infinite Mirror, Tulane University, Newcomb Gallery, New Orleans LA

2011

Peacable Kingdom, William Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NY

2010

Urban Archives: Happy Together, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY  Curator: Alexandra Chang

Inscrutable, University of Delaware Crane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010-13

Infinite Mirror, Syracuse University Gallery. A traveling exhibition which will tour to Fort Wayne Museum, Indiana, spring 2012 and Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, March 2013

Hand, Voice & Vision, Grolier Club, NY

2009

Out of the Archive: Process and Progress, Asian American Arts Center, NY. Curator: Angel Shaw

Out of the Incubator: Collaborations from the Women’s Studio Workshop, Islip Art Museum

Racism: an American Family Value, Center for Book Arts, NYC. Curators: Amos Kennedy Jr. and Alexander Campos

Past Present, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Curator: Aileen Bassis 

2008

1968: Then and Now, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Curator: Deborah Willis

Diversity and Dynamism, Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount College, Curator: Millie Burns

Other,Other…Longwood Art Gallery @Hostos, Curator: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Resistance, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University

2007

Treasures from the Library of Congress   Archives, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Featured Artist Project: 2006 Artist Workspace Program, Center for Book Arts. NY

Caras Vemos Corazones no Sabemos: Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown, The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration, Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame (traveling exhibition)

2006

Transplant/Transculture, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, NY  Curator: Jennifer McGregor

Ghosts of Little Boy, Artists for Peace, Nat’l Japanese American Historical Society, SF, Calif.

Bronx Bound, Lehman College Gallery, NY. Curator: Susan Hoetzel

Unstitched, Unbound: Imprints for Change, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Curator: K. Guancione

Chinatown InFlux, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

2005

The City, Contemporary views of the Build Environment, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

Arrival! Intimate Spectacles, Flushing Town  Hall, NYC. Curator: Heng gil Han

City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program, Center for Architecture, NYC

2004

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gendai Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Curators: Aiko Suzuki and Marilyn Jung

Domestic Affairs, Locus Gallery, New York. Curator: Marcia G. Yerman

Mostly Photography: Art Since 1980 from the Collection, Williams College Museum  of Art, Williams, MA.  Curator: Deborah Rothschild

2003

Fresh Talk Revisited: New York Artists from Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes, Asian Pacific American Studies Gallery, NYU, NYC. Curator: Margo Machida

Only Skin Deep Online: website for the exhibition Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, curated by, Coco Fusco and Brian Willis for the International Center of Photography, NYC.  www.icp.org/exhibitions/onlyskindeep/

2002

A Legacy of Printmakers, curated by Self Help Graphics, Pico Rivera Centre  for  the Arts, CA

{Sober Realism}An exhibition of prints from Brandywine Workshop, Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC

2001

Memory, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY.  Curator: Eddie Torres

Fifteen Asian American Artists, Staller Arts Center, Stonybrook University, NY.  Curator: Rhonda Cooper

2000

A Plurality of Truths, Schick Gallery, Skidmore College, New York (catalogue) Essay by Laura Hoptmann

Good Art is the Best Business, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

LAtitudes: A Collaborative Installation,  Self Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999

Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Curator: Marisol Nieves

Les Reves: Tomie Arai, Nashormeh Lindo  Bomani Gallery, 251 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

Familiarity, Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, NY. Curator:  Amir Bey

1998

Album : 30 Years at the Lower East Side Printshop, West Chelsea Arts Building, NYC. Curator:  Nancy Princenthal

1997

Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Avon Collection, International Center of Photography, New York

Transferring Culture, LaMama La Galleria, NY.  Curator:  Sarah Lowe

Inside/Out: Japanese and Japanese American Artist Prints, Brandywine Workshop, PA.

Precious Objects, Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.   Curator: AM Weaver

Bases Loaded: A Tribute to the Negro Baseball Leagues, Augusta Savage Gallery, U of Mass.

The Sense of Touch: Women Printmakers, Ceres Gallery. Curator:  April Vollmer

1996

Is It Art? Transgressions in Contemporary Art, Traveling exhibition, Exhibition Management, Inc. Sept. 1995: Virginia Center for the Arts. 1996:  Albany Institute of History and Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, (TN), The Katonah Museum of Art, (NY). Curator: Linda Weintraub.

Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, NYC, The Drawing Center, NY.  Curator:  Julie Ault

1995

Multiple Affinities: A Convergence of Printmaking and Photographic Practice, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.  Curator:  Adele Henderson

(dis) Oriented: Shifting Identities of Asian Women in America, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, NY.  Curated by Margo Machida

Heads or Tales: An Exploration of Contemporary Self Portraiture, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI . Curated by Maureen Sherlock

Workspace Program: 5 Years, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York

In and Out of Character, The Roger Smith Gallery, New York.  Curated by Jill Brienza.

In Celebration of Harriet Gans: Artists of the MacDowell Colony, Krasdale Foods Gallery, White Plains, New York.  Curated by Susan Hoeltzel, Lehman College Art Gallery.

1994

Fables, Fantasies and Everyday Things: Children's Books by Artists, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, Connecticut. Curators: May Castleberry and Eugenie Tsai

Picturing Asia America: Communities, Culture, Difference, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.  Curator:  Monica Chau

Art For Learning: Public Art in Public Schools, Municipal Art Society, NY.  Curated by: Tom Finkelpearl, NYC Percent for Art Program 

Political Art Documentation & Distribution: The PAD/D Archives, The Museum of Modern Art Library, Curators: Barbara Moore and Mimi Smith.

Four Story Building, Lehman College Art Gallery, NY.  Curator: Skowmon Hastanan (catalogue)

Gathering Medicine, Art in General, NY.  Curated by Coast to Coast

1993

The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, NY

Breda Fotographica '93, International Photofestival, de Beyerd Museum, the Netherlands

Sexuality, Gender and Race: Realities of Asian American Artists, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA.  Curator:  A.M. Weaver

The Curio Shop, Artists Space, NY.  Curated by Skowmon Hastanan for Godzilla. (catalogue)

Contacts/Proofs, Jersey City Museum, NJ.  Curator: Gary Sangster

Engendered Species, The Interarts Center, NY. Curator: Birgit Spears.

1992

Art + Politics: Mixing it Up Again, Center for Constitutional Rights, NY. Curator: Lucy Lippard

Women's Art, Women's Lives, Women's Issues, Tweed Gallery, NY. Curator:  Janet Henry

At the Heart of Change: Women Artists Explore Color and Culture in Contemporary America, Kennesaw State College Art Gallery, Marietta, Georgia.  Curator: Roberta Griffen (catalogue)

Spirit of the Object, Humphrey Gallery, NY.  Curators: Daniel Ferris, China Marks (catalogue)

Fingerprints, The Gallery at Hastings on Hudson, NY.  Curator: Joyce Goldstein

1991

The Decade Show, A collaborative exhibition curated by the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem (catalogue)

Crossing Over/Changing Places:  An Exhibition of Collaborative Print Projects and Paperworks, curated by Jane Farmer for the Print Club.  Traveling internationally under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S.I.A. (catalogue)

Images of Labor:  the 90's, Celebrating 20 Years of Gallery 1199, Bread and Roses Cultural Project, Gallery 1199, NY.  Curator: Moe Foner

SITEseeing:  Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Plaza.  Curators:  Karin Higa, Jonathan Casely, Pamela Lee (catalogue)

International Studio Program Exhibition, P.S. 1 Museum/Institute of Contemporary Art, NY. Curators:  Rebecca Quaytman and Ryszard Wasko. (catalogue)

Prints and Books From the Lower East Side Printshop, Pyramid Atlantic, Baltimore, MD

Prints From the Lower East Side Printshop,  Gallery 1199, NY.

The Abortion Project, Simon Watson Gallery, NY. (Traveling -Real Art Ways Gallery, Conn., Oct 1991, Hallwalls, Buffalo NY, New Langton Art Center, San Francisco, CA, 1992)

The Creative Process, Cityarts, Inc.  (Traveling:  Cork Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Snug Harbor)  Curators:  Tsipi Ben Haim, Charlotta Kolik, William Zimmer

Visions of Life, Islip Art Museum, NY.  Curator:  Marcia Yerman

Center Margins, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA.  Curator:  Jeri Slavin

The War on Women, 10 on 8 Window Installation.  Curator: Antoinette Coniglio

Five Artists from the Decade Show, Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, Ill.  Curator:  Gwenda Jay

1988

Committed to Print: An Exhibition of Recent American Print Art With Social and Political Themes, Museum of Modern Art, NY.  Curator:  Deborah Wye, Department of Prints, MOMA; traveling: Newport Harbor Art Museum , CA, , New York State Museum,NY, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas,(1990); Glenbow Museum, Alberta, Canada; The Peace Museum, Chicago, IL, (1989); (catalogue)