Where Art Originates Series: Mutual Gifts: Saying Yes to Trust
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Palo Alto Art Center & Djerassi Resident Artists Program present

2012 Where Art Originates

Panel Discussion series in conjunction with Community Creates

Join us for a series of lively discussions showcasing artistic inspiration and process. Featuring artists included in Community Creates along with their community collaborators, these talks provide an insider’s perspective into the underlying motivation to create and the materials used in the process.

Mutual Gifts: Saying Yes to Trust
In this behind-the-scenes perspective on the Community Creates exhibition, learn what happens when a museum places trust in artists, and artists in turn place trust in community, in order to create an engaging and community-centered exhibition. What are the opportunities for the community, the museum, and the participating artists, and what are the risks? Explore these compelling ideas with Palo Alto Art Center staff and participation artists and community members.


Artist and educator Kathy Aoki’s artwork frequently addresses gender issues and the role the media plays in the lives of girls. Aoki received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.F.A. in printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions at venues such as the San Jose Museum of Art, Swarm Gallery in Oakland, and the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. She is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University.

Since 2000, Angela Buenning Filo has been creating photographic documentations of the changing Silicon Valley landscape, which have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, and through the public art program at the San Jose International Airport. She has also turned her camera on Bangalore, India, focused on the way the global technology boom has transformed the landscape there. She received her B.A. in human biology from Stanford University and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley-based Lava Thomas works in a variety of diverse media to explore the body and its connection to identity, cellular memory, and pathology. She received her B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts and studied at the University of California Los Angeles School of Art and Practice. Her work has been exhibited at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, the Riverside Art Museum, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

Admission: Free