Dani Kwan is a multidisciplinary artist and designer who addresses gendered and racialized bodies as objects, subjects, canvases, and mannequins to investigate the psychology and sociology of identity politics and what it means to exist in American culture.

You can keep up with what they're doing on Instagram @danikwan

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EDUCATION

In-Progress

Masters in Fine Arts, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

2013

Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Studio art major, emphasis in graphic design with a certificate in digital media, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2012

Paris-American Academy (Study Abroad Program), Paris, France

2008

Otis College of Art and Design (Summer of Art Program), Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

(Upcoming)

2022

Group Exhibitions

The Magical Mystery Tour Returns, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA    

2021

Solo Exhibitions

Liminal: Pop-up Exhibit, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Group Exhibitions

In collaboration with Earth, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

MFA Open Studios, Harder Studios, Santa Barbara, CA

The Seventh Schism: Lucid Ooey Gooey, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Online

INTO THE VOID, Glass Box Gallery, Online

Transmissions from Planet Pandemic II, UCSB, Online

GLAMFA/CAMFA 2021, CSULB Galleries, Long Beach, CA

Publications

Unity in Diversity Zine, Fangrl Press, Ventura, CA

 

2020

Group Exhibitions

MFA First Year Show, UC Santa Barbara, CA, Online

Let Your Unruly Sideshow: The Custom Splotch Exhibition, Thousand Oaks, CA

 

2019

Solo Exhibitions

Inconclusive: Exploring Identity and Vulnerability, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA

Group Exhibitions 

R/Evolutionary Screen Print Show, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

Pint-Sized Show, Ventura Coast Brew Co., Ventura, CA

 

2018

Group Exhibitions

CSU Channel Islands Alumni Show, Napa Gallery, Camarillo, CA

Fridge-Worthy, WAV Gallery, Ventura, CA

Deck The Halls, Madewest Brewery, Ventura, CA

 

2017

Group Exhibition

The Ol' Switcharoo, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

 

2016

Solo Exhibition

The Birds!, Toki Ramen, Ventura, CA

GRANTS AND HONORS

2021

Ron Newby Scholarship, Humanities and Fine Arts, UCSB

Departmental Grant, Art Department, UCSB

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Nomination, UCSB

GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination, UCSB

2020

Multicampus Placemaking Initiative Award, University of California

Departmental Grant, Art Department, UCSB

Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Ball, Second Place, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

2016

ASI Legacy Awards Maximus Award Nomination, CSUCI

2013

Class of 2013 Art Program Honors Award, CSUCI

PUBLICATIONS

2021

Presentation, Teaching Sensitive Topics, Campus-wide TA Orientation, UC Santa Barbara

Presentation in collaboration with Kate Saubestre, So you want to be a TA?, Art Department TA Orientation, UC Santa Barbara

Interview, Art Has Risen, AD&A Museum, Online, https://adamuseum.wordpress.com/
Interview, MFA Chronicles Podcast, https://anchor.fm/mfachroniclespodcast/

2019

Invited Talk, Career Connections Mentorship Event, CSU Channel Islands

Invited Talk, ‘RADuation’ Art Program Graduation Ceremony, CSU Channel Islands

2018

Interview, The CI View Newspaper, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2017

Presentation, Marketing 101, ASI Marketing Strategies Summit, CSU Channel Islands

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2/2018–7/2020

Marketing Graphic Designer, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

4/2015–2/2018

Graphic Designer for Student Affairs, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

9/2014– 4/2015

In-House Graphic Designer, PlanetArt Marketing Department of Avanquest, USA, Calabasas, CA

1/2014– 4/2014

In-House Graphic and Web Designer, BraveHeart Women, LLC, Ventura, CA

6/2013– 2/2014

Freelance Graphic Designer, Sunsets, Inc., Harbor City, CA

COMMISSIONED WORK

2019

Public Commission

Marketing materials for art exhibit, Below the Surface: An Exploration of Process, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

Private Commissions

Children’s book illustrations, Brigette Najarian, Los Angeles, CA

Marketing materials for Honey Bee Wellness, Thousand Oaks, CA

Logo design for Warrior Ideal, Scot King, Thousand Oaks, CA

Doll design for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

Logo design for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

2018

Private Commissions

Illustrated short story, Jenna Cormier, Los Angeles, CA

Portrait illustrations, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

Marketing materials for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA

Screen-printed shirts for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA

Illustrated wedding invitations, Melissa Emmons, Thousand Oaks, CA

Illustration work for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

2017

Private Commissions

Motion graphics video for InQ, a spoken word poet (in collaboration with Eamon Stewart), Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA

Digital artwork for screen-printed shirts, Motoko Kitazumi, Oxnard, CA

Web design and photography for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA

2016

Public Commission

Costume design for theater production: Motown, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

CD packaging for the World Jazz Project, Paul Murphy, Camarillo, CA

Private Commissions

Digital paintings printed on paper, Britney Summerville, Camarillo, CA

Logo design, Running Pig Furnishings, Ventura, CA

2015

Private Commission

Exhibit poster design printed on paper, Aldo Figueroa, Inglewood, CA

2014

Public Commission

Poster design for theater production: Damn Yankees, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2013

Public Commissions

Poster design for theater production: The CI Follies, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

Costume design for theater production: The CI Follies, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA