Shari Arai DeBoer


Artists' Eyes, Art of Incarceration
Two exhibitions, presented by the National Japanese American Historical Society commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066. During World War II, Executive Order 9066 led to the registration, exlusion, forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. The exhibitions feature artwork by those incarcerated, their descendants, and multicultural artists whose histories are intertwined. I am honored to have my work included in this exhibition.

Artists Talk, "Post-war Reckoning", Sat, Feb, 2018, 2pm-4pm, FREE ADMISSION
MIS Historic Learning Center, Presidio of San Franicsco
The talk presents and initimate look at the memories and art of Hideo Kobashigawa and Shari Arai DeBoer.
I will speak about my family's experience and the impact of exclusion and mass incarceration on their lives and my artwork. Historian Ben Kobashigawa will talk about the life and artwork of his uncle, artist Hideo Kobashigawa (1917-2001), a super interesting story.

* Please note that the Artist Talk location is changed from the Peace Gallery in Japantown to the MIS Historic Learning Center n the Presidio.

Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Historic Learning Center Gallery
640 Old Mason St., accross from Crissy Field
Presidio of San Francisco

Exhibition Dates: Nov 11, 2017 - May 20, 2018
Hours: Sat & Sun 12 - 5pm, W-F by appointment
$10 general admission (Admission is free during public events)

The MIS exhibition features the work of 10 aritsts, five who were themselves incarcerated and five contemporary artists who are descendants of incarcerees.
Artists: Ruth Asawa, Ellen Bepp, Shari Arai DeBoer, Reiko Fujii, Taneyuki Dan Harada, Hideo Kobashigawa, Mine Okubo, Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Roger Shimomura, Tina Takemoto

At the other Gallery:
Peace Gallery, Japanese American Historical Society 
640 Post Street, San Francisco (Japantown)
Exhibition Dates: Dec 2, 2017 - Apr 22, 2018
Hours: M-F 12noon - 5pm, 1st Sat of each month 12- 5pm
Free admission 

Artists: Ellen Bepp, Shari Arai DeBoer, Hideo Kobashigawa, Malik Seneferu

Selected works on view at:

Valley Art Gallery
1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

Selected Past Exhibitions

"Mapping as Source: the Personal Cartography of Maps," Arts Benicia, 2017, curated by Katherine Harmon. 

"Impressions: The Art of Printmaking," Shari Arai DeBoer, Gail Morrison & Pete Villasenor, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, 2017. 

"Beneath the Surface," California Society of Printmakers, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA 2017. 
"Liquid Stories," Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, 2016, curated by Pallavi Sharma.

"California Society of Printmakers Pop-up Exhibition," Isabelle Percy West Gallery, CA College of the Arts, Oakland, 2016, juried by Karen Kunc.

"Printmaking Explored," 5 Artists using various techniques, San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, CA, 2016, curated by Anne Austin.

"Pressed, A Printmaking Exhibition" Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2105, juried by
Andrea Voinot, Kala Art Institute.

"Under Pressure: Printmaking in Modern Times," Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 2015, curated by C.K. Itamura and Sue Labouvie.

"Printing the Bay Area," Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, 2014, juried by Tom Killion.

"California Etchers Currents," Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, 2014, curated by Toru Sugita.

"underCurrents & the Quest for Space,” SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, 2013, curated by Linda Inson Choy.

"Bay Area Women Artists," O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 2012, juried by Donna Seager, Seager Gray Gallery.

"Prints Galore," Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2012, juried by  Robin McCloskey and Jane Gregorious

“sheRose of our Time,” Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2012, curated by Eric Murphy.

“H20: Fragility and Strength,” Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, 2012, juried by Don Stoker, Don Stoker Contemporary Art.

“INdiVISIBLE, the Art and Activism of Cynthia Tom, Shari Arai DeBoer and Nancy Hom,” University of California Santa Barbara, MultiCultural Center, 2011.

“A Place of Her Own,” SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francsico, 2011. 

"Natural Connections," Shari Arai DeBoer, Celia Wedding & Karin Werner, San Pablo Art Gallery, San Pablo, California, 2009.

“A Place of Your Own,” Artists-in-Residence, Asian American Women Artists Association, Kimball Education Gallery, de Young Museum, San Francisco, January, 2009.

“Local Voice 2008,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, juried by Phil Linhares, Chief Curator, Oakland Museum of California.

“Cheers to Muses, Contemporary Works by Asian American Women Artists,” Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 2007, curated by Cynthia Tom.

“Pacific Prints 2006, Thirteenth Biennial Juried Original Print Competition and Exhibition,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2006, juried by Joe Zirker.

"Impressions 2006, Juried Print Exhibit," Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, 2006, juried by Karin Breuer, Curator of Contemporary Graphic Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

"Moments of Pause," a solo exhibition of watercolors and etchings, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Signature Salon, 2005.

“Impressions: Matrix and Image,” Alameda Art Center, 2005, juried by Benny Alba and Archana Horsting.

“20th Annual Juried Show,” Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA, 2005, juried by Phillip Linhares, Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California.

“California Printmakers,” Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2004, juried by Simon Blattner.

“Pacific Prints 2004, Twelfth Biennial Juried Original Print Competition and Exhibition,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2004, juried by Paula Kirkeby.

 “2004 Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition,” University of Hawai’i at Hilo, juror: Eileen Foti, Master Printer, Center for Innovative Printmaking, Rutgers University, 2004.

 “In Print,” Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA, 2003, juried by Bob Freimark.

“Nature: A Mood, A Space, A Companion,” Creative Arts Center Gallery, Sunnyvale, CA, 2003, a three artist exhibition curated by Jan Rindfleisch, director Euphrat Museum.

“Pacific Prints 2002, Eleventh Biennial Juried Print Competition,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2002, juried by Carolyn Peter.

“Slowly Enter,” San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco, 2002, an exhibition by the Asian American Women Artists Association, curated by Rachel Osajima.

 “January Juried Show,” Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA, 2001, juried by Karen Tsujimoto, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum.

“7 Voices,” San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery, San Francisco, 2000, an exhibition by the Asian American Women Artists Association.

“2nd Biennial Watercolor Competition & Exhibit,” Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA, 1994.

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