Amy Lee Sanford 2024 Arinaga Visiting Artist


Amy Lee Sanford Visiting Artist
2024 Arinaga Visiting Artist

February 7 – February 16, 2024

THE COMMONS GALLERY, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The Commons Gallery, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is pleased to present Amy Lee Sanford is a Cambodian-American sculptor. Her work explores the intersection of trauma and healing. Working mainly in installation and performance, she reflects on the shattering and rebuilding of Cambodian lives, both at home and in the diaspora, in the wake of decades of war, violence, and genocide. The work is about the shared human experience of loss, trauma, and memory, and focuses on the act of rebuilding, both literally and figuratively, after change, loss, or destruction.

Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and raised in the United States, the artist holds a degree from Brown University in the Visual Arts, with concentrated study in biology and engineering. She furthered her art studies with individual courses at The Rhode Island School of Design, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth and Harvard University. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions across Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe.

Amy Sanfordʻs residence at UH is generously funded by the Clifford Iwao Arinaga Memorial Fund for Visiting Artists, with further support from the University of Hawaiʻi Art Gallery and Department of Art and Art History.

Reception: Sunday, February 11, 2:00–4:00 PM
(Following 1:00PM  Performance)

Artistʻs lecture
Thursday, February 8, 2024, 5:00–6:00 PM
Location: Art Building, Room #101, UH Mānoa

Break Pot Performances, Commons Gallery, Art Building:

Sunday, February 11, 1:00 PM
Monday, February 12, 9:00 AM
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 PM


THE COMMONS GALLERY is located on the ground floor of The Art Building. From Dole Street, take East-West Road, turn left to Correa Road, and then turn right for the Art Building.


This exhibition is made possible by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts, Languages & Letters; supported by the Halekulani Hotel– Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts; and anonymous donors. Special thanks to The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.


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