Weston Teruya in the studio


February 25 – March 22, 2019
Commons Gallery

Exhibition Summary

Weston Teruya will be producing a new paper sculptural installation that examines the social dynamics, textures, and histories of specific sites and communities in Hawai‘i using found paper and objects while in residence. Found material serves to evoke memory via spaces, haunting and persistent. Teruya appreciates the moment of slippage that occurs when a viewer realizes that a sculpture is not as solid as they first presumed and then begins to question the solidity and construction of the rest of their surroundings.

Events + Programs TBA

Weston Teruya installation

Artist Bio

Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in Oakland, California. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. Teruya has also exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Palo Alto Art Center. Weston has received grants from Artadia, the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artists program, and the Creative Work Fund. He has been an artist-in-residence with the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center, Art+Practice+Ideas at Mills College, Recology San Francisco, Sedona Summer Colony, and Ox-Bow. In 2017 he will be a Fellowship Awardee resident with Kala Art Institute and a deYoung Museum Artists Studio resident. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He has a BA in Studio art and minor in Asian American Studies from Pomona College.

Alongside his studio practice, Weston served as an appointed member of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission where he chaired the grants committee and served on the policy committee. He also worked for the Community Investments program (formerly Cultural Equity Grants) of the San Francisco Arts Commission for eight years. He has been a grant panelist and juror for institutions including the Center for Cultural Innovation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure, and California College of the Arts.

Teruya is one of the three founding members of Related Tactics, a collective of artists, writers, curators, and educators of color creating projects and opportunities at the intersection of race and culture. And through a partnership with the online arts criticism platform Daily Serving-Art Practical, he recently launched (un)making, a podcast in discussion with artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to discuss their lives, practices, and careers.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Gallery hours + admission:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

Information may be subject to change.