Betty Nobue Kano 嘉野伸枝ベッチ, MFA

KANO Betty (2012)

Lecturer, Asian American Studies Department
Office: EP 108
Phone: 415-338-6591

1999   Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies


MFA   University of California at Berkeley, Fine Arts
MA     University of California at Berkeley, Fine Arts
BA      San Francisco State College (University), Fine Arts-Painting

Research Interests

Asian American and Japanese American visual art, indigeneity, religion and culture, suburban sustainability, painting practice

Courses Taught

332 Japanese American Art and Literature

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

Community Leadership Award, National Japanese American Historical Society
California State Senate Certificate of Recognition, Founding Member of Asian American Women Artists Association
Sisters of Fire Award, Women of Color Resource Center
Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, Asian American Center, Queens College, New York
1981, 1982
Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Finalist
Exhibition Award, San Francisco Arts Festival

Community Involvement

Japanese American National Library, Advisory Board
Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley, Board of Directors
Medicine Warriors/All Nations Singers, Oakland Intertribal Friendship House, Powwow Committee
Sakura Kai Senior Center, Volunteer Japanese Language Teacher
Sansei Legacy Project

Selected Publications

“Cultural Collisions for a New Public Space - Theaster Gates.” International Review of African American Art 23.2 (2010): 14 -17.

“Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience.” Catalog essay.
2007    “(S)kinship.” International Review of African American Art: Asian Persuasion, African American Artists Look East 21.3 (2007): 20-26.

"Four Northern California Artists: Hisako Hibi, Norine Nishimura, Yong Soon Min and Miran Ahn." Feminist Studies 19.3 (Fall 1993): 628-642.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Speak Your Peace. SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco.


Agents of Change: Artists as Activists.Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Sonoma, CA.

The Future Is Now: Asian America on Its Own Terms. 15th Annual Asian American Festival. SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco.

SheRose of Our Time: A Tribute to the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland. Awardee.

Betty Nobue Kano. Solo exhibit. Sushi Aka Tombo, San Francisco.

An Idea Called Tomorrow. California African American Museum, Los Angeles.

Ashe! Avenue 50 Studios, Los Angeles.

Betty Nobue Kano: Peace Paintings. Solo exhibit.Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
3 2 C now. San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, CA.
10 Billboards. 10 Artists. 10 Countries. Imagine Peace. A project from Seeing Peace: Artists Collaborate with the United Nations by Richard Kamler, San Francisco.

Corazon en Fiesta. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco.

Bay Area Abstraction: A Current View. Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
Cheers & Incantations. Encantada Gallery for Fine Art, San Francisco.
Hope & Healing in Times of War. SomArts Galleries, San Francisco.

Full Circle: Betty Nobue Kano and Nancy Hom. APICC Festival, SomArts Main Gallery, San Francisco.
Ghosts of Little Boy: Artists for Peace, Part 1. NJAHS Peace Gallery, National Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco.

Issho/Together: Japanese American/Japanese National Artists in America, 1941 - present. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco.
(S)kinship: African American and Asian American Connections. SomArts Gallery, San Francisco.

Asian American Women Artists Association. SomArts, San Francisco.
25 Years of Heart and Struggle. With Live Painting Performance.  Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco.
War & Silence. Kearny Street Workshop, SomArts Main Gallery, San Francisco.

Artship Windows. Jack London Square, Oakland.
Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.

Artship Windows. 15th St. and Broadway, Oakland.

Local Color: Selections from the di Rosa Collection. Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA.

Godzilla West Presents. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland.

In the Wind: Betty Kano and Tomoko Murakami. Asia Resource Gallery, Oakland.

Estardantes, Tijuana Cultural Center, Marta Palau, curator, Tijuana, Mexico.
Impressions: Contemporary Asian Artist Prints. Catalog. Brandywine Workshop, Center for the Visual Arts, Philadelphia.

Betty Kano: Transformations. Solo exhibition. Visual Arts Gallery, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL.
Faces of Home. Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.

Betty Nobue Kano. Solo exhibition. Plaza Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco.
Odun de Odun de. Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.
Painting: Asian American Perspectives. Catalog. Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.

All The Earth Is Red in Cuba. Solo exhibition. Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz.
The Art We Love to Hate. Jennifer Heath, curator, Chicano Humanities & Art Council, Denver, and Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, other touring. Catalog. Pomegranate Artbooks.
New World Order III, The Curio Shop. Godzilla, Artists Space, New York.
Time Echoes. Brochure. Asian American Women Artists. C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California at Davis.

Betty Kano/Brian Tripp. Catalog. Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley.
Hopi Prophecy. Installation. “Resistance 500.” Addison Street Windows, Berkeley.
Visiting Artists Program: 20th Anniversary Show. CU Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
A Voice of Peace and Reason. Catalog. Browsing Formal Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Echoes through Time. Catalog. EPCOT Center, Orlando, FL.

Fourth Havana Biennial. Catalog. Museo de Belles Artes, Havana, Cuba.
Rooms for the Dead. "Executive Order." Collaborative installation. Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco.
Salad Bar Presents: History, Truth or Consequences. Catalog. San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco and Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.

Betty Kano, Ake Grudtz, Leon Dockery. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco.
Flags. Catalog. Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco.

Art against Apartheid 1989 Exhibition. Westbeth Gallery, New York.
Painting Forum. Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA.

Peter Selz Selects. Catalog. Peter Selz, curator. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley.

Betty Kano and Enrique Chagoya - Social Narratives: An Exploration in Content. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley.
Emerging Asian American Artists. Inaugural exhibit. George Rivera, curator. Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
New Abstraction in the West. Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

Betty Kano. Solo Exhibition.Artists Embassy International Gallery, San Francisco.
Saludo al Pueblo de Nicaragua. Casa Gallery, San Francisco and State Museum, Managua, Nicaragua.

Chain Reaction. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco.
Traditions Transformed. Catalog. Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland and Doizaki Gallery, Japanese American Community Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Betty Kano. Solo exhibition.UPB Gallery, Berkeley.
Japan Ima Festival. Rolando Castellon, curator. Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.
May I Have Your Attention, Please? Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA.

Betty Kano and Al Rice. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley.
Betty Kano and Clay Jensen. Bruce Velick Gallery, San Francisco.
Elegant Miniatures from San Francisco and Kyoto. Tom Marioni, curator. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and Belco House, Kyoto, Japan.

Betty Kano. Solo exhibition. Ron Salgado/Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles.
Betty Kano/Jerry Concha. TransAmerica Pyramid Gallery, San Francisco.
2-Person exhibit, Gump's Gallery, San Francisco.

Beyond Words. Award, Josine Ianco-Starrels, juror. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Jose, CA.

Betty Kano/Cornelia Schultz. Falkirk Community Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA.

American Artists. Fukuoka Municipal Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan.
Betty Kano. Solo Exhibition.Allrich Gallery, San Francisco.
Painting Annual. Award. Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.

Expo California, Sacramento, CA.
3-Person Exhibit. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco.

Aesthetics of Graffiti. Catalog. Rolando Castellon, curator. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
Betty Kano. SF Arts Festival Solo Exhibition Award. Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.
MFA Candidates. University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley.

Crocker-Kingsley Annual. E.B. Crocker Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Six East Bay Painters. George Neubert, curator. Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland.

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