Jewel Castro, de Young Artist-in-Residence: Walking with Ancestors

SAN FRANCISCO (July 3, 2014)—The de Young Museum will host Oceanic painter, sculptor, and installation artist, Jewel Castro, from July 3 through July 28, 2013, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. With an artistic practice focused on Samoan history, art forms, and her relationships with her ancestors, Castro will transform the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young into an intimate space for visitors to collaborate and share their own family histories.

Inspired by the art, architecture, sounds, people, food, colors, and textures of her Samoan grandparents’ home and church growing up, Castro states, “my art is about an Oceanic way of being, that is to say the collective experience which is both visible and invisible…an organic process of engaging history in the present.”

Born in Chicago and raised in San Diego, Castro received a BA in art from San Diego State University and an MFA in visual arts from the University of California at San Diego. She teaches studio art courses at the University of Washington at Tacoma and is also a mentor and speaker for the National Pacific Islander Educator’s Network (NPIEN).

Patrons are invited to visit Jewel Castro in the Kimball Education Gallery Wednesdays through Sundays from 1‒5 pm and Fridays 1‒5 pm and 6‒8:30 pm.

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Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

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About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young is housed in a copper-clad landmark building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; a diverse collection of costumes and textiles; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor’s Beaux-Arts style building designed by George Applegarth is located on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections span 4,000 years and include European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.