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 Circus  Series- Cloud Walkers -Tied to Intuition - 24 x 18  acrylic on canvas 2014  Cynthia Tom

Circus  Series- Cloud Walkers -Tied to Intuition © 2014 Cynthia Tom, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 18"  

Stories To Tell: Feminine Intuition and Other Musings

Paintng, mixed media collage, art installation by Cynthia Tom

May 5–June 3, 2017
Reception: May 12 • 5–8pm

Richly colored paintings and mixed media art works, Cynthia Tom’s cultural surrealism is informed by her familial and feminine life experiences. She weaves together themes of social justice, feminism and outlandish haute couture clothing to tell insightful stories. Seen through the lens of her spirituality and whimsy she helps us to play with our concepts of reality. The use of intense color and bold female imagery dictated by surreal perspectives are her trademarks. 

Art Statement

Richly colored paintings and mixed media art works, Cynthia Tom’s cultural surrealism is informed by her familial and feminine life experiences.  She weaves together themes of social justice, feminism and outlandish haute couture clothing. Seen through the lens of her spirituality and whimsy she helps us to play with our concepts of reality. Her art is her source of empowerment and a way to encourage dialogue within individuals and community.

At heart a Found Object artist, she expresses herself through paintings, mixed media assemblage and art installations. Using acrylic paint, wood, fabric, paper and any manner of found objects, each art work starts with a simple idea, image or phrase. Relying heavily on her intuition her work develops like the unfolding of a story. The use of intense color and bold female imagery dictated by surreal perspectives are her trademarks.

Arresting her analytical mind, she finds the narratives in her finished work, often, predict her (not too distant) future and of the social temperature of the times and communities she cares about.


A San Francisco to San Rafael transplant and 3rd generation Chinese American, my work is often referred to as a Social or Cultural Surrealist, Visual Artist, Community Curator and board president of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA).

My art process and pro bono curatorial work with AAWAA has cemented a passion for holding artistic space for women to heal and transform. This has manifested in a long term project, “A PLACE OF HER OWN,” (a culturally informed arts based healing and transformation project).

I lecture on issues and create programs related to women of color, feminism and Asian American women in the arts. Some notable awards are ABC/KGO Profiles in Excellence Leadership, SOMArts Curatorial Fellow 2015. My work has been shown at the Legion of Honor, the de Young Museum, SOMArts Cultural Center, Los Gatos Museum of Art, California Institute of Integral Studies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes.

Most recently, I’ve been invited to digitally archive my work at the Ca Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, UC Santa Barbara and my work has been included in 2 textbooks Women Artists’ of the American West, Univ of Purdue, Susan Ressler and Asian American Art in Post-Colonial Times – University of Padua, by Dr. Laura Fantone, Professor SF Art Institute.

My work has been featured in the New York Time’s SF Arts Monthly, SF Chronicle, Psychology Today, the Marin Independent Journal, and on KPFA, NPR and KPOO radio. 


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Seed Shadow

William Ericson

June 9-July 8, 2017
Reception: June 9 • 5–8pm

The work is a series of reflections on California's ecology and how it inflected the cultures that existed here before European occupation. Paying homage to the marriage between humans and landscape.

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Lara Myers

July 14–August 5, 2017
Reception: July 14 • 5–8pm


To Be Announced

August 11-September 9, 2017
Receptions: August 11 + September 8 • 5–8pm



Twisted Circus flux

September 12—October 7, 2017
Event Date: September 16, 7:30pm–11pm

The gallery will be in a state of change during this period as we set-up and clean-up from the annual AWD fundraising event Twisted Circus. Tickets will be available soon.


To Be Announced

October 13-November 7, 2017
Reception:October 13 • 5–8pm


To Be Announced

November 10-December 5, 2017
Reception: November 10 • 5–8pm


AWD Members Exhibition

December 8, 2017-January 9, 2018
Reception: December 8 • 5–8pm

The Members’ Exhibition will showcase the many talented artists who are members of the Art Works Downtown community. Artworks created by Studio Artists and artists from outside the AWD building will be available for the holiday gift buying season in a salon style exhibition format. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for your next masterpiece.

This space is available monthly to artists for solo shows orsmall group shows. How to apply


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