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APAture: A Window into the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists
October 4 - 26, 2013 | Multiple Venues, San Francisco & Oakland | Get Tickets


APAture returns to the Bay Area to present the brightest emerging Asian Pacific American talent in a month-long multidisciplinary arts festival.




Friday, October 4, 6 - 9PM: Film Night @ The New ParkwayFacebook Page | Join us for an evening of live and animated film shorts by a new breed of independent filmmakers. Screenings will be followed by audience Q+A. Featuring Jennifer Phang.

Co-presented by Center for Asian American Media and The New Parkway


Saturday, October 5, 7PM - 12AM: *FREE* Opening Party & Gallery Reception @ Arc Studios & Gallery | Facebook Page |Our official opening party and artists reception will be chock-full of stunning art, delicious food, live performances, and special surprises. Featuring Michael Namkung.

Co-presented by Arc Studios & Gallery

Saturday, October 12, 12 - 3PM: *FREE* Artists Talk @ Arc Studios & Gallery | Spend an afternoon in intimate conversation with our gallery artists about the inspiration and processes behind their work.


Friday, October 18, 7 - 10PM: Literary Night (21+) @ 50 Mason Social House |  Facebook Page | Hear from some of the most promising local writers reading from a range of literary genres. Enjoy a pint while playing a game of pub-style trivia. Featuring Jai Arun Ravine.

Co-presented by 50 Mason Social House

Saturday, October 19, 11AM  - 5PM: Comix & Zines Expo @ Cartoon Art Museum Facebook Page | Get into the DIY spirit at our one-day fair featuring a full lineup of artist tables, crafts, workshops, screenings, and a ton of interactive fun. Featuring Eddie Ahn.

Co-presented by Cartoon Art Museum


Sunday, October 20,  3 - 6PM: Performance Night @ Bindlestiff Studio | Facebook Page  | From modern dance to sketch comedy to theater and more, explore the gamut of performance art. Featuring Queer Rebels.

Co-presented by Bindlestiff Studio and Rama

Friday, October 25, 8PM - 1AM: Music Night @ SUB-Mission Gallery | Facebook Page | Hip Hop, Operatic Pop, Indie Rock, Noise, Metal, and Jazz come together on stage for one night only. Featuring Karl Evangelista.

Co-presented by SUB-Mission Gallery

Saturday, October 26, 6 - 9PM: *FREE* Closing Party @ SomaR Bar (21+) | Cap off a month of art and community with friends old and new. 


Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Thursdays 12 - 6PM & Saturdays 12 - 3PM from October 5 - 19


*Events are all ages unless otherwise specified 












Opening Party, Gallery Exhibit, Artists Talk, Closing Party


Film Night, Literary Night, Performance Night, Music Night

$8 early bird (ends 5 days before the event)

$10 regular


Comix & Zines Expo

$5 presale (ends 1 hour before the event)

$7 at the door


All-Access Festival Pass

$35 presale

$40 at the door


VIP Gallery Tour, Special Performance by Michael Namkung

By invitation only


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Melanie Elvena

APAture Coordinator





Thank you to our generous Indiegogo campaign donors! <3


Andrew Amorao

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TJ Basa

Margaret Breed

Jaena Rae Cabrera

Leanne & John Chabalko

Alison Dozono-Chambers

Frank Chan

Michelle Chan

Sam Chanse

Amar Chaudary

Ann Chee

Emily Chen

Jean Chen

Shirley Mae Choe

Eugene Chu

Jennifer Chu

Derek Chung

Herna & Scott Cruz-Louie

Yilun Ding

Christina Douk

Daniel Elvena

Rose Elvena

Rupert Estanislao

Rose Friedland

Daria Garina

Jesse Gonzales

Theo Gonzalves & Charita Castro

Emily Hai

Sarah Heady

Bob Hsiang

Ken Hu

Dino Ignacio

Ryo Kawaoka

Charlene Khoo

Annie Koh

Michael Kwan

David Lai

Daniel Lau

Mido Lee

Lisa Leong

Lisa Littman

William Lynch

Andrea Markowitz

Elaine Mihailoff

Surrina Ning

Debbie Ng

Perry Ng

Katie O'Connell

Ellen Oh

Conrad Panganiban

Melanie Reitzel

Robynn Takayama

Sheri Tang

Diana Teng

Adrienne Uy

Alex Wang

Melissa West

Jenifer Wofford

Jane Wong

Kevin Wong

Wilsong Wong

Alan Wu

Bonnie Wu

Dan Zhou

Meet the General Planning Committee

The General Planning Committee is an all-volunteer, peer-based committee that is responsible for planning, coordinating, and curating APAture. This year's crop is composed of artists, students, community workers, aspiring curators, and young professionals who work in close collaboration with the KSW staff.


2013 Planning Committee: TJ Basa, Michelle Chan, Michele Chee, Jennifer Chu, Melanie Elvena, Rupert Estanislao, Susan Kanga, Rose Khor, Dan Lau, Mido Lee, Oliver Mok, Tammy Nguyen, Jon Orque, Laura Paule, Lauren Quock, Tiffany Refuerzo, Andrew Rogge, Alex Wang

What's up with the sunflower seeds?

Tammy Nguyen is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the University of California, Berkeley. In coming up with the original concept, the 22-year-old Vietnamese American wanted to reference an existing work of art. She says: "I based it on Ai Wei Wei's sunflower seeds, in which he made ten tons of porcelain sunflower seeds by hand. It made me think about how each seed is unique, but when you see them together, it creates this huge mass. I thought about how each artist in the festival will have his or her own unique practice within the scope of this broader event."

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