Teaching Artists Make it Happen!

Teaching Artists Make it Happen: Meet Kristine Aono Aono_Kristine

Possibly the most important part of AOB programs—aside from the apprentices—are our Teaching Artists. These gifted professionals, leaders on the local and national art scene, teach by precept and example. They share their unique perspectives and artistic voices both inside and outside the AOB studio.

Case in point: Kristine Aono, Lead Teaching Artist for Pour Your ART Out Montgomery County (PYAO-MC). She is a dynamic sculptor and painter whose large-scale works are informed by in-depth research into issues of race and ethnicity (particularly her identity as a third- generation Japanese-American).

Her latest art installation is The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest…, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL). This work is roughly 50 feet long and 12 feet high and composed of a wall stippled with a grid of holes for 120,313 rusted nails. Each nail represents a Japanese-American who was incarcerated in one of the ten US Internment camps during WWII. Visitors can choose to stick nails into open holes in the wall in memory of those who were persecuted. Her installation also includes testimonies from people who were interned. Learn more about the exhibition here.


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