Current Exhibition at the Tenderloin Museum

TL Dreams: Rea Lynn de Guzman
January 12 - February 23, 2017
Artist talk: February 23, 2017,  6:30 pm doors, 7 pm program

Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. At the age of fourteen, she emigrated from the Philippines to the United States with her single mother, settling eventually in San Francisco. She lived in the Tenderloin—at Turk and Taylor Streets—where she spent most of her formative years (circa 2000-2005).

TL Dreams echoes the idea of the “American dream,” inspired by memories shared within the artist' ellow Filipino/a immigrant friends who lived in the neighborhood. It explores the difficult, yet exciting and hopeful journey of finding oneself entangled in a web of changes, cultural confusions, and obstacles while coming of age. It is a recollection of playful and painful memories, transformed into new potential art pieces. This show serves as an homage to the artist's old friends and neighborhood, a not-so-distant place that holds a unique place in her heart.

Rea Lynn de Guzman completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Chicago, and even internationally at the Nandalal Gallery in Kolkata, India. A current Root Division Studio Artist, de Guzman teaches in the Youth Education Program at Bessie Carmichael Elementary on Seventh St., and is an active instructor in our Adult Education Program, teaching Mixed Media and Stencil Screen Printing, Check out these upcoming classes, and many others at rootdivision.org.

ABOUT ROOT DIVISION

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. Root Division's mission is to empower artists, foster community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. The organization is a launching pad for artists, a stepping-stone for educators and students, and a bridge for the general public to become involved in the arts.

Root Division is supported in part by a plethora of individual donors and by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, San Francisco Arts Commission: Community Investments, Grants for the Arts, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Drusie Davis Family Fund, Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, Bothin Foundation, Wattis Foundation, Bialkin Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Salomon Family Foundation, Morton Foundation, Garver Family Foundation, A Better Place Foundation, the Young Family Trust, and Art4Moore.

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