In Focus: Asia Tail

Art History Lectures

Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Pre-registration for this series has ended. Please see Single Ticket policy below for remaining lectures.

Asia Tail will present on recent projects, and her plans for the future, as she continues to explore the intersections of community organizing and personal practice as a mixed Urban Indigenous artist.


Asia Tail is an artist, curator, and arts administrator based in Tacoma, Washington. Asia attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her studio practice focuses on oil painting, but also includes collage, beadwork, and other media. Asia’s work has recently been featured in the exhibition NW Art Now @ TAM (formerly the Northwest Biennial), Quota at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Moon Moan at 950 Gallery in Tacoma, and Women’s Work at the NARS Foundation in New York.

As an extension of her art making, Asia also curates special projects and art exhibitions, with an emphasis on Indigenous artists. In 2015, she created the Contemporary Native Voices project for Tacoma Art Museum, interviewing over 20 individuals on Native American representation in art. The project integrated Native voices into the museum’s galleries through wall text, interactive activities, and commissioned performances. In 2016, she independently curated the exhibition Protect the Sacred at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma, which showcased work from 26 Native American artists and raised funds to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction in North Dakota. Her current project, yəhaw, co-curated with Tracy Rector and Satpreet Kahlon, opened in March 2019 at King Street Station in Seattle featuring work from over 200 Indigenous creatives.

Generous support for the program In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators is provided by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Asia Tail, Wampum Set, glass beads, 2018. Image courtesy of artist.


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