Market Street posters are up!

For immediate release
Contact: Judy Moran at 415.252.2586 or judy.moran at sfgov.org

Market Street Poster Exhibition of Flor de Manila y San Francisco, a graphic novel by artist Jenifer K Wofford about the life of Flor Villanueva, a Filipina nurse who has emigrated from Manila in 1973, on Market Street.

Exhibition dates: Monday, September 22 through Friday, December 19, 2008.

Exhibition Location: In the pedestrian side of the triangular kiosks on both sides of Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero.
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Artist Jenifer K Wofford creates the story of Flor Villanueva, a nurse who has emigrated from Manila to San Francisco, as she adjusts to life in the Bay Area over a six year period beginning with her arrival in 1973 through 1978. This graphic novel includes drawings of Flor in a variety of settings both in San Francisco and Manila, with captions of her thoughts about both personal and political developments.  Market Street pedestrians are able to follow Flor’s story, year by year, in the kiosks running along either side of Market Street.

Artist Jenifer K Wofford is a Filipina-American artist and arts educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has most recently been exhibited in the Bay Area at Southern Exposure, the Frey Norris Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She is the lead organizer of the Galleon Trade Arts Exchange Project, stage two of which is at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the current Bay Area Now exhibition. Since 1995 she also has been part of Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a three-woman artist group that has collaborated on projects presented at the De Young Museum, Elizabeth Oliveria Gallery, and the National Asian American Film Festival among other places. She has received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation and the Pacific Rim Film Research Program, and undertaken Artist Residencies at Skidmore College in New York and Chateau de la Napoule in France.

Panel Discussion: A panel discussion about the Flor de Manila y San Francisco poster project will be scheduled at the Kearny Street Workshop later this Fall.

www.sfartscommission.org/pubart/

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program brings contemporary art by Bay Area artists to San Francisco’s main thoroughfare on a year-round basis.  In 2008 the Art on Market Street Program is commissioning projects that focus on narratives.  All events are public and free of charge

The Art on Market Street Program is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. Led by the belief that a creative cultural environment is essential to City life from the murals and monuments under the care of the Civic Art Collection to the dance and theater productions funded by Cultural Equity Grants, to the new generation of teen poets cultivated by the WritersCorp Program.

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