Mar 26th 2023

Laura Kina: Over the Rainbow, One More Time

@ Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery

32 E Quincy St, Riverside, IL 60546

Opening Sunday, March 26th, from 3PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, May 6th

Laura Kina
Over the Rainbow, One More Time

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 26, 2023, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Afterwards, please join us for a private happy hour across the street at the Quincy Street Distillery.

Exhibition Dates: March 26 – May 6, 2023
Gallery hours: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Exhibition Catalogue: Will be available for purchase at the gallery and online

The Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery is pleased to present Over the Rainbow, One More Time, a solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media art by Laura Kina. Over the Rainbow, One More Time is about starting over. It’s about grief and life in the after. Conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic, in the wake of surviving breast cancer, the end of a 25 yearlong marriage, and coming out as queer, Laura Kina’s art traces her journey and memories through trauma into wellness and the unknown.

Laura Kina is a queer mixed-race Okinawan American artist and scholar. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kina has exhibited her paintings and mixed-media art nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including the Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Japanese American National Museum, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Spertus Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Kina is an Art Matters Foundation Grantee, and through 3Arts – 3AMP Mentorship artist, a Make a Wave artist, Joan Mitchell Center Fellow, 3AP Project awardee, and Ragdale Fellow.

Laura Kina is a Vincent de Paul Professor at The Art School at DePaul University; curator for the Virtual Asian American Art Museum; a co-founder of the Critical Mixed Studies conference, journal, and association; visual art section editor for Bridge; and series editor for The University of Washington Press for the Critical Ethnic Studies and Visual Culture book series. She co-edited War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art and Queering Contemporary Asian American Art. In addition, she illustrated an award winning children’s book, Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos. Kina is a 2022-2023 Public Voices Op-Ed Project Fellow through DePaul University.


Riverside Arts Center
Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden
32 East Quincy Street
Riverside, Illinois 60546

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 1-5pm, Closed Sundays – Wednesdays and major holidays.
All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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