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An installation concept started at Dia de los Muertos at SomArts Cultural Center with Rio and Rene Yanez curators.
Cynthia's installation was dedicated to her Auntie Rosie.  She  passed in September 2008 - Meta IV a surreal shoppe carries lines such as the Atonement Dress, jewelry by Biological Clock and Family Drama Honey.  Each item a meditation of the myths, social expectations and
self-imposed rules we buy into unconciously at an early age.  There is also a growing number of Rx prescriptons, suggestions for better mental health.  A way out, so to speak.

This is a concept that needs to grow in a larger space, inviting public participation, creating new objects for the Meta IV shoppe.

Cynthia was invited to create an installation for this magical exhibiton.
Cynthia's represents a vintage shop dedicated to those who chose not to live their authentic lives

A Place of Her Own , Cynthia Tom-curator

An ambitious undertaking by AAWAA. Asian American Women Artists Association. This project began with a 10 artists in residence at the de Young

AAWAA believes if we pose the question, "If you had a place of your own, what would it be?" and provide the creative means by which the answers can be explored, it would lead to profound answers. Could you discover a place, in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?The process of answering the question in a two or three-dimensional form, on paper or with digital media is thought-provoking.  It has the potential to begin deep internal and external dialog amongst our artists and the community. The question provides inspiration for powerful, thought-provoking work, resulting in a ongoing series of projects that will evolve and educate, not only our AAWAA artists but also visitors who participate during workshops, in the classroom and online.

Meta IV
Clothing and Curiosities Shoppe
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Ongoing Projects
Anomaly in the Veil
International Museum of Women

June 23, 2011
2-2-1 Angel Island
Two Artists, Two Visions, One Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay.
Noted artists, Cynthia Tom and Flo Oy Wong,  come together to showcase their individual takes about their lives influenced by their family members who came through Angel Island,
interned and interrogated.

Now through June 12, 2011- YBCA’s RBI Gallery
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Curator Abby Chen presents Daily Lives with Cynthia Tom, Imin Yeh, Stella Zhang, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Liu Xianbiao
Discards & Variances - Cynthia Tom, mixed media, pillows and paintings in collaboration with Jennifer Ewing, mixed media spirit boats, Cris Matos paintings.
Using little pillows and personal paintings Cynthia Tom explores the stories of individuals discarded by families and society.  The concept of “journey” implied by Jennifer Ewing’s spirit boats, provide a jump off point for hope and imagination.   ______________________________________________________________

A Place of Her Own Exhibition
co-presented by AAWAA and APICC-Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
May 5, 2011- May 27,2011  
Cynthia Tom and Kimi Taira, AAWAA (Asian American Women Artists Association) curators, bring in 24 visual and literary artists who respond to the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

Co-presented by API Cultural Center (Asian Pacific Islander) at SOMARTS Cultural Center, SF. Brannan bet. 8th and 9th St., San Francisco. National Endowment for the Arts, SF Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation and Ca Arts Council recognition for this exhibition., 415-722-4296,

San Francisco OPEN STUDIOS at 1890 Bryant St. Studios
Cynthia Tom - Stories to Tell
April 16 & 17 2016, 12 - 6pm
Nov 2016 11-6 pm

1890 Bryant Street Studios

60+ artists in one warehouse. Free admission, easy partking, family and pets allowed.

An exhibition celebrating transformation and the power of women.
Presented by A PLACE, Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Manilatown Heritage Foundation
Curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee
868 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 291-0175
Wednesday-Sunday 1-6pm.

May 19- June 30, 2016 – A PLACE OF HER OWN art exhibition
Exhibition Dates:
May 14, 2016 - Installation
Opening, May 19, 2016, Thursday: VIP Reception 5 – 6, Public Opening 6 pm – 8:30
Artists Talk, May 31, 2016, Tuesday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm(Talk starts are 6:30-8:30)
Closing Celebration, June 30, 2016, Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm
            >Deinstallation. Gallery clean up and restoration 8:30 – 10:30