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Nancy Hom is not only one of the most innovative and multi-faceted artists I know, she is a deeply caring and giving individual. Very few have done so much for our communities -–bringing us all together through her creativity, empowerment and skillful organizing.

        – Janice Mirikitani, Director, Glide Memorial Church

Nancy Hom's artworks and service to the arts community mirror qualities of clarity, dedication, connection to issues both personal and universal, and strong, richly colored, precise beauty of presentation.

         – Johanna Poethig, Artist, Faculty, Visual and Public Art Department, CSU-Monterey Bay

Nancy Hom's art articulates a cultural sensibility reminiscent of renowned contemporary artist Rupert Garcia. Rooted in her culture and socio-political consciousness, Hom's iconography is evocative and poignant. 

       – Lenore Chinn, Artist


Left: Dance of the Inner Spirit    © Nancy Hom 2011

Right: Contemplating Woman     © Nancy Hom 1982



Nancy Hom was born in Toisan, China and came to the United States when she was five years old. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute in 1971. She moved to San Francisco in 1974. She is an artist, writer, organizer, curator, and arts consultant with over 35 years of experience in the non-profit arts field.

Her art has been exhibited in numerous galleries, locally and internationally, including the de Young Museum, Euphrat Museum of Art, Stanford University, Oakland Museum, Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, De Saisset Museum, Intersection for the Arts, C.N. Gorman Museum, California Historical Society, SF International Airport, Asian American Arts Centre, New York City, Exhibits USA, C.A.L. Valeyre, Paris, France, and Somart San Angel, Villa Obregón, Mexico City.


2014  Artist Residency, ArtSpace, University of Nevada, Reno

2013  SF Foundation Helen Crocker Russell Leadership Award

2012  Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting & Sculpture Award

2010  Zellerbach Family Foundation Individual Artist Award

2004  Juror’s Award, CA Printmakers, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

2003  Artist Residency, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles

2003  Bd. of Supervisors Proclamation: Nancy Hom Day - 9/4/03

2003  Local Hero Award, KQED and Union Bank of California

1999  Nominee, Woman of Achievement Award, San Jose

1998  Gerbode Foundation Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley

1995  Individual Artist Cultural Equity Grant, SF Arts Commission

1991  American Library Association Notable Book Award

          Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

Interviews, Recent Articles

Selected Bibliography

2008  Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970, Stanford U. Press

2008  Icons of Presence, Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco

2007  Cheers to Muses, Asian Amer. Women Artists Assoc., SF

2005  Triumph of Our Communities, Bilingual Press, Arizona

2004  Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching,

          Teaching for Change, Washington, D.C.

2003  At Work: The Art of California Labor, Heyday, CA

2001  Many Kinds of Smart, Hampton-Brown, Carmel, California

2001  Louie, Steve, The Movement and the Moment, UCLA Press

1999  Ressler, Susan, Women Artists of the American West, Purdue  

          University, Texas

1998  Of Our Own Voice, Asian Amer. Women Artists Assoc., SF

1993  Wei, William, The Asian American Movement, Temple

          University Press, Philadelphia

1991  Drescher, Tim, San Francisco Murals: Community Creates Its       

          Muse, 1914-1990, Pogo Press, St. Paul, Minnesota

1990  Lucy R. Lippard, Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural

          America, Pantheon Books, New York

1983  Kim, Elaine, With Silk Wings, Asian Women United, Oakland

1979  Lee, C. N., Poster Nostalgia: Ten Years of Asian American

          Poster Art, Bridge Magazine, Volume 8, No. 1, New York


Nancy’s works are archived at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at UC Santa Barbara, and at the following sites: