Beyond KCAD: Virtual Speaker Series with Angela Two Stars ‘16 and Hiroshi Hayakawa
This Virtual Speaker Series is a live discussion program that showcases recent KCAD alumni paired with established practitioners and thinkers from various Art + Design fields. These makers and scholars offer their perspectives on pertinent issues that both inspire and challenge their practice.
These 30-minute pointed talks provide the opportunity for a longer Q&A and give students access to recent alums and other industry professionals who present on a variety of topics. From in-demand design jobs to research and teaching, from curating large-scale public art to self-promotion–what buzzing questions do you have about life beyond KCAD?
This event will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register in advance to attend.
Angela Two Stars is a public artist and curator. She is the director of All My Relations Arts, a project of the Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Angela is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and received her BFA from KCAD. Angela's professional arts career began at All My Relations Arts gallery as an exhibiting artist, which then led to further opportunities including her first curatorial role for the exhibition titled, Bring Her Home, Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island, a powerful exhibition highlighting the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Angela's public art graces the shores of Bde Maka Ska and honors the Dakota people of Mni Sota. Angela was recently selected as the finalist for the Walker Art Center's Indigenous Public Art Commission which will be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in the fall of 2020.
Two Stars' most recent work explores the native language of her tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Currently, there are less than 70 fluent Dakota speakers of my tribe and the average age of these treasured elder speakers is 78-years old. Two Stars' desire is to raise awareness of the endangered status of her tribe’s language, which in turn resonates with other Native American languages. By incorporating the Dakota alphabet, words, phrases, songs, prayers, and stories within her artwork, she is bringing attention to the need for revitalization efforts within her tribe to retain the existence of the Dakota language.
Hiroshi Hayakawa was born and raised in Japan. He earned a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo. After a short stint working as a computer system engineer, he decided his love of life was making art. He relocated to the United States in 1991 and attended Columbus College of Art and Design, earning BFAs in Photography and Fine Arts, and then Cranbrook Academy of Art for his MFA in Photography.
His primary artistic medium has been alternative photography especially liquid emulsion ever since he was an art school student. However, his artistic direction has changed recently. He now spends about the same amount of time on his kinetic sculpture work, photography work, drawing and paper craft book projects. He has published his first paper craft book, "Kirigami Menagerie" from Lark Books in 2009. His second paper craft book, "Paper Pups" came out in 2013. His third book, "Paper Birds" and fourth book, "Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures" were both published in 2014.
He currently lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife Nanette, 2 cats, a French bulldog and a turtle. He teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design and exhibits his art nationally and internationally.