Weston Teruya

Artadia Awardee

Weston Teruya is an artist and cultural producer who has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mills College Art Museum, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco; received public art commissions for the San Francisco and Alameda County Arts Commissions; grants from Artadia, Asian Cultural Council, CCI Investing in Artists, and Creative Work Fund; and been an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, A. Farm Saigon, Montalvo Arts Center, Ox-Bow, the de Young Museum, and Recology SF.

Weston is also one-third of Related Tactics, a collective of artists of color who create projects at the intersection of race and culture. The collective’s projects have been presented through Wexner Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, The Luminary, University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery, Museum of Capitalism at the Kellen Gallery of Parsons, and Kala Art Institute’s Print Public. They were awarded a 2021 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship and commissioned to organize a CoLAB residency project by the Lucas Artist Program of Montalvo Art Center in 2022.

“In my practice, I move between individual and collective modes of working–an interplay that is integral to how I explore themes including: the legacies of solidarity between communities of color, cultural resistance at the edges of empire, and community organizing against displacement.

In my individual work, I process archival, site, and speculative research through material exploration with a variety of paper-based media. My collaborative projects are more outwardly discursive, largely as one-third of Related Tactics, a collective of artists of color producing projects at the intersection of race and culture. Our work seeks to build a collective imaginary beyond the limits of institutional inequity and interrogate legacies of racialized labor and violence that shape how we understand and navigate the American landscape, often employing strategies including: direct address in text-based works; collaborations that gather additional artists to foster creative networks; and inserting temporary and decentralized works into the public sphere.”