Living & Working: Mik Gaspay & Kija Lucas

Living & Working

Living & Working: Mik Gaspay & Kija Lucas

By Art Practical Editors May 15, 2019

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? Living & Working is a multi-platform column focusing on the experiences and strategies from those who continue to live and work in the Bay Area.

Living & Working is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Living & Working: Mik Gaspay & Kija Lucas
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00-3:00pm
Cubberley Community Center, Room A7
4000 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303

For our live event series, we invited artists to speak to a specific location or site that holds significance to their practice or experience living in the Bay Area. Join Mik Gaspay and Kija Lucas in an intimate conversation about their experiences growing up in Palo Alto, and the paths that led them to becoming Bay Area-based artists. Learn how they continue to survive and thrive in the ever-changing ecosystem of the Bay.

Gaspay's work can be seen at a permanent public art installation in Chinatown, San Francisco's Portsmouth Square bridge, he's a graduate of California College of the Arts. Lucas uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage, and inheritance. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the Bay Area and nationally.

Mik Gaspay (b. 1976 in Quezon City, Philippines) lives and works in San Francisco. Gaspay received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011. Gaspay has had a solo exhibition at Alter Space Gallery in San Francisco. He has also participated in various group shows in museums and spaces including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Art Gallery at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, WhiteBox Gallery in New York. Gaspay was awarded a commission by the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco for a permanent public art installation in San Francisco Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square Bridge.

Kija Lucas is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. Lucas received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her MFA from Mills College in 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area at The Headlands Center for the Arts, The California Institute of Integral Studies, Altar Space, Intersection for the Arts, Luggage Store, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Bedford Gallery, Pro Arts, The Asian Resource Center Gallery, as well as Venice Arts in Los Angeles, CA, La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy, and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lucas Has been an Artist in Residence at The Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Center for the Arts, Grin City Collective, and The Wassaic Artist Residency. Lucas is currently the program manager for The Growlery in San Francisco. She has been a member of 3.9 Art Collective since 2018.

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