I am a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design and Director of Critical Ethnic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I was born in Riverside, California in 1973 to an Okinawan father from Hawai’i and a Spanish-Basque/Anglo mother and raised in Poulsbo, WA–a small Norwegian town in the Pacific Northwest. I received my MFA Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and my BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994.

I have exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including: the Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Spertus Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawaiʻi – the Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara was on view in 2015 at the Japanese American National Museum with an exhibition catalog published by Bear River Press.