Amazing Asians in the Arts: Selina Pope

April 10, 2021

Selina Pope is an Eurasian portrait artist based in London. She has studied under portrait artist Nicole Porter while growing up in Aberdeen and has completed short courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the London Art Academy and the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Selina mainly utilizes graphite and oils in her art and is influenced by traditional “old master” techniques, such as the limited palette. A mixed ethnicity background, along with growing up in Scotland, inspires the theme of identity depicted throughout her works. In February, her drawing of TV and radio presenter Norman Busigu was accepted into the 2021 Royal Society of British Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries, one of the oldest art exhibitions in Britain. Following, another prestigious organization, the Royal Scottish Academy, accepted the piece for their online exhibition. These artistic achievements along with a creative spirit continue to ignite passion and purpose for Selina as she balances her full-time law career with being an artist. Read on to learn more about Selina and what makes her an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Naomi Takata Shepherd

March 06, 2021

Naomi Takata Shepherd, an artist and creator based in San Jose, CA, is the founder of 6 Degrees of Hapa, an inclusive online and in-person platform that celebrates mixed cultures through art, apparel, storytelling and community building. Her goal in creating the brand was to celebrate hapas as individuals, along with the family, friends and communities that hold them up and make them who they are. Through pop-up activations at festivals, #ShareYourHapaStory blog posts that feature amazing hapas, stories about their experiences and identity; food and cultural events and more, Shepherd has continued to champion the culture through thought, word and action. On the 6 Degrees of Hapa Threadless Artist Shop, a limited edition “Mixed Communities for Black Lives” t-shirt is available with 100% of proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter. Along with her successful business, Shepherd is passionate about writing, designing and creating art and films with a focus on intersectional and inclusive narratives. Read on to learn more about Naomi and what makes her an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Bri Ng Schwatrz

February 13, 2021

Bri Ng Schwartz is a facilitator and curator of artistic community engagement programming based in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about creating programs, performances and digital spaces for and by intersectional communities, working with groups such as the National Queer Theater, New York Theater Workshop and Theater Communications Group. Her future goals include getting a PhD in Performance Studies and teaching university-level classes in Applied Theater. Read on to learn more about Bri and what makes her an Amazing Asian in the Arts!

 

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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Karla Garcia

February 06, 2021

Karla Garcia is an actor based in Oxon Hill, MD! She has performed on Broadway in Hot Feet and Hamilton, performing in the 2016 Tonys with the original cast of Hamilton! She was also in the NBC TV show Smash and is currently choreographing a new musical called Other World. Keep reading to find out more about what makes Karla an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Jennie Kwan

November 21, 2020

Jennie Kwan is an actor, singer, and vocal coach based in Los Angeles!! She has been on stage with shows like Miss Saigon and Avenue Q, and also in the TV/Film industry in California Dreams...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Karen Huie

November 07, 2020

Karen Huie is an actor, writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles!! Her versatility allows to work in voiceovers, looping, video games and anime. Her voice can be heard in the last...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Sonia Barcelona

October 31, 2020

Sonia Barcelona is a musician and photographer based in Las Vegas! She started her career by performing at open mics, which eventually led to performing and creating full time as a rock...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Lauren Winn

October 17, 2020

Lauren Winn is a photographer based in NYC. Her work has appeared in major publications such as VULKAN Magazine and Harpers Bazaar, and her versatility allows her to work in fashion...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Cynthia Meng

October 10, 2020

Cynthia Meng is a pianist and Music Director based in NYC. This Harvard educated musician has performed on Broadway on the Tony award-winning show Hadestown, the Radio City...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Ashley Matthews

September 19, 2020

Ashley Matthews is a singer and actress based in New York City! She is currently in the 10th anniversary cast of the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages in NYC, as well as the...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Ali Ewoldt

September 12, 2020

Ali Ewoldt is a singer and actress based in New York City! She was the first Asian American and BIPOC actress to star in the role of Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Diana Huey

September 05, 2020

Diana Huey is a singer and actress based in New York City!  She was the first Asian American actress to star as Ariel in the National Tour of The Little Mermaid in 2016-17, and is an active...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Anthea Neri Best

August 29, 2020

Anthea Neri Best is a singer, theater and TV/Film actress based in Los Angeles! Formerly a Genetics Specialist, she has worked in the theater in NYC and LA, and is currently playing the role of...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Cheryl Daro

August 22, 2020

Cheryl Daro is an actress and producer based in Las Vegas!  She has been seen in Broadway caliber productions and is also an extensive content creator in Las Vegas for BIPOC...
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Amazing Asians in the Arts: Taeko McCarroll

August 15, 2020

Taeko McCarroll is a dancer and musician based in Los Angeles. Taeko is an accomplished dancer, having performed on stage, TV and film, enjoys performing music with her band, and is...
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