Dani Kwan serving the m & f gender binaries

in their self-portrait series: His & Hers.

Dani Kwan is a multidisciplinary artist and designer who uses the body as object, subject, canvas, and mannequin to investigate the psychology and sociology of self-identification and what it means to exist in a binary-reliant culture as a gender-nonconforming person of color.
You can keep up with what their doing on Instagram @danikwan
Education
2020-Present
[In-Progress] Masters in Fine Arts, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
2013
Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Studio art major, emphasis in graphic design with a certificate in digital media, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2012
Paris-American Academy (Study Abroad Program), Paris, France
2008
Otis College of Art and Design (Summer of Art Program), Los Angeles, CA

Exhibits/Events/puBlications
2021
Group Exhibitions
GLAMFA/CAMFA 2021, CSULB Galleries, Long Beach, CA
Publications
[Upcoming] Unity in Diversity Zine, Fangrl Press, Ventura, CA
2020
Group Exhibitions
UCSB First Year Show, UC Santa Barbara, CA, https://glassbox.arts.ucsb.edu/incoming-mfa-exhibition
Let Your Unruly Sideshow: The Custom Splotch Exhibition, Thousand Oaks, CA
Juried Competitions
First Runner Up, Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Virtual Ball, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
2019
Solo Exhibitions
Inconclusive: Exploring Identity and Vulnerability, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Group Exhibitions
R/Evolutionary Screen Print Show, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA
Pint Sized Show, Ventura Coast Brew Co., Ventura, CA
Public Speaking Events
‘RADuation’ Art Program Graduation Ceremony, CSU Channel Islands
Career Connections Mentorship Night, CSU Channel Islands
2018
Group Exhibitions
CSU Channel Islands Alumni Show, Napa Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Fridge-Worthy, WAV Gallery, Ventura, CA
Deck The Halls, Madewest Brewery, Ventura, CA
2017
Group Exhibition
The Ol' Switcharoo, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA (in collaboration with Shawn Patterson)
2016
Solo Exhibition 
The Birds!, Toki Ramen, Ventura, CA
2013
Live Screen Printing Group Demonstration
Annual Student Art Show, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Group Exhibitions
Gender Cues: Femininity and Masculinity in Art, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Gallery Connect - Online Student Gallery, art.csuci.edu
423: Design Thesis Exhibition, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Minimallennium & Conceptual: Digital Illustration, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA
2012
Group Exhibitions 
Greetings from Paris and Florence, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Study Abroad Student Show, Paris-American Academy, Paris, France

Grants
2020
Departmental Block Grant, Art Department, UC Santa Barbara
Multicampus Placemaking Initiative Award, University of California

Academic Achievements
2013
Art Program Honors award of the 2013 Graduating Class, CSU Channel Islands
First place award in Motion Graphics, Film & Animation Screening, CSU Channel Islands
Third place award in Web Design, Interactive Media Awards, CSU Fullerton
Certificate of Excellence in Graphic Design, Annual Student Art Show, CSU Channel Islands
2012
First place award in Digital Illustration, Annual Student Art Show, CSU Channel Islands
Certificate of Excellence in Digital Illustration, Annual Student Art Show, CSU Channel Islands
2008
Honorable mention for Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design
First place award and scholarship in Fashion Design, The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Professional Experience
2/2018–7/2020
Marketing Graphic Designer, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
4/2015–2/2018
Graphic Designer for Student Affairs, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
9/2014– 4/2015
In-House Graphic Designer, PlanetArt Marketing Department of Avanquest, USA, Calabasas, CA
1/2014– 4/2014
In-House Graphic and Web Designer, BraveHeart Women, LLC, Ventura, CA
6/2013– 2/2014
Freelance Graphic Designer, Sunsets, Inc., Harbor City, CA

Commissioned Work
2019
Public Commission
Marketing materials for art exhibit, Below the Surface: An Exploration of Process, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Private Commissions
Children’s book illustrations, Brigette Najarian, Los Angeles, CA
Marketing materials for Honey Bee Wellness, Thousand Oaks, CA
Logo design for Warrior Ideal, Scot King, Thousand Oaks, CA
Doll design for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
Logo design for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
2018
Private Commissions
Illustrated short story, Jenna Cormier, Los Angeles, CA
Portrait illustrations, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
Marketing materials for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Screen-printed shirts for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Illustrated wedding invitations, Melissa Emmons, Thousand Oaks, CA
Illustration work for Sideshow Doll, Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
2017
Private Commissions
Motion graphics video for InQ, a spoken word poet (in collaboration with Eamon Stewart), Sideshow Collectibles, Newbury Park, CA
Digital artwork for screen-printed shirts, Motoko Kitazumi, Oxnard, CA
Web design and photography for Honey Bee Kitchen, Thousand Oaks, CA
2016
Public Commission
Costume design for theater production: Motown, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Private Commissions
Digital paintings printed on paper, Britney Summerville, Camarillo, CA
Logo design, Running Pig Furnishings, Ventura, CA
CD packaging for the World Jazz Project, Paul Murphy, Camarillo, CA
2015
Private Commission
Exhibit poster design printed on paper, Aldo Figueroa, Inglewood, CA
2014
Public Commission
Poster design for theater production: Damn Yankees, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2013
Public Commissions
Poster design for theater production: The CI Follies, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Costume design for theater production: The CI Follies, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
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