Saturday, May 4, 2013

My painting "Issei" is part of traveling Smithsonian banner exhibition and educational poster

Laura Kina "Issei" 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 45 in. reproduction featured in Smithsonian banner exhibit and on an educational poster

A reproduction of my 2011 painting "Issei", which features a portrait of my Okinawan great-great grandmother with ghosts of sugar cane plantation workers in Hawaii behind her, is part of this traveling educational banner exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center. Thank you Konrad Ng and Lawrence-Minh Davis for including my work.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
May 1 - June 15, 2013
1400 Constitution Ave., NW 3rd Floor, Corridors
Washington, DC

"This banner exhibition celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. Rich with compelling, often surprising stories, it takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today."

It has also been turned into a poster that will go out to 10,000 schools across the U.S.  "to help educate school children about the many contributions of Asian Americans." 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Recommended" by Newcity - Check out the press for War Baby / Love Child

Michael Weinstein, "Review: War Baby/LoveChild:DePaulArtMuseum," Newcity Art, April 30, 2013.

Review: War Baby/Love Child/DePaul Art Museum

Gina Osterloh, "Collapse," 2006. Light jet print.
Gina Osterloh, “Collapse,” 2006. Light jet print.


The most recent and arguably the most diverse group to emerge on the crowded scene of contemporary identity politics is the “mixed-race Asian American,” which receives a rich visual reflection here by seven photographers who in portraits and staged scenarios concentrate on the confusions involved in determining with which larger group they should identify, or whether they should form a distinctive blended group all their own. Some of the artists, indeed, would not even consider themselves to be Asian, but European or Mexican, for example, and others are in flux. No wonder, then, that a persistent theme in the show is the condition of feeling that one is “hidden.” Gina Osterloh, the daughter of a German-American father and a Filipina mother, depicts herself in color lying on a mat on her stomach in a kitschy tropical setting; she has cut her head out of the frame and is clothed in a pants suit covering one leg and in military fatigues the other, in order to insure that the image is “unreadable.” The other artists are equally complicated and complex in their efforts to portray a particularly emblematic and problematic zone of globalization. (Michael Weinstein)

Through June 30 at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton.

More Press!

Renoir Gaither, "War Baby Love Child – Mixed Race American Art," MXDWELL, April 25, 2013.

Maggie Dziubek, "War Baby/Love Child comes to DPAM." The DePaulia, April 28, 2013.

Paul Niemi, 'War Baby/Love Child' Exploring the Mixed-Race Asian American Experience Opens at DePaul University Art Museum, from, April 25, 2013. (

Monica Whitepigeon, "War Baby/Love Child" Debra Yepa-Pappan's Art Part of Exhibition Opening in Chicago, Native News Network, April 25, 2013. (

Zhiyu Wang, "Artists explore the image of mixed race Asian-Americans in DePaul exhibit," Medill Reports Chicago (Northwestern University), April 18, 2013. (