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NIAD Gallery Exhibition // “Feeling Language,” organized by Kate Laster

October 1, 2022 to October 28, 2022

A graphic promoting an exhibition. Below a row of black cutout star shapes, centered at the top of the image, in exuberant black text that has a hand-cut feel, are the words “Feeling Language” in all caps. Below that in a smaller size, the words “organized by Kate Laster”. In the left half of the graphic, a page from a book with swirling patterns is covered with ten rows of the handwritten phrase “You Are Here,” hand written in a beige cursive font in all caps. The name “Mitsuko Brooks” appears to the left. In the same font, a column on the right lists the artists participating in the exhibition. Each word is separated by a diamond or a star shape

On view in NIAD’s Main Gallery October 1 through 28.


About the exhibition

This show is all about comfort text: resilience in everyday words, writing and reading. Expression can also be wordless, the use of line and color as new vocabulary, pushing a thought out onto a surface, making marks and continuously trying to communicate with the world. 

We tell stories to sustain ourselves and find each other. These messages embedded in art become an emotional telegram– a signal flare with a flame of memory trailing behind it. Feeling Language is about books, lists, slogans, language, gesture, touch and the trust given in sharing.

Twenty-five of the artists in the exhibition are from NIAD Art Center and two artists—Gigot and Anthony Morrison—are from Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAP).

Among the guest artists outside of these programs are: Mitsuko Brooks, artist & archivist practicing in New York; interdisciplinary musician Abby Gregg currently working in Denver; and two artists who are both based in the Bay, designer & experimental printmaker Negash Asegde and Steph Kudisch, an artist & queer researcher.

All of these artists embody yearning, text and transmission of ideas with their work. 


About Kate Laster

Kate Laster was born in Anchorage (Dena’ina land) and raised all over Alaska from the arctic to the archipelago; a sense of place is key to her art practice as a diasporic jew. She received a Bachelor of Arts at Evergreen State College in 2015 and in 2019 she received a MA+MFA in History & Theory of Contemporary Art and Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked with Woosh Kinaadeiyí, the SF Poster Syndicate and the Coalition on Homelessness. She recently was a full time studio assistant at Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program. Laster has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, In Cahoots, Open Windows Cooperative, Cisco Home of the Brave, Kala Art Institute and at Pillow Fort Art Center.


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Saturday October 1 // NIAD Gallery Annex Exhibition on view through October 28

Friday October 7, 1:00PM // Virtual Artist Talk + Curator Walkthrough with ASL and Spanish language translation provided.

Saturday October 8, 1 to 4:00PM // Gallery Reception at NIAD Art Center


Artists in the Exhibition

Saul Algeria

Negash Asegde*

Mireya Betances

Lisa Blevens

Mitsuko Brooks* 

Jeremy Burleson

Heather Copus

Julio Del Rio

Luis Estrada

Carlos Fernandez


Abby Gregg* 

Felicia Griffin

Shana Harper

Peter Harris

James Heartsill

Rebecca Jantzen

Samantha Kershnar

Steph Kudisch* 

Sara Malpass

Karen May

Anthony Morrison* 

Halisi Noel-Johnson

Michael Nuñez

Martha Padron

Dorian Reid

Serena Scott

Tre’von Silva

Louie Spagnola 

Christian Vassell 

Matthew Wilson

*non-NIAD artist


In-person event accessibility:

There are no stairs to enter the NIAD Art Center building. The building is one level. The sidewalk has multiple curb cut-outs and is wide enough for a wheelchair. The building does not have automatic doors. Our restrooms are accessible to people using mobility devices. We do not have gender neutral restrooms. The NIAD Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available. 


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Richmond, CA 94801 United States
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