Jan 17 2021
Artist Conversations with Marilyn Montufar and Mic...

Artist Conversations with Marilyn Montufar and Mic...

Presented by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The conversation will be moderated by BIMA Associate Curator, Amy Sawyer. Bring your questions, share your reflections, and erase some of the distance in listening.  Free, registration is required.

Michelle Kumata is a 3.5 generation Japanese American artist and Seattle native with a BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She worked as a graphic artist at The Seattle Times for over a decade and then served as Exhibit Director at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience for 12 years.

Michelle is influenced by heritage, identity and legacy. She is currently exploring the Japanese diaspora in the U.S. and Brazil through oral histories and visual storytelling. These stories are powerful tools that parallel current issues of immigration, racism and culture and challenge my growth as an artist.
Marilyn Montufar is a fine art photographer, educator, and activist with ten years of research, production, teaching, and exhibition experience locally, nationally, and internationally. Current work amplifies stories about underrepresented communities through the arts – youth, migrants, women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities.

She received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2009. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas Gerónimo Baqueiro Fóster, Mérida, Mexico (2019), Gallery 4Culture, Seattle (2018), among others, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions since 2006. In fall 2020, her photograph Ronnie and Cleveland (2006), inaugurated the Frye Art Museum’s Boren Baner Series at a monumental scale in the form of a 16 x 20 ft. vinyl banner.

Montufar was a finalist for the 2020 Betty Bowen Award and Neddy at Cornish Award. She has been an artist in residence at Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; and Primal Studio, Mexico City, where she created the photography youth project Beyond Borders/ Más allá de las fronteras –a visual collaboration and international exchange program between Mexico and the United States. The project was featured at the Northern Vermont University’s Gallery, the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, FotoMéxico Festival, and the Tamayo Art Museum’s Education Center in Mexico City in 2019. Montufar is a Mexican American dual citizen and resides in Seattle.

Jan 17, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Zoom webinar


Untold Stories: An Online Festival



Admission Info

Free, registration is required.

Dates & Times

2021/01/17 - 2021/01/17

Location Info

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Parking Info

Parking is available and free to our visitors.

Accessibility Info

BIMA is located in the Island Gateway complex which has accessible parking spaces on Ravine Lane. There is a flat surface entering the courtyard, which leads into the museum. Parking is also available in the underground garage. Take the elevator to First Floor Rear (1R) during museum hours for access through the Community Gallery to the Auditorium, Bistro and Museum.

All of the Museum is accessible by ramps and elevators. If someone in your party needs a wheelchair to enjoy the museum, please ask to borrow a loaner one at the reception desk.