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Local Art Talk: Evri Kwong’s King Cotton and Other Silly Matters

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June 6, 2024 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
San Rafael City Hall Council Chambers
1400 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael
San Rafael Library


The San Rafael Public Library is honored to present local artist, Evri Kwong, and his latest project: King Cotton and Other Silly Matters.

Patrons who frequent our library may recognize Evri as a familiar face working near the upstairs service desk.

Here’s the Pacific Sun article that appeared after his art talk at the San Rafael Public Library last June 2023.

This event will be held in San Rafael City Council Chambers at 6pm. (Please note that there is no food or drink allowed in Council Chambers.)


“I am not a political artist. I am just an artist responding to the time we are living in.” – Evri Kwong

Artist Evri Kwong was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a BFA and MFA in Drawing and Painting. During graduate school, Kwong was awarded a full fellowship to study at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant for Painting. Currently. He is currently an adjunct professor of drawing and painting at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Kwong’s work is in numerous public and private institutions, most recently: de Young Museum Open in 2021 and the Triennial de Young Open 2023,

His work has been written up in international magazines and newspapers and cited in the book Asian American Primary Source Reader (2017, Yale Press) for a painting he made about Vincent Chin. He also appeared in the documentary film “Smitten” by filmmaker Nancy Kelly on the Rene Di Rosa Art Collection in Napa, CA.

Evri Kwong’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across the country and abroad, including: Catharine Clark Gallery, SF; George Krevsky Gallery, SF; Southern Exposure Gallery, SF; Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC; Asian American Art Centre, NYC; Alternative Museum, NYC; David Beitzel Gallery, NYC; Track 16 Gallery, LA; Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica; Dwight-Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM; Gerald Peters Gallery Project Space, Santa Fe, NM; San Jose Museum Of Art; Triton Museum Of Art; Museum Of Sonoma County; Crocker-Kingsley Museum of Art; Rene Di Rosa Preserve, Napa; Lancaster Museum Of Art, PA; deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara; Ross School of Business (University of Michigan); Stanford University Hospital; Haggerty Museum, Djerassi Foundation, (Woodside, CA); The Lannan Foundation (Santa Fe, NM); Gallery Godo, South Korea, Hana Bank in South Korea; among others.

A photo of Evri Kwong sitting in a chair next to a large painting.  A photo of Evri Kwong standing next to a large work of art hung on a wall.


This program is brought to you thanks to the support of The Friends of the Library.

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