about the artist

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Lori Kay is a sculptor and mixed media artist. Her public art commissions and exhibitions include the cities of Fremont, Half Moon Bay, Mountain View, San Francisco, Bellvue and Seattle.

Kay received a B.A. in Art and Art History from the University of California at Santa Cruz with additional course work at the University of Geneva and Basel Gymnasium, Switzerland. She then spent a year in a foundry and a marble studio of Pietrasanta, Italy. After working on both large-scale and pedestal-sized pieces, her experience culminated with her first professional exhibit in Italy.

Since 1987, Lori Kay’s work has been exhibited extensively on the local, national and international level. Although sculpture and bronze is her primary and preferred medium, she is well-versed in many mediums including: bronze casting, welded metal, ceramic, tile, painting, collage, stone, concrete and glass.

Kay does bronze casting and marble carving in the San Francisco Bay area and Manila, Philippines. Her studio has been at Hunter’s Point Shipyard, San Francisco, for more than twenty years.

Her awards and grants include the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, artist in residence with the Arts Council of San Mateo County, Silicon Valley Arts Council and California Arts Council.She has lectured at De Young Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, San Francisco State University, University of California at Santa Cruz and at Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Seattle Central College, Mission College, San Jose City College, and San Francisco Chinese Cultural Center.

Numerous books and articles have featured her works including most recently: Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists and War Babies, Love Child.

Currently she is creating a sculpture garden featuring her work and six local artists in more than 100 acres of estate that was once a former winery located in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Lori Kay with
“Chair in Motion”