Betty Kano

(American | Japanese, born 1944)

Bay area artist and teacher Betty Kano creates paintings that explore political consciousness and spiritual identity. She was born In Japan and moved with her family to California as a young child. While in college, she became an activist in support of the Free Speech Movement in the mid 1960s. She received her Bachelor of Arts in painting from San Francisco State College in 1967, and completed her Master of Fine Arts at University of California, Berkeley, in 1978. She is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, and she co-founded the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA).