Nancy Hom is a multifaceted artist, writer, organizer, and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit arts field. She was born in Toisan, China in 1949. She moved to the United States at age five. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in visual communications.
The political climate of the 1970s influenced Nancy’s development as an artist. She became interested in community events and Asian American history after participating in anti-Vietnam war demonstrations. In the early 70s she co-founded the Asian American Media Collective in New York City and was an early participant of Basement Workshop, a multidisciplinary Asian American arts organization.
In San Francisco Nancy has played a key role in the development of neighborhood arts organizations since 1974. She has created artwork for numerous political, social, and community events. As an artist, curator, and organizer, she has worked in many communities in San Francisco, including the South of Market, Manilatown, Chinatown, Japantown, Western Addition, and the Mission. She is also a writer, graphic designer and children’s book illustrator. Her award-winning book, Nine-in-One Grr! Grr!, is one of five books published by Children’s Book Press that contain her illustrations. Her art has been published in several publications, including At Work: The Art of California Labor (Heyday Books 2003) and Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art (Bilingual Press 2005).
Nancy is a published author whose contributions are included in the following publications: Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (Pantheon Books 1990), Writings From the Long Table (Kearny Street Workshop 1999, 2000), Asian Americans: The Movement and The Moment (UCLA 2001), So Luminous the Wildflowers: an Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach 2003), and The Other Side of the Postcard (Citylights Foundation 2005). Her poetry has also been accepted to Tebot Bach’s 2005 Anthology of California Poets.
Her involvement with Kearny Street Workshop, an Asian Pacific American arts organization, spans three decades. She served as its Executive Director from July 1995 through September 2003, revitalizing the organization and developing many innovative programs. She received a San Francisco Art Commission’s Cultural Equity Individual Artist grant in 1995 and was awarded a Gerbode Fellowship for outstanding leaders in 1998. She was nominated for the 1999 Women of Achievement Award and received the KQED Local Hero Award in 2003. In addition to being on the Advisory Board of Kearny Street Workshop, she is currently on the Board of the Asian American Women Artists Association, the Arts Advisory Committee of Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and the Board of Heyday Institute (publishers of books on California culture). She also serves on the Community Arts Distribution Committee of the Zellerbach Family Foundation.