ARTIST STATEMENT: JJ Miyaoka-Pakola received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1999 and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. Miyaoka-Pakola’s work has been written about in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Artfile Magazine, New American Paintings, and the San Francisco Arts Quarterly. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Chashama Exhibition Grant in 2014, and a Visiting Artist Fellowship to be an artist in residence at the Montana Artist Refuge in 2011. Solo exhibition venues include Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, Chashama 461 Gallery, New York, NY, and Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL. Group exhibition highlights include “A Tribute to Asian American Art and Cultural Expressions” at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, “20 x 16” at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, “Residual Volume” at Harbor Gallery, New York, NY, “Image Machine” at the Roger Brown Study Collection, Chicago, IL, and “Mechanical Turk” at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.