Kathy Aoki is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who uses satire to critique the absurd value systems that dominate gender, pop culture, and politics. Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S. including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Past residency awards include MacDowell, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Frans Masereel Centrum. Aoki has completed commissions for institutions such as the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Aoki lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University.