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Atelier Fu’una is the studio of artist, designer, and educator Kameko Branchaud. Kameko is from many places, but mostly Providence, Rhode Island. Her artistic practice interprets local histories, empirical observations, and herself as a specimen of cultural remix. She considers education her primary medium, and through it she leverages the power of community to build bridges into the arts for those who are underrepresented in the field. 

Kameko earned her MA in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2014, with a concentration in community arts. Her mural "So Pretty it Hurts" won first place in the juried mural competition of 20 local artists in the 2017 Punto Urban Art Museum in Salem, MA.  In 2017 she was awarded an Appreciation Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, and in 2013 she received the Vital Contribution to the Community Award from Rhode Island College as well as the AfterZone Champion Award from the Providence After School Alliance. Kameko is currently the Director of Education at Newport Art Museum.

She is currently accepting commissions for murals and other collaborative and participatory projects.

 

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Education

Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) Nextgen, Claremont CA 2018

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Master of Arts, Art + Design Education 2014

Rhode Island College, Bachelor of Science, Art Education with Painting Concentration 2013 Magna cum laude

Honors + Awards

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem Appreciation Award, 2017

RISD Graduate Studies Grant, 2014

AfterZone Champion Award, Providence After School Alliance (PASA), 2013

RISD Fellowship and Scholarship, RISD, 2013

Amgen Fellowship, RISD, 2013

Graduate Division Fellowship, RISD, 2013

Vital Contribution to the Community Award, Rhode Island College, 2013

Dorothy R. Pieniadz Scholarship, Rhode Island College, 2012

Public Art + Commissions

2019

Newport Art Museum School façade, collaboration with teen participants in MuSE, Newport RI

2018

Snail, The Raw Project, South Miami FL

Patrick the Bearded Collie, unFURgettable Pet Resort, Hanover MA

Moose the Cat, unFURgettable, Hanover MA

Rock the Block event t-shirt, Downtown Lynn Cultural District, Lynn MA

But wait, there’s a thing, Beyond Walls, Lynn MA

Give Some Love, participatory piece for Punto Urban Art Museum fundraiser, Salem MA

Goal Wall, collaboration with teens at LEAP for Education, Salem MA Welcome to New Liberty, collaboration with students at New Liberty Innovation School, Salem MA

Zanshin, Kodokai Dojo, North Smithfield RI

2017

So Pretty It Hurts, Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem MA. First place honors; juried

Seeker of the Forbidden Sandwich!, Salem Mural Slam, Salem MA

Bodhisattva Bernie, Red Fence Gallery, Beverly MA

2010 - 2012

The Evolution of Writing, Rhode Island College, Providence RI. Teaching Assistant for Munir Mohammed’s Mural Design Course

Mural assistant to Munir Mohammed on murals in Providence, Fall River, and Pawtucket

Bridgham Bears, Bridgham Middle School, Providence RI. Collaboration with AfterZoneyouth.

Dragon, Bridgham Middle School, Providence RI. Collaboration with AfterZone youth.

Exhibitions

Primxs/es, The Center for Reconciliation, Providence RI 2019

Flower Show, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro MA. Juried. 2019

Automatia (solo exhibition), 10 Fed Gallery, Salem MA 2018

ArtFest 2017, Endicott College, Beverly MA. Juried. 2017

GAX 9 for Festival of Pacific Arts, Guam Art Exhibit, Tumon, Guam 2016

Artists At Work, Smithsonian Ripley Center, Washington, D.C. Juried. 2015

Hali’ Taotao Santa Rita, Santa Rita Senior Center, Santa Rita, Guam installation 2014

GAX VII, Guam Art Exhibit,Tumon, Guam 2014

The Lost Museum, Brown University and Mark Dion, Providence RI 2014

RIC Student and Alumni Exhibit, Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly RI 2014

Peepshow II, Studio Mustard, Providence RI 2013

Arc of Alchemy, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence RI 2013

GAX VI, Guam Art Exhibit, Tumon, Guam 2013

Scintilla, Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket RI 2013

Senior Exhibition, Bannister Gallery, Providence RI 2013

Creative Feminisms, URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence RI 2013

Harvest, Light, Celebration, Alta Luna Gallery, Bristol RI. Juried. 2012

My Story, Our Communities, RISCA Atrium Gallery, Providence RI 2012

Peepshow, Machines with Magnets Peepshow, Pawtucket RI 2012

Moments in Time, Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick RI 2012

Remembering, Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro MA 2012

Third State Annual Asian Art Exhibition, RISCA Atrium Gallery, Providence RI 2012

Lessons in Impermanence (solo exhibition), Johnson and Wales University Intercultural Center, Providence RI 2012

Apothecary (window installation), Bannister Gallery, Providence RI 2011

Tiniest Salon, Bannister Gallery, Providence RI 2011

Juror + Curator

Juror, Winter Member’s Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence RI 2019

Curator with Showgirls Artist Collective, Peepshow II, Studio Mustard, Providence RI 2013

Curator, My Story, Our Communities, RISCA Atrium Gallery, Providence RI 2012

Curtator with Showgirls Artist Collective, Peepshow, Machines with Magnets Peepshow Pawtucket RI 2012

Teaching + Professional Experience

Newport Art Museum, Director of Education, Newport RI 2018 - present

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Connected Learning Developer, Salem MA 2016 - 2018

RISD Continuing Education, Young Artist Program Instructor, Providence RI 2014, 2017-2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Family Programs and Design Camp Coordinator, New York, NY 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Education Assistant, New York, NY 2014 – 2015

RISD Project Open Door, Teaching Artist at Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts 2013-2014

RISD, Graduate Teaching Assistant in History of Art and Visual Culture 101, 2013

Providence After School Alliance (PASA), Assistant Site Coordinator, 2011 - 2013

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Community Arts Program Assistant 2012

Rhode Island College, Teaching Assistant for Topics 150: Mural Design with instructor Munir Mohammed 2012

Bannister Gallery, Gallery Assistant 2009 –2012

Press

Newport Art Museum’s Branchaud Selected as Judge, Newport Daily News, February 1, 2019.

MuSE Program Gives Teens In-Depth Look At Museum Work, Newport Daily News, May 11, 2019.

Rhode Island Cultural Anchor: Kameko Branchaud, online article at risca.org, February 19, 2019.

A refreshed vision in store at the School at Newport Art Museum, Newport Daily News, September 8, 2018.

Presentations

Panelist, “Murals, Contested Public Spaces, and Belonging: Public Art in the Age of Displacement”, Providence Symposium 2018

Presenter, “Introduction to Museums”, LEAP for Education and Salem High School 2018

Presenter, “Visitors of Color,” LEAP for Education, 2017

Presenter, supported several Cooper Hewitt sessions including special sessions with Tim Gunn, National Art Education Association (NAEA), New Orleans, 2016

Workshop Instructor ,“Level 1 Lesson Planning”, Providence After School Alliance, 2013

Conferences + Travel

Art Basel, Miami Beach FL 2017 + 2018

Youth At Risk, Salem MA 2017

Attendee, Open Engagement, Chicago IL 2017

Guam 1994, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015-2016

Tokyo 2014

New Orleans 2015

Washington, DC 2014

Has lived in RI, CA, WA, MA, NY, and GU