Local Hero: Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck photo by Ed KriegerKip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist and filmmaker who specializes in spoken word, personal narrative, identity exploration and pop-culture analysis. His solo art exhibitions have been featured in leading museums including the Japanese American National Museum (2006, 2010 and 2014) in Los Angeles, the Asia Society Houston, and the Field Museum in Chicago.

Mr. Fulbeck has been featured on CNN, MTV, PBS and The TODAY Show, and has performed and exhibited throughout the U.S. and in over 20 countries. He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, and the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me. His exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, is currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles through September 14, 2014. For more information on the exhibit, please go to http://www.janm.org/exhibits/perseverance/.

Mr. Fulbeck is creator of The Hapa Project, a multiracial identity project that embodies a range of mediums, including a published book, traveling photographic exhibition, satellite community presentations, and online communities. He created the project to promote awareness and give voice to multiracial people and previously ignored ethnic groups. In recognition for his work in promoting multiracial awareness, he was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and also named a Cultural Pioneer by the Harvard Half Asian People's Association (HAPA).

A professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Fulbeck received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member five times by the UCSB Office of Residential Life.
Mr. Fulbeck is also an avid surfer, guitar player, ocean lifeguard, pug enthusiast, and multiple-time national champion in U.S. Masters Swimming.

To learn more about Kip Fulbeck and his work, click on the following links:

To read more about Kip Fulbeck and the Perseverance Exhibit on our KCET Artbound blog, go to KCET Artbound: Perseverance


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