May Kytonen is a visual artist based in Spokane, Washington, creating paper sculptures sourced from her mixed Taiwanese heritage. She first became intrigued by the fine art world while exploring fibers at the University of Washington in Seattle, subsequently earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts in 2012. Since then, she has exhibited regionally throughout the Pacific Northwest, and was recently awarded an Artist Trust GAP grant in 2017. May's current body of work is an exploration of Asian-American identity, strength within fragility, and connection.


MAY KYTONEN
b. 1989, Redmond, WA
Lives/works in Spokane, WA

EDUCATION
2012   BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017   Convergence, Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017   
ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium, Seattle Center Armory Lofts, Seattle, WA 
2017   
Common Thread, Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID 
2017   4th Annual Pop-Up Show, Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID 

2017   Tiffany Patterson & Friends Benefit Show, Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID
2017   Share the Love Benefit Show, Bellwether Brewing Company, Spokane, WA
2017   Drawn Away, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA
2016  
Kaleidoscope Flash, Little Dog Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
2016   Terrain 9, Washington Cracker Co. Building, Spokane, WA
2016   Spokane WAM (Women + Art + Media), Spokane International Airport, Spokane, WA
2016   Touchstone Forms, Little Dog Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
2016   First Friday Pop Up Show, Communitas Art Space, Spokane, WA
2016   Spokane WAM Expo, Richmond Art Collective & The Bartlett, Spokane, WA
2012   Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, University District Alley Art Walk, Seattle WA 

AWARDS/GRANTS
2017 
smART Ventures Mini Grant RecipientSeattle Office of Arts & Culture
2017  Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) 2017 AwardArtist Trust

COMMISSIONS
2017   Art Commission, I've Been Keeping Things In and No Heart On My Sleeve, Forza Coffee Company, Spokane, WA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2017   Audrey Overstreet, Artist Trust Makes Grant Awards to Four Spokane-area Artists, The Spokesman Review, Oct. 26, 2017
2017   Carrie Scozzaro, Spokane Arts Highlights Local Minority Artists for "Saturate", February's Biannual Visual Arts Tour, The Inlander, Feb. 2, 2017
2016   Brianna Van Dyke, And The Soul Felt Its Worth, Ruminate Magazine, Winter 2016. P. 56-60

COMMUNITY PROJECTS
2017  GlitterCouch, Member, Spokane, WA
2017  Saranac Art Projects, Member, Spokane, WA

PRESENTATIONS
2017   Artist Talk, Seattle Center Armory Lofts, Seattle, WA, Nov. 18
2017   Artist Talk, Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Feb. 1
2016   Artist Talk, Little Dog Art Gallery, Spokane, WA, July 22