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Duende @ Torpedo Factory Artist In Residence, Shani Shih

We're excited to welcome SHANI SHIH as our next Duende @ Torpedo Factory Artist In Residence from June 11 - July 1!

In-Studio Artist Hours:

Monday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Thursday: 6:30 - 9 p.m. (except June 28)

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sunday: 11-430pm (except June 24)

About the artist: 

Shani Shih is a multidisciplinary visual artist in Washington DC. Her personal artwork speaks at a visceral level; it features bold linework, gritty textures, and expressive human figures intertwined with harsh industrial structures, and represents everyday social and bodily experience in the stratified landscapes of the modern world. Through her creations, she aims to communicate a shared experience of suffering and endurance, as well as everlasting love and hope - providing comfort, strength, and acknowledgement to all.

 Shani is also dedicated to supporting communities in need through public art, teaching and community arts, with a focus on serving underrepresented Asian Pacific American communities. During the 2016 primaries, Shani co-curated Bern the System!, a street art showcase that featured 70+ regional artists and uplifted messages of social change. She then served as a lead organizer for a four-city mural campaign centering the message of the indigenous-led Water is Life movement—which led to the 2017 founding of the 411 Collective, a graffiti/street art collective that supports local and national community advocacy initiatives with public art. In 2018, with the help of 1882 Foundation/Chinese American Citizens Alliance, she founded the Chinatown Art Studio, a youth art space servicing Asian Pacific American youth through multimedia art instruction and creative empowerment programming.


As Duende District’s current Artist in Residence, she is excited to share her personal story and voice through her creations. She is pleased to also present “In Our Eyes,” a special youth art display that spotlights diverse voices of Asian/Pacific Islander American youth in the DC area, from the Chinatown Art Studio program and beyond.