Aay Preston-Myint is an artist, publisher, and educator working in the San Francisco Bay Area, after several years building a career and community in Chicago, Illinois. His practice employs both visual and collaborative strategies to investigate memory and kinship, often within the specific context of queer community and history. In addition to his studio work, he is a founder of No Coast, an artist partnership that prints and distributes affordable contemporary artwork, is co-director of the Chicago Art Book Fair, and has served as a DJ and organizer for Chances Dances, a party supporting and showcasing the work of queer artists in Chicago. He is currently the Program Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and supports Bay Area artist communities through membership in the collective studio Real Time and Space in Oakland, Southern Exposure's Curatorial Council, and the Board of Directors at Small Press Traffic, a literary organization in San Francisco.
Current & Recent:
Black Embodiments Studio, 2021
In Cahoots Residency, 2021
Kala Artist Fellowship, 2019-2020
Diversity and Leadership Fellowship, Artist Communities Alliance. 2019-2020
Faculty/Visiting Artist, Ox-Bow School of Art. 2015-present.
Sometimes & Formerly:
Co-Founder, No Coast/No Coast Editions. 2008-present.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Depts. of Fiber and Material Studies and Printmedia, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 2012-2018.
Studio Technician and Equity Committee, ACRE Residency. 2010-2017.
Organizer, Chances Dances. 2005-2017.
Editor-in-Chief, Monsters and Dust. 2009-2014.