Banner, above: Permeable, by Jasmine Reid. Part of the permanent collection at Hume.
We want to display your art!
The Hume Center loves showcasing student art and we're looking to refresh our display! If you or someone you know has a piece of art, physical or digital, that you'd want to see featured at Hume or on the website, please send us an email. All art is returned to the artist after its residence.
The Hume Gallery is located in the lobby of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. From 2013-2015, the gallery featured student artwork created as a part of Your Art Here, a program of the Stanford Arts Institute, and has continued to host works on a yearly rotating basis. We are currently in the process of considering works for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year.
If you are part of a student group interested in curating and displaying your art, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela He — Exhausted and Anger
"The woman in Exhausted returns home after an exhausting day of pretending to be someone she’s not. At home, she finally takes off her mask, revealing how drained she feels. At times like these, she’s thankful for the invention of makeup—to make her feel pretty, to hide her tiredness, to ward off worried concerns. When someone finally sees the truth, her facade will crack open, like broken glass.
"Flowers are beautiful, aren't they? But the man uses the flowers to hide his real emotions. Beneath the petals lies a shadowy agony. He is angry but doesn’t feel like his anger is valid, so he hides behind his flowers. But not everything lasts. The petals drift off from his flower mask. One day, the flowers will be gone, disappearing petal by petal, and his true self will be revealed."
Madeleine Yip — Self-portrait
"Painting self-portraits are a way for me to disconnect from myself and to meditate myself. At Stanford, painting has been my place of refuge to cut out the noise and just be."
Soraya Fereydooni — Creative Limitations
"Soraya immigrated to the United States from Iran in 2015 and wanted to explore her capacity for art as soon as she reached college. She began her work with black and white film photography because she found it to be a more challenging process than working with digital photography. So began her collection of experiments in the dark room. The poetry written here over a selectively-exposed darkroom print is by the persona poet Sohrab Sepehri, explaining life as minutes ticking by."
Anna Lai — Skytree: Levels
"On a three-day trip to Tokyo, part of an Arts Intensive Course “Painting Engaging Stories,” Anna Lai was struck by the organization of the city: the built environment, from the subway lines to the incorporation of natural contemplative spaces hugged by an encompassing urban landscape. This collage shows some of the things Anna saw, and how the view she was afforded of the organized, bustling, exciting city changed dramatically when seen from different levels"
Tianxing Ma — Light Shower
"A light shower illuminating the soul. A light shower welcoming spring. Nature is magical. And Tianxing portrays the feeling of that realization."
Cathy Yang — People I Met Last Year and Untitled
"Cathy Yang is fascinated by the relationship between the richness of a painted surface and the intricacies of the human figure. Working in a figurative style that emphasizes planes and colors, she explores nuanced emotions and human connection in her paintings. These two square self-portrait paintings are representations from her perspective, but variances in light, color, shape, and angle contextualize the complexities of her personality and offer a textured representation."
2018 — Living Memory: A Cultural Awakening
Art by Students of Color From Across the Diaspora
Harry Cole — Photographs
"Stemming from my ethnic roots in the island of Guam, this work comes out of a personal meditation on the role Western religion, particularly Catholicism, plays in the lives of the colonized natives of the island. I hope these photographs challenge the viewer to contemplate the ethics of conversion without judgment, without simplification of the complex and powerful nature of a religious life."
Kevin Tanaka — Self-portrait
"This piece is a self-portrait. It depicts my naked chest, right arm, and face swallowing pills from a bottle in my room. As a mentally ill person, I am dependent on pills to go about my life at Stanford. For my mental health journey, it was critical that I be plain and honest about what I was experiencing. These moments were difficult and dramatic, but also liberating."
Ashley Faith Haney — Self-Portrait of a Bitch
"My Honors Thesis work and artistic practice is focused on exploring and uncovering the specific and sacred space the word “Bitch” holds in the memories, identity, and languages of young Black womxn and femme. This piece, inspired by a photo taken of my reflection in a mirror and a poem I wrote painted down my back, was created in continued pursuit of this work."
Mahalia Marie Hunt — Baskets
"The baskets you see here, by Alaska Native artists, are from areas close to where I am from. The baskets inspired me to think about my heritage and to write poetry that is transcribed on top of the photos of the baskets. These baskets made me think about myself as a contemporary Alaska Native artist, both with my poetry and with my beading."
Jasmine Reid — Permeable and Whisper
"As a young black girl raised in Boston, I spent years struggling to bricolage together an identity, and it wasn’t until college that I was meaningfully introduced to the African Diaspora. I immediately found solace in the idea of homes forged in spite of displacement, and I contextualize my work within this complex stream of bodies, technologies, cultural practices, and ideas."
Tamu Adumer — Portrait of Father
"This is a piece of my dad. As an Ethiopian immigrant in the United States, his story is one of loss, assimilation, and strength. Stylistically, I was inspired by Chinese-American painter, Hung Liu. Her work deals with cultural memory. A focal point in my piece are the tribal markings near my dad’s temple, for they remain, a permanent expression of cultural memory."
Cathy Yang — Untitled and Faces
Cathy Yang is interested in figurative painting. She loves to express the nuanced emotions she finds in places and people through her artworks. She is also interested in exploring her Chinese American identity through images and words. Outside of painting, Cathy is involved in the Asian American Theater Project.
2015 — Impact: The Collision of Expressions
Impact is a collection of photographs, paintings, and drawings that explore portraiture. Drawing on the Hume Center's goals to explore connections between the various communicative arts, these works combine visual and written expression and invite us to take a closer look and feel a closer connection between the artist and ourselves. Combining art with words, this exhibit displays and celebrates the powerful aspects of these two forms of self-expression. From Cameron Baughn's piercing gaze in Chimney Sweep to the whimsical lighting in Siqi Li's Self Portrait, each portrait is full of life and character that highlight the vibrant spectrum of personalities and artistic talent at Stanford.
Curators: Ari Echt-Wilson and Stephanie Wang
Featured artists: Siqi Li, Michelle Bae, Cameron Baughn, Laura Feigen, Lindsey Txakeeyang, and Allegra McComb