Laura  Kina

Professor, Art, Media, & Design
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Artist website
‪Laura Kina is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, and Design. Kina is a visual artist whose research and teaching focuses on Asian American and critical mixed race history and representation.‬

‪She is the coeditor, along with Wei Ming Dariotis, of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013) and a co-curator of a related exhibition of the same title, which opened at the DePaul University Art Museum (April 25-June 30, 2013) and then traveled to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (August 9, 2013-January 19, 2014). War Baby/Love Child was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Art Works grant. Kina is a cofounder and coorganizer of the DePaul biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies conference and cofounder and consulting editor of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies.

Her solo art exhibitions include: Blue Hawaii (2014, 2015), Sugar (2010), A Many-Splendored Thing (2010) , Aloha Dreams (2007), Loving (2006), and Hapa Soap Operas (2003). She has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, the Rose Art Museum, the Spertus Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Between 2009-2014 the works in Kina's Devon Avenue Sampler series traveled to seven venues in India and the U.S. as part of a two-woman show Indigo: Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti. Her artwork has been published on the cover of Franklin Odo's Voices from the Canefields: Folks Songs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii; Cathy Schlund-Vial's Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing; and in Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, Embracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future, and The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation. Her 2011 "Issei" painting is featured in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's traveling banner exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.

Kina is a reviews editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas journal. She serves on the board member of The Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago and as an advisory board member of MAVIN in Seattle. Diversity MBA Magazine selected Kina as one of the 2012 "Top 100 Executives & Emerging Leaders Under 50."

Kina joined DePaul full time in 2003. She teaches studio arts classes in painting, drawing, and foundations as well as seminar courses for Global Asian Studies, The Sophomore Seminar in Multiculturalism program, and the Honors Program.‬ She also works with graduate students in the Women's and Gender Studies department and leads a study abroad trip to Okinawa, Japan. She has been named a 2014-2017 Distinguished Honors Faculty member. A member of the Vincent de Paul Society since 2009, Kina has served on the website subcommittee and is currently on the executive committee.