Kristine Aono, Lead Teaching Artist
Kristine is a sculptor and installation artist whose artwork explores themes of history, gender, race, and her Japanese-American heritage. She has had solo shows at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC) and the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles) as well as exhibiting at the Long Beach Museum of Art (CA), the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Evanston, IL), the National Academy of Design (New York City). Kristine has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts (Visual Artist/Public Project Grant) and the Maryland State Arts Council. Kristine has taught classes and workshops for all ages. She created and taught a mentorship program called ArtPartners for seven years before joining AOB.
Carien was born in Pretoria, South Africa and in December 2002 relocated to the USA. She holds a BA in Criminology & Psychology as well as a BA (Fine Arts). Her award winning work, widely exhibited in her native South Africa and in the USA, deals with the feminine principle, social and environmental issues and her experiences as a woman. She also creates mixed- media mosaic public art and as artist-in-residence she works with community groups, schools and non-profit organizations to create public art in their communities. She teaches a variety of workshops and classes to all ages both locally and internationally.
Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Athena is a visual artist and an alumna of AOB’s first studio crew. Most recently Athena curated PIVOT for AOB’s annual alumni exhibition. Her work is primarily experimental, self-instructive, and consists of learning processes provided through favors to family, friends, and acquaintances needing a photographer with whom they are familiar. The end result of these creative processes is a collection of work for investors and backers and a wide-ranging portfolio. She currently serves as the lead photographer for the Akata Documentary, which is in its final stages of filming, and is completing a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland-College Park.
Adjoa J. Burrowes is an artist, educator and author. As a printmaker, mixed media and installation artist, her collages, hand pulled prints, and sculptural paper installations have been exhibited throughout the U.S. Burrowes’ works on paper are included in collections at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; Brooklyn Art Library; Banneker Douglass Museum of Culture and History; The Southside Community Art Center; Art Colle Museum of Collage, Plemet, France; and the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. She earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from Howard University and an M.A. in Art Education at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Burrowes has studied with contemporary artists in Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has presented her work in the Virgin Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands and France. She has designed and implemented art workshops and residencies for cultural institutions throughout the nation including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for over 10 years; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Chicago Public Libraries; and the National Civil Rights Museum. Burrowes has illustrated over a dozen published children’s books, including three that she also authored.