NPS Board


Kay Flavell, Chair
Amy Berk
Alvaro Garcia
Myrna Hayes
Christina Hellmich
Ines Hernandez-Avila
Judith Hilburg
Edith Hillinger
James E. Kern
Joyce Jenkins
Mel Orpilla
Miro Salazar


NPS Advisors


Petra Kuppers
Dame Professor Anne Salmond
DBE FRSNZ FBA
Awhina Tamarapa




Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About New Pacific Studio

NPS, launched in 2001, promotes the growth of the creative community through its interdisciplinary artist residency programme, and collaborates with schools, museums and community groups on projects involving the arts and local cultural and natural heritage. We offer a quiet place for intensive creative work in an inspiring environment in Vallejo, Northern California. A Resident Director provides encouragement and facilitates local contacts and outreach.

Resident Director

As resident director, author and retired academic Dr Kay Flavell facilitates contacts with the local San Francisco Bay Area arts community, works with the NPS board to host regular Open Days, and pursues her own historical research. Current projects include Scandinavian-Pacific migration in the 1870s (especially to Mauriceville, New Zealand);an essay on working in the 1990s with Berlin-born photographer Gisele Freund (1908-2000), and a biography of Californian artist and portraitist Mary Curtis Richardson (1848-1931), who lived in the NPS house as a young girl.


NPS Vallejo Board

Amy Berk

is an artist and educator who, along with her studio practice, works collaboratively on a number of projects including the web publication stretcher.org and with the artists group Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC). She co-founded the Meridian Interns Program in 1996 and has most recently served as Chair for the Contemporary Practice program at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she has taught first-year students since 2006. www.amyberk.com First artist in residence at NPS Mt Bruce with fellow artist Andy Cox.


Kay Flavell

studied at the universities of Otago, London and Monash, exploring 18th - 20th century German cultural history, museum studies and cultural policy. Since 1990 she has fostered a Pacific-centered vision via a Pacific Bridges Project (1990-2001) and the creation of two artist residency programs in Mt Bruce, New Zealand and Vallejo,California.


Alvaro Garcia

was born in Havana, Cuba and has an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale. After sixteen years of solo and group exhibitions, he devoted himself to working with communities at risk and using the arts for social healing and community transformation. He is currently director of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Vallejo High School.


Myrna Hayes

is Founding President, Mare Island Heritage Trust, volunteer Preserve Manager Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Trust, Community Co-Chair Mare Island Restoration Advisory Board and co-founder and Festival Director San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival.


Christina Hellmich

is Curator in Charge, Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, De Young Museum. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, she has also worked at Peabody Essex Museum.


Ines Hernandez-Avila

is a poet and professor of Native American Studies, UC Davis. She carried out a residency at NPS Mt Bruce in the southern spring of 2009, concurrently with Norwegian artist Kari-Elise Mobeck and sociologist Johannes Sigurjonsson.


Judith Hilburg

assists with the care of the McCune Collection, a collection of rare books owned by the Vallejo Public Library. She is a well-known art collector with a special interest in textiles, and lives in a Julia Morgan house.


Edith Hillinger

studied at Cooper Union and has been a regular exhibitor in the Bay Area for many decades. In 2013 she has a solo exhibition, Fusion: A Collision of Cultures at the Offramp Gallery in Pasadena and group shows in Berkeley and New York.


James E. Kern

is director of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and author of Vallejo (Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2004)


Joyce Jenkins

is a poet and editor of Poetry Flash.


Mel Orpilla

'I am a martial artist, Filipino historian, tattoo enthusiast and world traveler.' Mel has also just taken up a new position as District Representative for US Rep. Mike Thompson.


Miro Salazar

is skilled at the translation of ideas into images for both print and web based design. For over 26 years, he has been working as an illustrator/graphic designer in the Bay Area. He graduated from the College of Music and Fine Arts, Manila, Philippines, with a Bachelorís Degree in advertising. 20 of his works depicting the First Nation people, natural resources, and wildlife of Southeast Alaska were commissioned by US Forest Service for the Southeast Alaska Visitor Center, Ketchikan.


Advisory Board

The role of Advisory Board members is to promote trans-Pacific exchanges between New Pacific Studio residencies and other cultural institutions and communities.


Petra Kuppers

is a community performance artist, a disability culture activist, and Professor of English, Art and Design, Theatre and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College (Port Townsend). She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Berkeley, California. Her travels take her regularly to Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia, where she researches and engages in community arts, social practice, and disability culture.


Dame Professor Anne Salmond DBE FRSNZ FBA

is a Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland and an eminent historian and writer. In 2013 she was named New Zealander of the Year for her contributions to cultural history. She was educated at Solway College, Masterton, and at the universities of Auckland and Pennsylvania. Her many books include two with a focus on early cross-cultural encounters in Aotearoa New Zealand, and three with a focus on Pacific encounters. She is a former chair of the NZ Historic Places Trust. Dame Salmond has graciously agreed to be a patron of New Pacific Studio.


Awhina Tamarapa

is Curator Maori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In 2012 she curated the stunning exhibition Kahu Ora/Living Cloaks at Te Papa. She also edited and contributed to Whetu Kakahu Maori Cloaks (Te Papa Press 2011).