AWE Traveling Exhibit at the UCSF Koret Center
“Community is a Process,” Mission Neighborhood Centers class exhibit at the Tenderloin Museum with AWE Instructor Hugh Leeman and Tenderloin Museum Gallery Director Katie Conry

“I enjoyed the fun time and beautiful exhibit of so many talented Elder Artists. We are no longer “invisible or isolated” in the community! I’m inspired and might like to join them in the near future 🤩🌈💐”
Harry Wong – Curry Senior Center Opening

View our Exhibits Schedule

The Art With Elders Traveling Exhibits Program spotlights the creativity and vitality of our elder artists, and provides them with a presence, and a pathway to staying active and visible, in the community. Mobility can be an issue as we age, but it does not need to keep us from engaging fully, we can use the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.

Through AWE’s Traveling Exhibits Program, artists stay connected to and visible in the community. AWE Program Artists create art in the classroom all year round, and are invited to enter work for our Annual Exhibit. In addition to exhibits of classwork done at our Partner Communities, each year, 100 representative artworks are chosen from about 400 entrants to be featured in our Annual Exhibit. Each artwork is displayed with a photo and biography of the artist. After the opening event for the artists, the works go out into the community to be exhibited in a variety of venues and online presentations throughout the year. Our exhibit venues have included the San Francisco International Airport, War Memorial Performing Arts Center, Rincon Center, Kadist Gallery, The UCSF Memory and Aging Center, the USF Koret Center, and many more. The works reach an estimated 500,000 viewers. For many, this sharing of art and community increases positive self-esteem and can have transformational emotional effects.

Works donated to AWE by the artists are for sale, proceeds directly support our ongoing programming. If you are interested in purchasing art please contact us at

Please see our Exhibit Schedule for more information.

AWE at Genentech
This exhibit, hosted by STAGES at Genentech, features artworks created by seniors participating in the Art With Elders (AWE) program. The exhibit is on display in buildings 34, 35, 42, and in The Edge Café through August 31. The exhibiting artists represent a diverse cross section of older adults from around the San Francisco Bay Area. Works are available for sale in the AWE Store.

Highlights Video

Asif, Hamida – Blue Cliffs – On Lok Peralta

Backlund, Eugene – Tropical, Flowers Golden Gate Park – Golden Gate Health Care

Bhatnagar, Usha – Home Away from Home – On Lok Peralta

Baillie Keith – Eukaryotic Cell Xsection – Openhouse

Bixby, Patricia – Untitled – Heritage on the Marina

Chan, Victoria – Falls – Cypress Golden Gate

Chen, Yu – Plein Air – Oak Center Towers

Chi, Sr. Madeline – Street Scene – Oakwood Atherton

Darcie, Barbara – Red Flowers – Central Gardens image

Duan, Qi Zhen – My Hometown – Oak Center Towers

Dubowsky, Miriam – Grazing – the Reutlinger Community

Fleming, Mary – Her Smile – Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center

Galinato, Natividad – Golden Gate Reflection – Curry Senior Center

Gibler, Louise – Still Life after Matisse – Lytton Gardens

Higgins, Irene – Put Down the Devices – On Lok Gee Center

Howard, Doris – Untitled – Heritage on the Marina

Ishiwatari, Tomiko – Abstract Series #1 – Laguna Honda

Kirkpatrick, Scott – Homage to Fernand Leger – Stella’s Care Home

Klug, Gretchen – Pink Panther – Raksha Care Home

Kristich, Yelena – Open Mind – Western Park Apartments

Lafferty, Chieko – De Kooning Woman – Western Park Apartments

Learned, Gloria – Bluebird – Heritage on the Marina

Leavitt, Jim – American Graffiti – Raksha Care Home

Lee, Rose – Untitled – Eden Villa

Li, Francis – The Red Vase – Western Park Apartments

Lindgren, John – California Dreamin’ – Laguna Honda Hospital

Mapp, Leleticia – Hearts – Excell Healthcare

Marenco, Blanca L., El Bano de Burbujas (Bubble Bath) – Mission Neighborhood Centers

Marenco, Blanca L. – La Casa Bonita – Mission Neighborhood Centers

Marksman, Ida – Bathers – Laguna Honda Hospital

Matsuda, Kay – Mermaid’s Domain – The Sequoias

McFarland, Jeff – Two Creatures – Laguna Honda Hospital

Meek, Bess – Mystifying Walk in Central Park – The Reutlinger Community

Nelson, Robert – California Beach – The Carlisle

Ng, Nina – Messy – Aspen Pacific Heights

Ojeda, Philip – Light House – On Lok Peralta

Ouyang, Kekun – Tiger and Eagle’s War – Oak Center Towers

Picirillo, Teresa – Warrior Woman with Bear – Laguna Honda

Plansky, Frances – Tiger – Central Gardens

Rankin, Jean – Traffic Lights – Raksha Care Home

Sacks, Celia – Untitled – Vintage Golden Gate

Shipman, Willie – Untitled (fabric Collage) – Aspen Healthcare

Sok, Robert – Italy – On Lok Gee Center

Sourivong, Lotchanna – Colorfield, Blue and Gray – Laguna Honda Hospital

Stokes, Carl – The World Inside – Laguna Honda Hospital


Trujillo, Maria – See Food – UCSF MAC

Wilkensen, Erik – Still Life with Herring 2- Ida’s Care Home

Wong Toy, Lucille – Untitled – Raksha

Wu, Zhi Ming – Ducks by the Lake – Oak Center Towers

Xi Fen Zhen – Colorful Still Life – Grove Street Extended Care

Yee, Cherk – Circle of Shrimp – Agesong laguna Grove

Pearl Yue – Old Woman – Western Park Apartments


Art With Elders at the Curry Senior Center –
Community Partner Feature
On location and online exhibit – May 19 – July 31, 2022
Opening Event at the Curry Senior Center Thurs. May 19, 2-4pm
315 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

3D Gallery View:

Web View:

AWE Artists of The Curry Senior Center

Elisa Benedicto

Oh Deer Penguin

Cecilia dela Cruz

Untitled Sunflowers
Carnibal San Francisco Skyline
Japanese Pagoda  

Virginia Navarro

Untitled Untitled
Untitled Untitled
Japanese Pagoda Little Lamb

Maria Nelita Garcia

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Love Birds

Emelita Torio

Carnibal Rice Terraces Baguio City, Philippines
San Francisco Skyline Japanese Pagoda

Patricia Hayashi

Abstract #1 Abstract #2
Abstract #3 Abstract #4

Lisa Grace Benedicto

The Old Pickup  

AWE at Curry Senior Center Event Video

“A Visual Story Through Self” – Artists from the Art With Elders (AWE) program at Openhouse Bob Ross LGBTQ Senior Center and Coventry Place
by Spike’s Coffees and Teas
Tues. Jan. 4 – Mon. Jan. 31, 2022

A Visual Story Through Self

This exhibit, “A Visual Story Through Self,” features art and artists from the AWE program at the Openhouse Bob Ross LGBTQ Senior Center. Openhouse works to center the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults by providing opportunities to make social connections and build community. These artists encompass the dynamic diversity that enriches San Francisco. Their artworks were made in community art classes with Art With Elders. AWE uses technology and art to bridge the isolating divide of the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic. This show represents a rich tapestry of varied perspectives woven together through the dynamic language of visual art. These artists’ visual stories remind us that connection is an ongoing creative process that results in an ever-evolving community. 

AWE at SF Women Artists

Tues. Jan. 11 – Fri. Mar. 4, 2022 – AWE at San Francisco Women Artists
647 Irving Street at 8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Opening Reception – Sat. Jan. 15, 2022, 2-4 pm

Featuring women of AWE and their work:
Hamida Asif – “Blue Cliffs” – On Lok Peralta
Victoria Chan – “Falls” – Cypress Golden Gate
Leleticia Mapp – “Hearts” – Excell Healthcare
Ida Marksman – “Bathers” – Laguna Honda Hospital
Bess Meek – “Mystifying Walk in Central Park” – The Reutlinger Community
Nina Ng – “Messy” – Aspen Transitional Healthcare Pacific Heights
Teresa Picirillo – “Warrior Woman with Bear” – Laguna Honda Hospital
Lotchanna Sourivong – “Colorfield Blue & Gray” – Laguna Honda Hospital
Yu Chen – “Plein Air” – Oak Center Towers
Irene IrishH Higgins – “Crane by the Shore” – On Lok Gee Center
Yelena Khristich – “Open Mind“ – Western Park Apartments
Gretchen Klug – “Home” – Raksha Care Home
Chieko Lafferty – “DeKooning Woman” – Western Park Apartments
Gloria Learned – “Bluebird” – Heritage on the Marina
Vanita Shah – “Log House” – On Lok Peralta
Maria Gladys Trujillo – “See Food” – UCSF Memory and Aging Center

A Few of Our Past Exhibits:

“Community is a Process” – AWE at the Tenderloin Museum
Featuring artists from the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Coventry Place, and Laguna Honda Hospital

November 4, 2021 – January 7, 2022

“Community is a Process” is an exhibit featuring artists of the Art With Elders program and hosted by the Tenderloin Museum. The exhibiting artists are residents of the urban heart of San Francisco, although most originate from other parts of the world. The featured works speak to the continuously evolving process of building community in the midst of change, and many reflect expressions of the immigrant experience. Come out and learn about this diverse group of senior artists, and join the conversation. Share your impressions of the works and your notions of community building on our Community Conversation Board.

View a preview of the art on display below (click through- 5 pages):

Tenderloin Museum Exhibit Map


Holiday Showcase at Kadist SF One Rincon Center

AWE at the Sequoias


Art Institute of California SF – Culinary Program
San Francisco International Airport