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Sandra Honda (she/her) is a Japanese American visual artist and writer based on Kalapuya land now known as Eugene, Oregon. She works to elevate less heard voices and stories by invoking historical, contemporary and social narratives. In 2018, she left her career as a speechwriter and scientist to redirect her focus toward using art and writing to interrogate what it means to be Asian and American in today’s America. Informed by the Japanese American experience of ethnically-based mass incarceration during World War II, her drawings, paintings, digital works, assemblages, and installations draw a historical throughline of anti-Asian activities in the U.S. from the 1800s to today. In 2022, she initiated a social practice focused on climate change in which she broadened her toolkit to include sculpture. This climate change-related work draws on her career addressing climate, ocean and science policy through her speechwriting work.

She often collaborates with Taiwanese composer and sound designer Mei-ling Lee to create interactive installations enriched by sound and lighting environments. Since moving to Eugene in 2018, Honda has exhibited (selected) in the Mayor’s Art Show (Eugene, 2020), Arts Northwest Biennial (Roseburg, 2021), Eugene’s Windowfront Exhibition (2022), Maude Kerns Art Center (Eugene, 2022), The Reser Center for the Arts (Beaverton, 2022), the University of Oregon Adele McMillan Gallery (EMU, 2023) and Walters Cultural Arts Center (Hillsboro, 2023). She is a recipient of grants from the Oregon Arts Commission (2022) and Lane County Cultural Commission (2024). She was the first artist selected for two consecutive years of residency at Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture (2022, 2023).

Honda was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where her family relocated after their incarceration in America’s concentration camps (Tule Lake and Minidoka) during World War II.



Invisible Possibilities, The Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Oregon.



​Asian Celebration Art Exhibit, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, July 19-30, 2023

PERFORMANCE: Healing Interrupted, with Mei-ling Lee, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, Oregon, February 7, 2023.

re-member, Mika Aono & Sandra Honda, Walters Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, February 7-March 24, 2023.


Fault Lines: The Japanese American Experience (invited), Sandra Honda, University of Oregon Adell McMcillan Gallery, January 3-February 2, 2023.


Invisibilia (invited), Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee & Jefferson Goolsby, The Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Oregon, June 21-August 7, 2022.

Asian/American Contemporary Women Artists (invited), Eugene Cultural Services Windowfront Exhibition, 224 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR, July 1 - November 14, 2022

Salem on the Edge Gallery, group show guest artist, July 1-30, 2022

Social Being, Kathleen Caprario, Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, Charly Swing & Kerry Weeks, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, January 14 - February 11, 2022.


2021 Artworks Northwest Biennial Exhibit, June 11-August 20, 2021. Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon, juried selection 2021 (Grace Kook-Anderson, juror)

Asian Celebration Fine Art Exhibit, May 7-July 7, 2021, 856 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon

ArtCity Studios on Broadway @ Eugene Airport, Main Terminal, October 26, 2020 - January 20, 2021


Mayor's Art Show, juried selection 2020, City of Eugene, Oregon, August 7-September 8, 2020 ​

A Change of Space (online fundraiser and members show) Maude Kerns Art Center, April 13-May 15, 2020



Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR, November 2019

Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Sequoia Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, October 2019

Plein Air Painters of Lane County Group Show, Saginaw Vineyards, Saginaw, OR, Summer 2019



Mixed Media & More!, Group Show, May 26-28 - Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

Transient Moments, Group Show, April 7-27- Culture Coffee Too, 300 Riggs Rd NE, Washington, DC 20011


Interlude, 4-person show, New Masters Art Gallery, Rockville, MD

7th Annual Yellow Barn Drawing Show, Yellow Barn Gallery and Studio, Glen Echo, MD


Honorable Mention, Yellow Barn Annual Holiday Members Show (juried), Glen Echo, MD, Honorable Mention Award for "Blue Nude" (2016)

Students of J.Jordan Bruns, November 5-6, 2016,  Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland


Juried Selecton "Plated," Washington ArtWorks, Rockville, Maryland

Students of Gavin Glakas, October 30-November 1, 2015, Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland

A Show of Summer, group show, Summer 2015 Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland


Rising Tide. Students of Glen Kessler, Washington Art Works, Rockville, Maryland

Women's Club of Potomac Art Show and Sale, Potomac, Maryland

Colored Pencil

2006     Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil," Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,
             Chestertown Art League, Chestertown, Maryland

2004     Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,"

             Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, Maryland


2022 & 2023 Pine Meadows Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture, Sisters, Oregon


2024    Lane County Cultural Commission Grant

2022    Oregon Arts Commission, Career Opportunity Grant, 2022


2023  "From Silence to Activism: One Artist's Journey," Minidoka Pilgrimage 2023, Hunt, Idaho

2022  "Invisibilia Book Discussion," The Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Oregon

2022  "Invisibilia: Artist Talk," The Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Oregon

2022  "Invisibilia: Artist Q&A," The Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Oregon

2022  "Social Being Artist Panel," Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon

2021  "Social Justice in the Visual Arts," panel discussion, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene Oregon


2023  Workshop leader, Oregon State University SMILE Program, handcasting workshops for middle and high school students (STEAM programming), April  4-5, 11-12, & 18-19, 2023 at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

2022 Juror, Lane Community College High School Art Exhibition 2022, Eugene, OR

2021 Judge, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2021, Lake Oswego, OR

2021 Juror, Mayor's Art Show 2021, Eugene, OR


2023-24  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Youth Education Advisory Committee

2023-24  Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture Committee


Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on "Inevitable Transitions" by Kum-Ja Lee Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 13, 2020,

Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on Josh Sands' "Breathe, Step, Arrive." Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 29, 2019,


"Erasing Boundaries Through Art," Nugget News, October 20, 2023.

"Storytelling & Historical Narrative in Visual Art," HillsboroArts Magazine, Winter 2023.

Cathy Carroll, "Interactive Art: Hands on the Land," Roundhouse Foundation News & Highlights, November 2022.

Beth Sorenson, "Loss, Memory and Connection at the Reser," Oregon Artswatch, July 2022

Mary Bell, "Women’s Perspectives on Display, Maude Kerns Art Center Hosts ‘Social Being’,' March 14, 2022,

Sandy Brown Jensen, “Intriguing, Intelligent, Interactive Installations: “Social Being” at Maude Kerns Art Center," VizCity, KLCC (NPR affiliate station), 2022.

Matthew Denis, "Eugene Cultural Services' 2021 Visual Arts Week promises to be a creative extravaganza," The Register Guard, 2021.

Sandy Brown Jensen, “Mono no aware”: Asian Celebration Storefront Art and "Discoveries" at the Karin Clarke Gallery, VizCity, KLCC (NPR affiliate station), 2021.


Asian American Women Artists Association (San Francisco), member

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