Asia Tail is an artist, curator, and arts organizer based in Washington. Asia attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her studio practice includes oil painting, collage, beadwork, and other media. Asia was the recipient of the first Vadon Foundation Native Artist Fellowship, and was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People in 2019 by Seattle Magazine.
As an extension of her art making, Asia curates special projects and exhibitions, with an emphasis on Indigenous artists. In 2018, she co-founded yəhaw̓ with Tracy Rector and Satpreet Kahlon, curating the inaugural exhibition at Seattle’s King Street Station. yəhaw̓ is now a growing collective of interdisciplinary Indigenous creatives which features hundreds of artists working in a variety of mediums across Coast Salish territories. Past programs include art exhibitions, outdoor installations, performances, workshops and trainings, artist residencies, art markets, publications, partner events, online BLM solidarity campaigns, emergency mini-grants, virtual classes, web exhibitions, and other Covid-responsive projects. The yəhaw̓ collective hopes to eventually acquire a site for transformative land-based arts programming.
Asia also works as a Program Officer at Seattle Foundation. She is a freelance arts consultant for local organizations including Washington State Convention Center, Nia Tero, Johnson Ramirez Consulting, Seattle Aquarium, Chief Seattle Club, City of Tacoma, Spaceworks Tacoma, City of Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Potlatch Fund, Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront, ArtsWA, and Facebook, among others.
She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a proud member of the diverse Urban Native community in the Pacific Northwest.