Thad Higa

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Thad is a Honolulu-based, self-taught graphic designer and bookmaker, with a heavy focus on concrete poetry, typographic design, the dialogue between visual and written language, and art book origami.

education
2011 graduate from Seattle University
with a BA in Creative Writing


writing
Thad Higa, “Addressing the Creative Netizen,” Digital Culturist, Issue 5, March 5, 2017.
Thad Higa, “Artist Interviews Himself,” The Box Jelly, July 12, 2019.


curator
2019 Regenerate! Book Arts in Hawaii co-curated with Minny Lee at Donkey Mill Art Center, Kona

book design
It Billows Up artist book designed for the Sontag Shogun, at Printed Matter, NYC

residencies
2019 Spring AIR at The Box Jelly

workshops
2018 Monthly tiny zine- and book-making workshops at Mori, Art & Flea
2019 Identity and zine workshops at Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawaii State Art Museum, and Mark’s Garage
2019 Walkabout, a psychogeographic walking tour and map-making exercise at da Shop Books in Kaimuki, Art World Escape, and Contact: Acts of Faith (collaboration with 88 Block Walks)


upcoming, ongoing
2021 O, with artist Tammy Nguyen at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn
202(?) Artist book and magazine designer for The Box Jelly


exhibits
2018 ArtInTime group exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum
2019 TRANSCENDIENTS: Immigrant Stories of Place, group exhibit in Thomas Square Park, Honolulu
2019 Contact: Acts of Faith, group exhibit at Mission Houses, Honolulu
2019 Millenary Bodies: the Exhibition solo exhibit at The Box Jelly, Honolulu
2019 Regenerate! Book Arts in Hawaii group exhibit at Donkey Mill Art Center, Kona

2021 O, with artist Tammy Nguyen at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn

2021 Meed 4: The Power of Identity finalist in group exhibit, at Gallery 19 Chicago

art fairs
2017 Honolulu Print and Book Fair
2018 Hawaii Zine Fest, Honolulu
2018 Honolulu Print and Book Fair
2019 Hawaii Zine Fest, Honolulu
2019 Honolulu Print and Book Fair (tabler & events coordinator)

blabbering

2019 Live interview and reading with It's Lit

2021 John Yau moderated artist talk with Tammy Nguyen

2021 Art World Escape talk with curator Marine Cornuet