Month: March 2018

Grace Tang

Grace Tang, 18, is in her second semester as an Art History major and hopes to be a part of the art world in the future, whether as an artist or a curator at a museum.

Grace lived in Hawaiʻi until she was about 10 years old, when she moved to California. She moved back to Hawaiʻi with her family about a year ago to start a church. Grace’s father, a pastor, and mother had lived in Hawaiʻi two times prior for the same reason. He gives sermons for small groups on Saturday nights at Kalani High School. Grace has a close relationship with her family and said that they do everything together.

She prefers to draw or make collages when creating.

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