Anna Sew Hoy utilizes sculpture, ceramics, public art and performance to connect with our environment, and to demonstrate the power found in the fleeting and handmade. Her work has been at the forefront of a re-engagement with clay in contemporary art and is identified with a critical rethinking of the relationship between art and craft. 


Sew Hoy’s work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. Solo presentations of Sew Hoy’s work have been mounted at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; the MOCA Storefront, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Koenig & Clinton, New York; LAXART; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; the San Jose Museum of Art; and the California Biennial 2008 at the Orange County Museum of Art. Most recently, Sew Hoy was recipient of the 2021 Anonymous Was A Woman Award. In 2018 she was the inaugural Martha Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence at UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts. She was awarded a Creative Capital Grant for Visual Art in 2015 to support her public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto. She was awarded the California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists in 2013, and the United States Artists Broad Fellowship in 2006. Sew Hoy’s largest public sculpture to date, Psychic Body Grotto opened at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Spring 2017. She is Associate Professor and Ceramics Area Head at University of California, Los Angeles.


Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1976

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA





MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, NY


BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Solo Exhibitions



Art Omi, ‘Set Notions’, Ghent, NY


Various Small Fires, ‘The Wettest Letter’, Los Angeles, CA


Campbell Hall Gallery, ‘Blood Moon Proposition’, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Museum of Contemporary Art: storefront, ‘Anna Sew Hoy: Psychic Grotto Display,’ organized by Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles State Historic Park, ‘Psychic Body Grotto’, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Koenig & Clinton, ‘Invisible Tattoo’, New York, NY
  Aspen Art Museum, ‘Magnetic Between’, Aspen, CO
2015 Various Small Fires, ‘FACE NO FACE’, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Kings Road Park, ‘Look-see, LA><ART Public Art Initiatives installation’, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Various Small Fires, ‘Home Office’, Los Angeles, CA
2012  Romer Young Gallery, ‘Tissues &Trench Coats’, San Francisco, CA
2011 San Jose Museum of Art, ‘Nothing All Day: Anna Sew Hoy’, San Jose, CA
  Night Gallery, ‘Pass Over, Two Serious Ladies’, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. ‘Holes’, New York, NY