Kira Dominguez Hultgren

Kira Dominguez Hultgren is a California, Utah, and Minnesota based writer and textile artist. She studied French postcolonial theory and literature at Princeton University (B.A. Comparative Literature, 2003), and performance and fine arts in Río Negro, Argentina. From 2010-2012, she toured with an international women’s storytelling troupe, and was a featured teller at the Epuyén Regional Festival in Patagonia. While in Patagonia, she apprenticed with master weaver Mary Coronado, where Dominguez Hultgren studied the process and history of indigenous warp-faced weaving of Mallín Ahogado on a Mapuche vertical post loom.

Today, Dominguez Hultgren combines her interests in postcolonial theory, oral storytelling, and weaving, as she seeks to decolonialize the family stories of racial identity she grew up hearing and repeating.

Artist Statement

Kira Dominguez Hultgren’s weavings are motivated by her ancestral and ongoing negotiations of approximate assimilation, synthetic identities, and the excesses that stride beyond categorizations. Chicanx, Punjabi, Hawaiian, Black, White: tensioned generations on display, warped and striped. Parading indigeneity in handspun weft winding through strands of polyurethane globalization: seducing, choking, colliding, caressing, changing.

Curriculum Vitae



MFA Fine Arts and MA Visual and Critical Studies (anticipated), California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


Mapuche Textile Arts Apprenticeship, Ruca Mallín, Río Negro Province, Argentina


BA, Comparative Literature, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Teaching/Visiting Artist Lectures


Artist Lecture, “Material Rhetoric,” Craft Theory I, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

TA, California College of the Arts, Jacquard Weaving: Zeros and Ones, San Francisco, CA


TA, California College of the Arts, Contemporary Art History and Theory (Graduate Survey), San Francisco, CA

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions


Stitching and Weaving in the Digital Age, Résidence de France, San Francisco, CA

All College Honors Award Exhibition, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

Wingspan (Solo Exhibition), Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

MFA Exhibition I, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

This Message Has No Content, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Caught in the Fray,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA


The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Awards Exhibition,SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

TEXT TALES: Narrativity in Cloth & Thread,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA


The Immediate Archive,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA


Roots of the Maypole (Solo Exhibition), Codornices Park, Berkeley, CA, USA


Iconography of Loss, 24-hour outdoor installation (Solo Exhibition), Victoria, MN, USA


Duendes y Hadas de Fieltro, Antu Werken, Paraje Entre Ríos, RN, Argentina


La Teoria del Color, Escuela Micael, Paraje Entre Ríos, RN, Argentina

Lado Derecho, Centro Cultural, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina


Selected Stage and Radio Storytelling Performances


Epuyén Regional Festival, Epuyén, RN, Argentina

Salon Harmos, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

Centro Cultural Eduardo Galeano, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina


Cuentos Con Vos y Con Voz, La Goga Radio, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

Centro Cultural, Lago Puelo, RN, Argentina

Conference Papers and Panels


“Hawaii with an L: How Black and White Became Hawaiian in John Ford’s The Hurricane.” Paper presented at the Identities, Difference, and Power Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artists/Students of Color Experience in Higher Arts Education panel speaker, Murphy & Cadogan Equity in Arts Education Summit, SOMArts Cultrual Center, San Francisco, CA

Honors and Awards


Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Scholarship

CCA Curators Award

All College Honors 2018 Graduate Scholarship in Graduate Fine Arts Award


Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship, San Francisco, CA

Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Textiles, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016    Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Textiles, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA