Artist-in-Residence Project: A Portrait of People in Motion with Kerianne Quick

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Artist-in-Residence Project: A Portrait of People in Motion with Kerianne Quick

April 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Did you come to live in San Diego from another state? Another country?

Did your family or ancestors come from somewhere else?

Do you have a special object from that place?

Or a story about an object from that place?

  • An object that reminds you of home, of your family, or your ancestral history?
  • A snapshot, an item of clothing, a childhood toy, an heirloom?
  • Something you no longer physically have, but only remember?
  • A favorite song, your mothers recipe, the smell of your granddads workshop?

YOU are invited to share a personal object or object memory – significant to your own migration story, or that of your family.

A Portrait of People in Motion honors and collects migration stories of Americans new and long-established. NAM Artist-in-Residence Kerianne Quick and the New Americans Museum invite you to participate in this project that will paint a portrait of our city through objects brought or left behind during migration journeys.

Through digital scanning and 3d printing – your object will be documented and then recreated as part of an art installation designed by Artist-in-Residence Kerianne Quick. Your story will be archived along with the 3d printed recreation of your object in text or audio format at the New Americans Museum.

You can participate in several ways! It’s simple.

Which category applies to you? Select one and make an appointment.


Objects CarriedObjects RememberedObjects of History, and Future Objects.

Objects Carried

Did you experience a migration journey first hand? What did you bring with you? Objects Carried documents objects brought on a migration journey and the first-hand story of the person who carried it.

Objects Remembered

What did you leave behind when you decided to leave? Objects remembered documents the stories of the things left behind. Participants can bring photographs, make a drawing, or simply give a written or verbal description of the object, and a story connected to it.

Objects of History

Do you have a teacup that your great grandmother brought from the old country? Objects of History documents objects carried on a migration journey by relative, and the second or third-hand stories of your ancestors who experienced a migration journey.

Future Objects

What about if you had to leave your home today? For Future Objects participants bring objects that answer the question “If your house were burning, what would you take on your way out the door?” I will collect the story of the object and ask why is this important, and what is the plan for the future of this object?


Documentation of Objects and Stories will be by appointment (walk-in’s are welcome too – if appointments are not full).

Click here to make your appointment.



Kerianne Quick is an internationally recognized artist and Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University. Kerianne has produced several bodies of material specific work considering subject matters that range from communal sheep farming practices in the Orkney Isles to the derelict brickyards of New York’s Hudson Valley. With her creative practice, Kerianne aims to tell hidden stories through object making – by considering source, conveyance, and material specificity. Her research is rooted in exploring craft and materiality as cultural phenomena with an emphasis on jewelry and personal objects. Highlights from her exhibition record include the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, the Salon del Mobile in Milan, and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, as well as private collections.



April 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Road Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92106 United States