Lucas Artists Fellow

Originally from an island in the Puget Sound, Airyka studied film, photography and phenomenological anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2005. 

Airyka has completed residencies in India and the Czech Republic. The Lucas Artist Program at Montalvo Artist Center will be her first residency closer to home, as she has resided in San Francisco for the past 13 years. 

Over the past two decades Airyka has worked in many mediums including photography, collage, film, text, textiles and books.  She is also creatively involved in local fashion, food and editorial photography worlds.  Recent projects include collaborations with other artists, cooks and makers, including food projects, pop up shops, collage exhibitions and photography book design and editing.

More of her work may be seen at