Alma Sheppard-Matsuo                                                     illustrator         designer          puppeteer                                          asheppardmatsuo@gmail.com

Alma is a visual and theater artist who draws inspiration from folklore, people's histories and community stories.  Receiving her BFA in traditional animation from the School of Visual Arts in 2010, she has worked with a number of puppetry and theater groups like the People's Puppets, Great Small Works, Bread & Puppet and Chinese Theatre Works.   Her illustration work has been featured in multiple publications; newspaper, magazine and theatrical productions.   She has worked with social grassroots organizations such as the War Resister's League, Free University NYC and Milk Not Jails.

When she is not making art, she teaches art in various community programs across NYC.

 

More of her work can be found on tumblr - bunnymermaid.tumblr.com

 

 

 

Bunnymermaid is named after drawings of bunny-mermaids Alma would make as a 3 year old.  Her grandmother suggested it would be a good name for a studio.  This website is named in memory of her.

 

EDUCATION

Bread & Puppet Theater, apprenticeship, 2012  (Glover, VT)

School of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2010  (New York, NY)

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

Feb 2015      Seeing Stories, solo show at Littlefield, Brooklyn NY

Jan 2015       WinTour Variety Show, Pizza Speakeasy, New Orleans LA

Dec 2014      Open Call Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Nov 2014     Nha Minh Grand Opening, 485 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn NY

Sept 2014     Our Climate Projected: 15 Artists Respond to Climate Change, Brooklyn Roasting Co., NY

June 2014     Never Alone, online exhibition, http://neveraloneart.org/artworks/

Mar 2014      Unbound: A Tribute to Aaron Swartz, ThoughtWorks, NY

Dec 2012       ARTSTRIKE, online exhibition, http://artstrike.tumblr.com/

 Oct 2011       No Comment, pop-up exhibit in Financial District, NY

 

 

PUBLIC & COMMUNITY WORKS

April 2015     Mask and Movement workshop, Visva-Bharati University, India

Dec 2014       Sun Wu Kung - Monkey King, Chinese Theatre Works, painter

Sept 2014      Decolonize Climate Justice, Free University, illustrator

July 2014      "Out of the Box and Over a Barrel", Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn NY, painter & puppeteer

June 2014     All In the Red (student movement organization), illustrator

May 2014      May Day Free Education, Free University, illustrator

2012 - 14        Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee, creates spectacular, razor-sharp Purim spiels, member

Oct 2013        Helix Queer Performance Network, designer

Nov 2012      Chang-Er Flies to the Moon, Chinese Theatre Works, painter

2011-13         The People's Puppets, member

 

 

PRINTED & PUBLISHED WORKS

l'Humanité [France] Sept 2014, Posters for Gaza Initiative (newspaper), contributor

 

Renson, Krempasky, and Schubert: Developing Trans* Competence, Jan 2014, illustrator

 

Tablet Magazine, multiple article illustrations:

             Rosenbaum, Judith: "But Mommy, Am I Going to Get Breast Cancer When I Grow Up", Oct 2013

             Schlanger, Margo: "In the Story of Jonah, an Urgent Lesson About Solitary Confinement", Sept 2013

             Glausiusz, Josie: "New Jewish Rituals Offer Comfort to Women Who Have Had Abortions", Aug 2013

 

Multiple theatrical posters:

            Goose Girl, directed by Raphael Mishler, Dec 2013

            Human Fruit Bowl, directed by Jesse D. Hill, May 2013

            Queerspawn, directed by Jesse Geiger, Jan 2013