Ruth Asawa at the opening of her exhibition “Completing the Circle” at the Oakland Museum of California in 2002. Seated next to her is her husband, Albert Lanier. (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto)

SAN FRANCISCO — A memorial celebrating the life of sculptor and arts education advocate Ruth Asawa will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Music Concourse Band Shell in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Known for her innovative artwork, including fountains in San Francisco and a Japanese American internment monument in San Jose, Asawa died on Aug. 6 at the age of 87. She founded the San Francisco Unified School District’s School of the Arts, which is now named in her honor.

Her works are in the permanent collections of  several museums, including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. near the Music Concourse. Attendees are welcome to view 15 of Asawa’s wire sculptures in the lobby.

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The exhibition “Ruth Asawa: Completing the Circle” at the Oakland Museum of California included many of the artist’s distinctive wire sculptures. (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto)

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  1. RIP Ruth, you left this world a better place simply cause you were in it.

    She was an angelic representation of hope and at the same time the sadness of a more mature disappointment or disillutionment., couple that with emotive dynamics of the Nikkei flavors and more, if like me, you are in her-age group. she’s simply drawing and painting about us.