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Reggie Meredith Malala

After receiving an MFA at San Diego State University in 1988, Reggie Meredith returned home to American Samoa. She now resides in the village of Leone. She is currently a professor in the Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College, and is also an appointed member for the American Samoa Council on Art, Culture and Humanities.

Meredith works in many different mediums, with tapa making being one of her most favorite. It gives her a chance to work with her Aunt Marylyn Pritchard and keeps her atune to the art form that her grandmother and great grandmother used to make.

As an illustrator however, Meredith's drawings can be viewed in the Samoan Word Book by Aumua Mataitusi Simanu and Fata Simanu Klutz, one of a series of international language books published by Bess Press of Hawaii. Her current illustrations are soon to come out in the children's book entitled The Wedding by Emma Kruse Vaai, and published by Niu Publications of Samoa.

Meredith has been featured in a few documentaries such as The Samoan Heart, directed by Ruth Tuiteleleapaga (Pacific Islanders in Communications), as well as Ein Tag im Paradis, a short film about American Samoa, directed by Georg Kellerman (Weltreisen German Radio and Television).

Meredith enjoys collaborating on big projects and was on the team for the newly built American Samoa Centennial Building in Utulei American Samoa, tackling and designing a three story mosaic piece, wainscott and glass designs. The architectural firm of Mark Lively and Associates received the Jack P. Lipman AIA award in excellence for the overall building design. Other projects include a mural collaborative with artist Mark Faulkner of the Solomon Islands for the Clarion Tradewinds Hotel in Tafuna American Samoa. Currently she is designing the logo for the 2008 10th Festival of Pacific Arts that American Samoa will host.

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