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About the Artist

Yuki Nakamura (Tacoma) is from the Shikoku region in the southern part of Japan. She graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo in 1994, and earned a MFA degree from University of Washington in 1997. Yuki approaches ceramics as part of a multidisciplinary practice that integrates ceramic processes with sculpture, digital media, and architecture. She has had solo exhibitions at Peeler Art Center, DePauw University in Greencastle, SOIL Gallery, and Howard House Contemporary Art. Her multimedia collaborations have been featured at Henry Art Gallery, Santa Fe International New Media Festival, and Whatcome Museum. Yuki’s work has been reviewed in international art magazines, such as Art in America, Whitewall, Sculpture Magazine, and Ceramics Monthly. She has also been awarded numerous prestigious awards including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Artist Trust Fellowship, and the Joshibi Creative and Research Fellowship. She has participated in multinational artist-in-residence programs at Chateau de La Napoule in France, Novara Arte Cultura in Italy, Vermont Studio Center and Centrum. Her work is part of the Tacoma Art Museum permanent collection, the Microsoft Art Collection, and the Swedish Cancer Institute’s art collection. She is currently a member of ART BEASTIES, a Japanese Artist Collective based in New York.

Yuki received a 2010 GAP for financial support during, and to purchase materials associated with, the creation of a new work titled Fragmented. Comprised of cast porcelain sculptures and video art, Nakaura will create animated imagery and project them onto porcelain sculptures creating a line that looks like a drawing that has to come to life. Nakamura will explore evolving tactile effects on objects, and the contrast between porcelain skin and the digital image.

Yuki received a 2005 GAP to partially cover the cost of replacing a mid-size manual electric kiln with an automatic large kiln that includes digital control, a safety timer, and shelf kit. “My ceramic work requires intense and very time consuming firings, each taking up to 20 hours. With the challenges of daily life, uninterrupted studio time to create new work is increasingly difficult,” says Nakamura. Time saved with the new kiln will help prepare a new body of work, A Passage from Somewhere to Somewhere Else, to be shown as part of a solo show at Howard House Gallery in October 2005.

Yuki also received a 1999 GAP and 2002 Fellowship.

Artist's Addenda: In 2008, Yuki Nakamuru's artist monograph book was published.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I am very grateful to receive an Artist Trust Fellowship after working in the Pacific Northwest for 22 years. The Fellowship will bring significant financial support and success in creating new works for upcoming exhibitions. I am creating a new work for an exhibition entitled "In the Shadow of Olympus," exploring a theme of 2020 Tokyo Olympics in collaboration with Art Beasties. For the next five years, I am organizing exhibitions with Art Beasties in New York, Tokyo, London, Osaka, and Seattle. The Fellowship will support my traveling, shipping artwork, and accommodations.

Yuki Nakamura