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2017 Fellowship Recipient Yuki Nakamura’s 10 Year Vision

Megan Gallagher

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Yuki Nakamura, Drift Bottles, 11 x 76 x 132", 2016.

Yuki Nakamura has been creating ceramic and multidisciplinary art in the Pacific Northwest for over 21 years. Her work and collaborations have been featured at Henry Art Gallery, Howard House Contemporary Art, DePauw University’s Peeler Art Gallery, SOIL Gallery, and many others throughout the Seattle area and across the country. She is a member of the Art Beasties Japanese Artist Collective.

Yuki received a BFA from the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo and an MFA from the University of Washington. She completed artist residencies in France, New York, Italy, and Seattle, and awarded grants from organizations including Artist Trust, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and 4Culture.

In addition to showing her work in galleries, Yuki also creates public art installations. These include TransFORM at Bay Terrace in Tacoma and Filament at Seattle City Light, as well as works at Evergreen State College and Redmond’s Overlake Transit Center. She credits her participation in Artist Trust’s 2003 EDGE Professional Development program with helping her set the course for her impressive arts career.

“In [my] 10-year career vision,” she explains, “I wrote ‘My goal is to establish my art career exhibiting my work at national and international art venues and generating incomes from my art, including sales of artwork, teaching, grants, and public art.’ The most useful exercise was to have a larger picture of my future goal and share [it] with peer artists in my class. Rhonda Howard, one of the teachers who shared her experience as [a] curator and business owner, taught how to create sophisticated portfolio in depth including resume, statement, proposal, and cover letter.”

In 2017, Yuki received an Artist Trust Fellowship, which will help her create new works for an upcoming Art Beasties exhibition called In the Shadow of Olympus, which will explore the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Funding from the fellowship will also allow Yuki to travel and ship her artwork for exhibitions. She plans to spend the next five years organizing and displaying her work in Art Beasties exhibitions around the world.

Artist Trust is offering a series of professional development courses through Art Business Night School. Inspired by the content and curriculum of the EDGE Professional Development Program, Art Business Night School’s evening classes focus on teaching valuable, fundamental skills to help prepare participants for a career as an artist.

Learn more about Art Business Night School here.

Megan Gallagher is a writer from Redmond, Washington. She’s obsessed with libraries, art and radio, and aspires toward a future career in nonprofit communications and/or arts administration.