ABOUT ETSUKO ICHIKAWA

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born artist who works in a variety of media, including film, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. Ichikawa describes her work as "a progressive study of what lies between the short-lived and the eternal." Their pyrography and aquagrapy are drawings with fire and water that perpetuate the immediacy of the moment.

Ichikawa’s works are exhibited internationally, including: The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been published in regional and national publications such as Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Glass Quarterly and Art Ltd.



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VITA, SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

  • Born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Resides in Seattle, WA since 1993

 

EDUCATION

1993-2000

  • Pilchuck Glass School summer sessions, Stanwood, WA

1991-1992

  • Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Kanagawa

1984-1987

  • BFA in Painting, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

  • Glass Pyrograph on paper, ponyhof artclub contemporary art, Munich, Germany

2013

  • Solo Exhibit, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA (forthcoming)

2012

  • Tracing the Light (workng title), Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, NY (forthcoming)
  • Trace, TASTE at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2011

  • Pyrograph & Aquagraph, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
  • NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral, University of Wyoming Art Museum, curated by Susan Moldenhauer, Laramie, WY

2009

  • Glass Pyrographs, Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Moment/Memory, Function+Art, Chicago, IL
  • Pyrograph, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
  • Trace, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington D.C.

2008-2009

  • Traces of the Molten State, Bellevue Arts Museum, curated by Stefano Catalani, Bellevue, WA

2008

  • Ephemeral Eternal, Davidson Contemporary, Seattle, WA

2007

  • Fluid Moment, Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2006

  • breath-memory, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004

  • Funiki: Floating Feelings, Viveza Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003

  • Shadow Installation, Kirkland Arts Center Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • Kokoro, In-Between, Gallery Mohri, Tokyo
  • Kokoro In-Between, ArtStage, Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, WA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

  • Elles: Featuring Northwest Women Artists, SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Spring Exhibition, D’ART Gallery, Hong Kong

2011

  • Seattle as Collector, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Bloom & Collapse, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010

  • Winter Haiku, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009

  • Elusive Elements, curated by Kathleen Moles, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
  • Visions of Eternity, PressItOn Art Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Abstracted Remains, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • West Coast Drawings, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 The East and The East, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2007

  • Postcards From the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, New York City
  • Mark, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • START, PRISM Contemporary Glass, Chicago, IL

2006

  • Contemporary Sculpture, Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Hardline Organics, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005

  • Raw & Refined, curated by Jess Van Nostrand, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA


SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2012

  • Individual Projects Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA (also in 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005)

2011

  • Nominated for The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York, NY
  • Nominated for Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore
  • Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY (for a solo exhibit NACHI at University of Wyoming Art Museum)
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC (for a solo exhibit NACHI at University of Wyoming Art Museum)
  • CityArtist Projects Grant, City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle
  • New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2009

  • Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
  • Americans for the Arts Funding, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

2008

  • Grants for Artist Projects, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
  • Media Literacy Scholarships, 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA
  • Special Projects Grant, Bellevue Arts Commission, Bellevue, WA
  • Visiting Artist, Hot Shop at Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA (also in 2005, 2004)
  • Jon and Mary Shirley Glass Scholarship, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
  • EDGE Professional Development Program Scholarship, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2002

  • Visiting Artist, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • George Tsutakawa Memorial Scholarship in Sculpture, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA


SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

  • Washington State Public Arts Commission
  • King County Portable Art Collection
  • Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Microsoft
  • Sumitomo Corporation of America
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
  • Hyatt Regency, Hawaii
  • PRIVATE COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS
  • In various countries including United States, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia
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