East Meets West Joint Print Exhibition
I was the exhibition coordinator as well as participating artist for this Tokyo/Kalamazoo
print exchange. My accomplishments include: developing the prospectus and catalog,
applying for and receiving grant support, writing an article for national journal
(Graphic Impressions), and presenting and promoting this 120 piece print show.
Exhibition sites include:
Little Cities Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI (July 2004)
Towa Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan (Sept. 2003)
2004 Press Release
Fostering Knowledge and Understanding Between
A joint exhibition entitled East Meets West will showcase 120
prints by artists from Kalamazoo, Michigan and Tokyo. The exhibit
July 9 and runs through August 31 at Little Cities Gallery, located
at 232 North Kalamazoo Mall, in Kalamazoo. This will be the second
showing of this joint international exchange — the first
took place in Tokyo in September 2003.
The East Meets West exhibition will feature woodblock prints made
in the Japanese tradition. This grassroots project was in development
for two years, headed by Kalamazoo artist Mary Brodbeck, who also
taught courses in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking at
the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts as an outreach component of this
exhibit. In 1998, Brodbeck studied traditional woodblock printmaking
with master Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo, through the auspices of
a Japanese BUNCA-CHO Fellowship. The fellowship was established
to enable foreign artists to learn traditional Japanese arts and
to foster knowledge and understanding between cultures. In this
spirit, Brodbeck and her mentor Funasaka were the organizers of
this international exchange.
The forty Japanese participants showcasing their woodblock prints
are all students or followers of Mr. Funasaka. Many of them will
also make the trek across the globe to Kalamazoo to attend the
opening reception to be held on Friday, July 9. From the twenty
Kalamazoo area participants, many are graduates from the print
department at Western Michigan University. Other community participants
have associations with the print department at the Kalamazoo Institute
of Arts or Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.
The Japanese artists include: Hiroko Akatsu, Eishi Asami, Etsuko
Abe, Choko Amma, Mariko Ishiguro, Mayuna Ishijima, Masaomi Utsunomiya,
Shunzo Endo, Ikuko Ono, Shotaro Kasahara, Akira Kawanabe, Tsuneo
Kitamura, Yuko Kimura, Yomeko Koike,Yasuko Koseki, Mitsuko Sakurauchi,
Masaka Sato, Norko Shimada, Lois Johnson, Chihaya Sugitani, Mototsugu
Suguyama, Hiroshi Suzuki, Toshio Takama, Masko Takiuchi, Yae Tsukada,
Sakae Tsuneoka, Sayoko Tsunematu, Shinichi Nunomura, Kanako Hamaguchi,
Toshihiko Hosoda, Tsuneko Makishima, Mamoru Makino, Chizuko Matsumura,
Kenji Yamaguchi, Hideo Yamamoto, Hajime Yamato, Hiroshi Yokoyama,
Shiho Wadabayshi and Yoshisuke Funasaka.
The Kalamazoo area artists include: Ellen Armstrong, Julian Cox,
Kate Demke, Michael Dunn, Cindi Ford, Donna Groot, Ladislav Hanka,
Jerry Harty, Bev Hundley, Debbi Hands Kreps, Alexandrea Lau, Deborah
Mattson, Carol Maus, Garrylee McCormick, Thomas Mills, Christine
Olson, Sydnee Peters, Nancy Stroupe, Vicki VanAmeyden, Lynita Shimizu
and Mary Brodbeck.
This exhibition was funded in part through the Arts Funds Grant
facilitated by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.