world artist
Fujiko Isomura

Madison, WI (Stati Uniti)


F. I.
print on  paper,  22"x28" cm, 1998


Journey Within -Donbrakokko
print on  paper,  21"x30.5" cm, 2000


print on  paper,  22"x17" cm, 1998


Story of Veranda -Nusumigiki
mixed media on  paper,  21"x30.5" cm, 2000




Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, it was not necessary to see myself as an individual unique woman because blending in with others gains security within the society. Therefore, when I came to America, I did not know what kind of person I really was. By the experiences of being in a different culture, I have started to realize the existence of "myself" more clearly. Throughout this experience, I began to develop my own ideas of life. "Happiness and harmony in life comes from the recognition of individual differences and the sharing of good hearts and thoughts." In everyday life, we are influenced by each other without knowing it. This is what my artwork is about.

Many cultures have applied gold leaf to pictures. It came to Japan from China and Korea along with the Buddhist faith and the painting of icons. In the sixteenth century, Japan developed its own unique styles and techniques, especially in secular painting. This is the style I use in my work today. As the modern artist I begin my work by computer manipulation, collaging, and the printing of images. I then return to the formal art techniques of painting and gold leafing to complete my work. In my work I bring together old and new icons and images from American and Japanese culture. These combination of images represent the history of two cultures as well as my personal thoughts about the world I have experiencing.

In the middle of rapid globalization, I would like to share my passion, experiences, and visions of experiencing different cultures through my artwork, and perhaps to make the world more aware of what we are and the times we live in.

Curriculum vitae:

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1995-1998, M.F.A.
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1992-1995, B.A.
Musashino Art University Postgraduate Courses of Junior College of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan, 1989-1992, A.A.

Second Place, "Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2001", Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, WI, 2001. Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI, 2002. (Jurors: Frank Lewis, Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the Wriston Art Center Gallery at Laurence University, WI. Robert Lee Mejer, Professor and Chair, Department of Art, Quincy University, IL.)
First Place, "Fourth International Open", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2001. (Juror: Janet Bloch, Artist)
Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship, 2000.
Best of Show, "Viewing Contemporary Culture", Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ, 1999. (Juror: Don Camp, Artist)
Printwork Award, "Printwork '99 -Sixth Annual National Juried Printmaking Exhibition", Barrett Art Center/ Dutchess County Art Association, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1999. (Juror: Claire Bell, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC)
Diane R. Bailey Award, "The 42nd Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art", The Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY, 1999. (Juror: Dr. Annegreth T. Nill, Curator of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art)
Yeiser '99 Award, "Yeiser '99", Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, 1999. (Juror: William Hawk, Assistant Professor of Art, Missouri University, Columbia)
Juror Recognition Award, "11th Annual National Art Competition", Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1999. (Juror: Marti Mayo, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX)
Third Place, "1999 KCAD Juried Competition", Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999. (Juror: Kim Humphries, Exhibition Designer, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati Ohio)
Honorable Mention, "6th National Juried Art Exhibition", Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY, 1999. (Juror: Jennifer Yum, Lecturer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)

"The Wisconsin - Saitama Art Exchange 2002", Saitama Museum of Contemporary Art, The Inoue Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, October 1-8, 2002.
"My Story", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, May 24-June 20, 2002.
"Group Show", The Sewickley Gallery, Sewickley, PA, March 16-April 13, 2002.
"Strange Attractors, No Boundaries", The Porter Butts Gallery, Wisconsin Union Galleries, Madison, WI.

"Work of Fujiko Isomura", University of Wisconsin-Marshfield, WI.
"Pulcheria Arte", The Cultural Association 218ac, Palazzo S.Pietro, Piacenza, Italy.
"Challenging the Model Minority Myth", Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA.
"A Sampling of PCNJ Award Winning Artists", Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ.
"Fourth International Open", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
"Art of Fujiko Isomura", Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ.
"Recent Works", Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison, WI.

"An Exhibit of Award-Winning Wisconsin Artists", Promega Gallery, The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, Madison, WI.
"Mixed Medium Printmaking (CitiARTS Exhibition)", Gallery I, Municipal Building, Madison, WI.
"MatrixArts International 2000", MatrixArts, Sacramento, CA.
"A National Juried Exhibition on the Seven Virtues", College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN.
"By the Palette, For the Palate", Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
"The Dec 99-Jan 00 Juried Competition", Gallery 210, Syracuse, NY.
"Art at the Millennium", The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY.
"Pointing Fingers 2000", Vanguard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.

"The 1999 Wisconsin Triennial", Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.
"Reflections", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
"Fifth Annual International Exhibition of Women's Art", SOHO20, New York, NY. (Juror: Debra Singer, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.)
"15th Annual National Juried Exhibition Works on Paper", The Berkeley art Center, Berkeley, CA. (Juror: Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.)
"Regional VI Exhibition", ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.
"The 23rd Fred Wells National Juried Exhibition", Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE. (Juror: Daphne Anderson Deed, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Yale University Art Gallery.)
"Fujiko Isomura & Sergio Soave -Ink Jet Color Prints", Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI.
"Sixth Annual Members' Show", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
"12th Annual McNeese National Works On Paper Exhibition", McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA. (Juror: Warrington Colescott, Printmaker.)
"Multiple Perspectives -National Juried Print Exhibition", Esther Allen Greer Museum of Fine Art, University of Rio Grande, OH.
"11th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition", Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. (Juror: Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Baltimore Museum of Art.)
"1999 North American Print Exhibition", Boston Printmakers, Boston University, MA. (Juror: Marilyn Kushner, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Brooklyn Museum of Art.)
"Re-Presentation - Fifth Biennial National Juried Exhibition", Boise State University, Boise, ID. (Juror: Vicki Halper, former Assoc. Curator, The Seattle Art Museum, Curatorial Fellow of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian institution.)
"Second International Open", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Juror: Lisa K. Erf, Curator of the Art Collection, The First National Bank of Chicago.)
"Merged Realities", Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ. (Jurors: Elaine A. King, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Noel Karten, Director, LA Municipal Art Gallery.)


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