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Akio Takamori
Modern and Contemporary 1980 - present Studio Ceramist
Japanese American, b. 1950 Known for his unrivaled technical brilliance and explorations of the human psyche, Akio Takamori is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle. Born in Miyazaki, Japan, Takamori studied at the Musashino Art College in Tokyo from 1969 to 1971. Takamori attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he received his B.F.A in 1976. In 1978 he received an M.F.A. from New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His work was included in the 2007 nationally touring exhibition Craft in America.
Exhibition History
2006 - 2009: "Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the ASU Art Museum Permanent Collection," Traveling, Organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2006: "Poetic Expressions of Mortality: Figurative Ceramics from the Porter-Price Collection," August 12 - September 24, 2006, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; April 13 - July 23, 2006, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
2006: "DWELL," August 22 - December 16, 2006, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2006: "A Ceramic Legacy: Selections from the St├ęphane Janssen and R. Michael Johns Collection," February 11 - August 5, 2006, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2006: "Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey," September 9, 2005 - January 14, 2006, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2002 - 2006: "The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection," Travel Venues: Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; The Dixon Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois; COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, California; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
2001 - 2006: "A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence," August 20 - January 8, 2006, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; June 4 - July 31, 2005, Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho; February 29 - April 25, 2004, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky; May 22 - July 18, 2004, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington; August 8 - November 7, 2004, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
2005: "A Tale to Tell: Contemporary Narratives in Clay," May 15 - September 4th, 2005, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; January 5 - March 2, 2003, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, Georgia; March 30 - May 25, 2003, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; September 20 - Novemeber 9, 2003, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida; February 17 - April 14, 2002, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; May 12 - July 7, 2002, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan; July 28 - September 22, 2002, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, New York; October 13 - December 8, 2002, Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, Kansas;
June 15 - July 31, 2001, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; August 25 - October 28, 2001, Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho; November 25, 2001 - January 20, 2002, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
2004: "Double Vision," June 11 - July 18, 2004, Gallery M, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004: "Standing Room Only," Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual Exhibition, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California
2004: "Sleeping Figures," February 21 - March 27, 2004, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2003: "Shared Passion, Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and Craft," February 8 - May 18, 2003, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2003: "Clay Body," Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington
2002: "The Figure in Ceramic," January 24 - March 10, 2002, Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
2000: "Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950 - 2000," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1996: "The Nude in Clay," Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin
1993: "The Anne Davis Collection: Contemporary British and American Clay," El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
1991: Scripps College Ceramic Annual Exhibition, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1989: "Kansas City Collects Contemporary Ceramics," The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
1986: "American Potters Today," Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
1985: "Architectural Ceramics: Eight Concepts," Washington University Gallery of Art, Saint Louis, Missouri; American Craft Museum, New York, New York
1983: Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1977: "Young Americans," American Craft Museum (Museum of Arts & Design), New York, New York

Collections
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana
Museum of Contemporary Art, Het Kruithuis, 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

Education
1976 - 1978: M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1974 - 1976: B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
1972 - 1974: Apprentice, Koishiwara-ware, Fukuoka, Japan
1969 - 1971: Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

Born
1950, Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan


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