Biography

Selected Works / Exhibitions / Biography / Available Inventory

Akio Takamori
Born: 1950 in Japan
Lives and works in Seattle, WA

Awards

2011      
USA Ford Fellow, Los Angeles, CA
International Ceramic Research Center Fellowship, Guldagergaard, Denmark

2009    
International Ceramic Research Center Fellowship, Guldagergaard, Denmark

2008
Neddy Artist Fellowship for Painting and Ceramics, Seattle, WA

2007
Finalist, Portland Art Museum, Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Seattle, WA

2006
Elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows, New York, NY
Hermine Pruzan Faculty Fellow Appointment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2005
Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Flintridge Foundation Awards for Visual Artists, Pasadena, CA

2003
Seattle Collects Purchase Award, City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA

2001
First Place, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, Evanston, IL

1996
Fellowship at Keramisch Werkcentrum, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

1993
Fellowship at Keramisch Werkcentrum, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

1992
Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC

1988
Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC

1986
The Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle, WA
Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC

Education

1976-78 MFA, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1974-76 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

1972-74 Apprentice, Traditional Domestic Production Pottery, Koshiwara, Japan

1969-71 Musashino Art College, Tokyo, Japan

Museum Collections

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Anne and Sam Davis Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Arizona State University Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ

The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK

Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Carnegie Institute Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada

Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

Kansas City Art Institute, MO

The Kinsey Institute, OH

The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN

Kruithuis Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands

The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan

The Museum of Ceramic Arts, Alfred, NY

National Museum of History, Taipei, Republic of China

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Smithsonian Institute, Archives of American Art, New York, NY

Spencer Museum of Art, Laurence, KS

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, Geneva, Switzerland

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Republic of China

University of Washington, Allen Center, Seattle, WA

University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

University of Washington, School of Law, Seattle, WA

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 
The Beginning of Everything, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014    
New Works, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013 
Portraits Ordinaires, Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Akio Takamori, Collection Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris, France
Lust, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Ground, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 
People/Alphabet, Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, NY
Equivalents, Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland

2011 
Boys, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010 
A Recent Survey, Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO

2009
James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, NY
Ann Linnemann Studio Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008
TRAX Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2007
International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Gallery Camion Real, Boca Raton, FL
The Art Gym, Portland, OR
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2005
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002
Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2000
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Robert Else Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA

1997
Cohen/Berkowitz Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1996
Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ

1995
Hiestand Galleries/Miami University, Oxford, OH
Habitat/Shaw Gallery, Pontiac, MI
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1994
Garth Clark Gallery, Kansas City, MI
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1993
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1992
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, PA

1991
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1990
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, NY

1988
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1986
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Esther Saks, Chicago, IL

1985
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016   
Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2016, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Tunnel of Silence, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015 
Pop Up, Pop In, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 
California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Portraits of 20 Northwest Artists, Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, WA

2012 
Marks:Sculptors Drawing curated by Vicky Halper, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
3D4M UW Faculty Exhibition, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011  
2011 Artists From the Center, Archie Bray Center, Helean, MT
Terracota, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea

2010 
Mirror, Mirror, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Do I know You, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

2008  
Transitions: 5 artists join Barry Friedman, Ltd, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY
Heads (dis)Embodied: Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
Art Chicago, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Maybe Yes, Maybe No: Harvey / Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
Public Places, Private Spaces: Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ
No Joke: Selections from the Pruzan Collection: Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
International Ceramics: Galerie Artworks, Antwerp, Belgium
A Human Impulse: Figuration from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Arizona State University Art Musuem, Tempe, AZ

2007
Kanzan and Jittoku: Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Black & White Red All Over: Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO
Northwest Figurative Clay Ceramics International: Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT
Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: the Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Idea of Man ll: Kvnstforvm Solothvrn, Solothurn, Switzerland
Man and Beast, Garth Clark Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2006
Poetic Expressions of Mortality: Figurative Ceramics from the Porter Price Collection, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Process & Promise: Art, Education & Community at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
SOFA : New York 2006, New York, New York
A Ceramic Legacy: The Stephane Janssen and R. Michael Johns Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Human Form in Clay, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan traveling to: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Japan

2005
The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions for the Kamn Collection Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Dual Vision: The Chazen Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY traveling to Elvehjem Museum, Madison, WI
The Figure in 20th Century Contemporary Ceramics, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

2004
North American Ceramic Sculpture NOW, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
Seattle Collects: 2003 Award Winners, City Space, Seattle, WA
Faculty Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Double Vision, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2003
Panopticon: An Art Spectacular, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Shared Passion: Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and Crafts, Nelson Fine Art Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Clay Body: Claudia Fitch, Akio Takamori, Patti Warashina, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Now and Now: World Contemporary Ceramics 2nd Annual World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi Province, Korea
Akio Takamori: Promotion to Full Professor Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002
A Public Trust: Recent Acquisitions at the Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Clay Body Rhetoric: Ceramic Figures of Speech, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas University, Manhattan, KS
The Erotic Life of Clay: A Group Exhibition of Contemporary and Historical Ceramics, San Francisco State University Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawings, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards, Groot Foundation Space and SOFA at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
The Figure in Ceramics, Galley of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

2001 
Identities: Contemporary Portraiture, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Figuration in Clay: A Collection, Mc Master Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Taking Measure: American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium World Ceramic Exposition, Yoju, Korea
Poetics of Clay: An International Perspective, Museum of Art and Design/Taideleollisuusmuseo, Helsinki, Finland traveling to: Houston Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston, TX and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Artists Making Prints, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA traveling to: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Ceramic National 2000: The 30th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY    traveling to: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
The Melba and Al Langman Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Allan Chasanoff CERAMIC Collection, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

1999
Anne and Sam Davis Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

1998
Night of 101 Cups, Ceramic Arts Foundation, New York, NY
A Fire for Ceramics: Contemporary Art from the Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
20th Century Decorative Works of Art and Contemporary Works of Art, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
A Selection of Northwest Ceramic Artists, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

1997 
Studio Conference ’97 / Faculty Exhibition, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
27th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, University of Wiconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
L’Chaim: A Kiddush Cup Invitational, Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
The Art of Desire / Erotic Treasures from the Collection of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University School of Fine Art, Bloomington, IN
The Contemporary Teapot: KERAMIKMUSEET GRIMMERHUS, The Grimmerhus Museum of Ceramic Art, Middlefart, Denmark

1996 
Clay: The University of Washington Ceramic Faculty, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Teapots, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

 

 

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