Akio Takamori (1950 – 2017)
Akio Takamori was born and raised in Japan. He exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia since the mid-1980s. Takamori received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978. Takamori was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena following the completion of his masters.
Takamori’s most recent solo exhibitions included Ground (2013), at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA and Equivalent (2013), at Galerie Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland. Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011).
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website