Born and raised in Japan, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda is a Japanese-American visual artist based in painting and installation, and has an MFA from Indiana University and a BA from Portland State University. She exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions and offers lectures nationally and internationally to promote cultural diversity and exchange. Exhibition venues include Spartanburg Art Museum (SC), Morris Graves Museum of Art (CA), Dennos Museum (MI), and Amos Eno Gallery (NY). Publications include New American Paintings, Expose Art Magazine, AEQAI, Athenaeum Review, and London Post. Awards including Seed Grant, Diversity Fellow Program, International Enhancement Grant, Idaho Art Fellow, Sam Taylor Fellowship, and Tusen Takk Foundation have supported her artistic research. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at SMU in Dallas, TX.