So excited with this exhibition!!! Solo exhibition, Pot of Soot at the End of the Rainbow, at Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, 7/9-8/21/2022. The opening reception is 7/9 form 5pm to 8pm. At 4pm, I will be giving a talk about my materials (RSVP). I so looking forward to seeing you all! The News Release is here and below.

So honored to be engaged with the community of the Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź, Łódź, Poland! I exhibited my work in a solo exhibition, Apple Core, at Galeria OdNowa, gave several workshops and lectures, and of course harvested some soot from the local wood for my pigment. I loved the warmth of Polish people and artists! – summer 2022

Here are some images from Somewhere Around There at Amos Eno Gallery!

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Somewhere Around There, a New York debut solo exhibition of work by a Dallas based artist Nishiki Sugawara-Beda from her latest series KuroKuroShiro, “black-black-white” in Japanese. The series title is indicative of her process using Sumi, a traditional East Asian ink, to compose painted worlds in which to be immersed and commune with an inner, quieter spirit.

Born and raised in Japan, Sugawara-Beda was steeped in a poetic Japanese aesthetic valuing symbolic interpretation over direct representation. It is from this lyrical, and oftentimes philosophical, Japanese sensibility that Sugawara-Beda creates. Employing the landscape as a conceptual framework, her works negotiate the tension between light and dark, hard and soft, abstraction and figuration. Throughout this exhibition, the artist also considers the relation of past to present, influenced by traditional Japanese scroll paintings that imply time relative to space. And yet, her works transcend place and time, offering no clear suggestion of a narrative or relationship between forms.

Somewhere Around There features works in varying scale from small, intimate paintings on handmade gesso-covered panels to hanging scroll works on paper in the Kakejiku tradition. In Sumi ink with its distinctly rich and subtle tones, the monochromatic compositions are minimal in color and confounding in form, encouraging reflection, introspection, and meditation. And as the viewer encounters and navigates the unknown, new possibilities emerge. In the process, the viewer is transported “there,” referenced to in the exhibition’s title, a portal in the material providing access to the spiritual.

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda is a Japanese-American visual artist based in painting and installation. She draws upon her Japanese heritage to explore themes related to culture, language, and spirituality rooted in Zen Buddhism. Connecting across space and time, she experiments in ancient Japanese materials and techniques including Sumi ink, Kakejiku landscapes, and rice paper, to merge them with abstract and expressive forms familiar to the modern Western aesthetic. Sugawara-Beda has exhibited her work in venues including the Spartanburg Art Museum (SC), Morris Graves Museum of Art (CA), and Dennos Museum (MI). Publications include New American Paintings, Expose Art Magazine, AEQAI, Athenaeum Review and the London Post. Awards including a Seed Grant, Diversity Fellow Program, International Enhancement Grant, Idaho Arts Fellowship, Sam Taylor Fellowship, and Tusen Takk Foundation residency have supported her artistic research. In addition to national conferences, including the College Art Association, Sugawara-Beda also gives keynote speeches and workshops to cultural organizations including Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc., OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and Business Council for the Arts, Dallas. See You There, a full-color art book surveying her work from 2012 to 2020, is published by Execute Magazine in 2021. Currently, Sugawara-Beda is an Assistant Professor at SMU in Dallas, TX.

Image: KuroKuroShiro VII, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda (2020) 6″×12″, Sumi on wood.

 

Mark your calendar! My first solo exhibition, Somewhere Around Thereat Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn NY is coming! 3/3-3/17/2022. Openin reception is 3/4 (Fri) 6-8.  I hope to see you there!!

Such a successful and fun book launch event we had at Pollock Gallery in Dallas.! See You There is now available. Motoko Ishihara, an Ikebana artist, created flower arrangement for the works and the space. So much inspiration I got from this experience!

Will You Be There, my solo exhibition at Viterbo University gallery, 9/21-11/10, 2021. I had the pleasure to engage with the community members via a virtual workshop!

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Based on my exhibition this past spring, I’ll Be There at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Rachel L. Hausmann Schall wrote a beautiful essay about my work. So grateful!

With the Land, Artist Spotlight at Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI. I exhibited newly completed work produced at Tusen Takk Artist residency. 

An artist residency… How could I be so lucky to be part of Tusen Takk Foundation!?! I just arrived yesterday. My soul is already breathing.

I am partaking this exhibition,  VISIBLE: Asian and AAPI Artists in America at Ro2 Art, Dallas TX. Sense of pride to be part of the Asian community in the US. 

I am super excited with my next solo exhibition, I’ll Be There at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Art, Fond du Lac, WI (3/18-5/1, 2021). I will be showing works of paper (vertical) mounted in a traditional Japanese mounting called Kakejiku–the marriage between contemporary Sumi painting and traditional scrolls! The statement can be found here.

So happy to have an article about Zero at Home by Dr. Robert E. Gordon on the winter issue 5 2021, Athenaeum Review.

I am so excited to have an solo exhibition, Zero at Home, at Texas Women’s University in January, 2020.  I will be exhibiting a sculptural installation, Kotadama Converse, and new paintings!

Here is an image from Spartanburg Art Museum, SC. The exhibition runs until May 5th, 2019!

I am excited for this exhibition “traditions compounded” at Spartanburg Art Museum! During the preview yesterday (2/20/2019), I met focused and devoted artists with whom I share the space and passion. Looking forward to see the complete exhibition today.

HANA at Thompson Gallery.  It was a great pleasure to meet the students and community members of Furman University, Greenville, SC!

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I am honored to have been awarded a Fellowship from The Idaho Commission on the Arts!

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The sculptural installation, Kotodama Converse, was installed! I had some great help from staff member, volunteer, and my friends for this challenging installation.  I hope you can experience it in person and feel!

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The installation is happening! I will be in Cincinnati soon at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, and its opening is August 28th, Friday. I hope to see you all!

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I am excited to exhibit my first large scale installation! I will be showing some paintings in a different room as well. Here is a sneak peak!

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Here is a panoramic view of the exhibition Written Unwritten at Cultural Arts Center.

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I am delighted to announce that my solo exhibition Written Unwritten is on view at Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, MD, March 30-May 29, 2015. I will be giving a talk on April 23.
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I am happy to announce that my piece is in the exhibition, 7th National Juried Show, at Prince Street Gallery in New York, January 27 – February 21, 2015. Juror: Robert Berlind.
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“Counting Petal” is selected for Louisiana Biennial, January 20 – February 24, 2015, Juror Lecture at 5 followed by Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 5 PM. Juror: Naima Keith, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. SOD Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
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“Yogurt” is exhibited in the OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND, PART 2, December 6 – January 4, 2015, Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6, 4-6 PM. Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Rebecca Cuomo and Sarah Renshaw. Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY.
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“Coffee Shop Dynamite” is exhibited in the Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 1, October 25 – November 23, 2014, Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 4-6 PM. Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at the Drawing Center. Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Rebecca Cuomo. Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY.
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“Finale” has been shortlisted for ArtGeminiPrize 2014-London’s Global Art Prize and will be in the exhibition at TriSpace Gallery in London, UK.

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I am excited for my solo exhibition “Now, Written Unwritten” at Artspace Gallery at the College of Southern Nevada. It runs from 10/10-11/21, 2014. I look forward to seeing you!

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“Re: Word Within” at The Studios in New Mill, Great Manchester, UK just finished. I had great comments and enjoyed meeting with local/not so local artists, art-lovers and friends. Thank you!

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Such a successful and fun book launch event we had! See You There is now available.

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