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Born: Kobe, Japan 1936, grew up in Tokyo from 5 years old.

Nationality: USA since 2004

Education: BA Sculpture: Tsukuba University/Tokyo University of Education, Tokyo, Japan


Studio: EFA Studio Center 323 West 39th Street, #413, New York, NY 10018


Forthcoming Exhibition

2022/23 Retrospective- WhiteBox Gallery, NY, NY


Solo Shows

2018 ”Permutation”, Garvey Simon Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Installation Show “Flow of Life/Nagare”: Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery,

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2014 “Quiet Room”: Karina Kottova curator, Kotska Gallery, MeetFactory, Prague, CZ

2012 “Beyond Lines & Beyond Surface”, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2012 “Passage: Tamiko Kawata at 2012”, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2011 ”Tamiko Kawata 2011”, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2002 “Safety Pin Series: Recent & Collected Works”: Disjecta Gallery, Portland, OR

2001 “Passing Life –Four Waterfalls”, Site-specific installation based on survey on accumulation of toilet paper, The New York Times & Pantyhose,

Florence Lynch Gallery, NY, NY.

1999 “Transformations” for Sculpture Garden & Gallery Space

LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY.

1998 “Rain Forest”, Vibrant Gallery, New York, NY

1991 “ Tamiko Kawata Recent Works”, Matsuya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan



2021/22 Perfect Day: Drugs and Art, Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes, WhiteBox Annex @ ChaShaMa Space, New York, NY

2021 Robert Berry Gallery, Virtual Group Show, NY, NY

2021 “Midtown”, curated by Deric Carner: Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, NY

2020 Aesthetics in the Political, “Fifteen New York Japanese Women”, White Box Harlem, NY NY

2017/2018 “Outdoor Sculpture Biennial 2017-2018”: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2016 “Altered States: Seven Artists Exhibition”, Hewitt Gallery of Arts,

Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

2015 “American Academy for Arts & Letters: Invitational Exhibition for Paintings and Sculptures 2015”, American Academy for Arts and Letters, New York, NY

2015 “New Ways of Seeing: Cultural Hybridity and Aesthetic Liberty”, Eileen Jeng curator, Dorfsky Gallery, New York, NY

2014 "Interpreting Pins & Needles”: Suzan Shutan curator, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT

2012 “Japanese Contemporary Paper Art”, Art Center ALTERA/Amateras,Sofia, Bulgaria

2011 “Environmental Concerns: Earth Matters: Newsday Fall & Newsday Sea Urchins”, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY2000

2000 “Sixteen Asian American Artists”, University Art Gallery. Staller Center for the Arts,

Stony Brook State University of New York, Stony Brook NY

2000 “Grove for Four Seasons: Nature of Fiber”, outdoor installation,

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY

2000 “Elements 2000”, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY

1999 “Contemporary Arts of New York State”, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

1999 “Staten Island Biennial Exhibition”, Staten Island Institute of Arts & Science Museum, SI, NY

1997 “Poetics of the Edge/Two Artists”, Grace Gallery, NY Technical College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

1997 “Order System Structure: NYFA Award Exhibition”, RCCA Art Center,

Rensselaer County Council for the Arts, Troy, NY

1997 “Permutations”, MMC Gallery, Marymount College, NY, NY

1991 “Historical Sources: New Visions in Contemporary Metalsmithing”,

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1986-1989 “Fiber R/Evolution International Exhibition”, Wisconsin/Milwaukee Art Museum,

Milwaukee, WI

1979 “ Works of Women”, by UNESCO Art Committee, Paris, France

1978 “Small Works International: by Jack Lenor Larsen & Mildred Constantine

British Craft Centre, London, England



2002 -2023

Member of Elizabeth Foundation for Arts: Studio Center, New York, NY

2021 Ucross Art Residency, Ucross, Wyoming

2015 American Academy for Arts and Letters: 2015 Purchase Award

2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency grant to support “Quiet Room” Exhibition , New York, NY

2014 MeetFactory Art Foundation Award for “Solo Show and Residency”, Prague, Czech

2012 Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY: Purchase Award from Harvest Exhibition

2006 Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, NY, NY

2005 NYFA Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts 2005 Grant for Gregory Millard Fellow


2004 Serie Project for Screen Printmaking: Austin, TX

2002 McDowell Art Colony Residency Award, Petersborough, NH

2001 NYFA Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, NY

2001 Yaddo Art Colony: Louise Bourgeois Residency Award for a Sculptor, Saratoga Spring, NY

2000 Craft Alliance New York State Grant for New Project: NY

1999 Edward Albee Art Center Residency Award, Montauk, NY

1998 Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant for New Project, NY, NY

1997 The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Award, Austeritz, NY

1997 ESCA (Empire State Craft Alliance of New York State) Grant for New Project, NY

1991 ESCA (Empire State Craft Alliance of New York State) Grant for New Project, NY



2020 Felene Falcon Art Collection, Boston, MA

2016 Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

2012 Francine D'Olimpio, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2013 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

PREC Institute, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Ishiguro Art Collection: Tokyo, Japan

2011 LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY

2010 Ishiguro Art Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Lafcadio Hearn/Yakumo Koizumi Art Museum, Matsue, Japan

2009 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2008 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Philip & Shelley Aarons Art Collection, LI, NY

DM Contemporary Art Gallery for Permanent Collection, LI, NY

2006 Museum for Arts & Design/MAD Museum, NY, NY 2004

Jack Lenor Larsen Private Collection, New York, NY.

2002 Yusuke Aida Collection, Tokyo, Japan

1999 LongHouse Reserve Permanent Collection, East Hampton, NY

Lloyd Catsen Collection, San Francisco, CA

Jack Lenor Larsen Collection, New York, NY

1991 Yusuke Aida Collection, Tokyo, Japan

1986 Davis Brody & Bond Architects, New York, NY

1982 PREC Institute, Tokyo, Japan

1978 Buenno Premesela Art Collection, Amsterdam, Holland


Catalog/Publication: After 2000


2021 Gekkan Gallery, a Japanese monthly art maagazine

2012 Inclusion of “Newsday Fall” works in publication of “To Life: ECO ART in pursuit of

Sustainable planet”, by Andrew Brown, Hudson and Thames publisher

2012 Book: 500 Paper Projects 2012: curated by Gene McHugh, New York, NY

2011 Catalog: Tamiko Kawata ”Beyond Lines/Beyond Surface”, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Catalog: “Japanese Contemporary Paper Art”, Art Center ALTERA, Daniela

Todorova Curator, sponsored by Embassy of Japan, Sofia, Bulgaria

2011 Catalog: ”Transcendental Vision”, Anton Gallery/Celadon Inc, Monterey, CA


2008 Prints: “Office Space”, New Art Center, Elizabeth Duffy curator, Newtonville, MA

2008 Catalog: Second Lives: REMIXING THE ORDINARY to INAUGURATE Museum of ARTS & DESIGN”, an opening exhibition at Columbus Circle location: curated by

David McFadden, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY


2006 Site Specific 2006: Karen Shaw curator for Islip Museum: Carriage House, East I slip, NY

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