ABOUT

Grant Akiyama was born in Sacramento, California in 1994. He graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors of Science in Art History and Theory and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2017. As a student he was a curator at the Turner Gallery and Harland Snodgrass Gallery. He has studied as an artist-in-residence at the Shigaraki Cultural Park, Japan and the Toshiko Takaezu Studio, New Jersey. He has exhibited widely in California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Spain, and Japan.

"Grant Akiyama's creative labor endeavors toward a rendering of lived reality as one imbued with meaning and significance. His work reveres and admonishes tradition, history, and fashions. While completely capable of inventing ready-made conglomerate aggregates of  postmodern schisms, Akiyama persists and insists upon the use of craft-based media as a productive channel to express subliminal forces shaping daily life. He notes that, 'craft breeds opportunities to deeply tap unconscious creative forces - let soul command corporeal flesh. As such, I become entrenched in processes and practices - cooking, throwing writing, painting, or printing - because my imperative revolves around auto-didactic understanding of my idiosyncrasies and deliberations that constitute the force of my work.' As such, Akiyama takes his practice to task. What you see on that exhibition floor is only a fragment.

  -Wayne Higby

Director, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Self Portrait

Ink on Paper

2017

CV

2020

On Paper – group – Tinta Invisible Edicion – Barcelona, Spain

2019

State of Craft – group – 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa OK

Resident—Shigaraki Cultural Park, Japan, Shiga Prefecture

Arts of Alfred—group—Cohen Gallery, Alfred NY

Studio Assistant - Andrea Gill – Alfred, NY

Museum Attendant - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum – Alfred, NY

Assistant Editor - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Assistant Preparator - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

2018

Museum Attendant - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Assistant Editor - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Assistant Preparator - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Resident - Toshiko Takaezu Studio – Quakertown, NJ

Co-Curator - Toshiko Takaezu Studio – Quakertown, NJ

Studio Assistant - Andrea Gill – Alfred, NY

Assistant - Eiko Otake – Alfred, NY

2017

Museum Attendant - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Assistant Editor - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Assistant Preparator - Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Bachelor of Science in Art History and Theory – Alfred University

Bachelor of Fine Art – Alfred University

Curator – Print Club Auction – Alfred University

President – Art History Club – Alfred University

Print Exchange – Group – Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta Canada

2016

Inklings – solo – Alfred, New York

Moderator – Dialogue between Takeshi Yasuda and Linda Sikora

Curator – Print Club Auction

President – Art History Club – Alfred University

CronoDrift – group – Portland, Oregon

Print Exchange – Cicada Press at University of Southern Wales, New South Wales, Australia

Organizer – International Field Trip to Toronto – Alfred University

Studio Assistant – Ian McMahon – Hornell, NY

2015

Artist Multiples Print Exchange – Alfred, New York

Curator – Thaumatology – group – Alfred, New York

2014

Intern – New York state college of Ceramics, Alfred NY

2013

Studio Manager – John Gill – Alfred, NY

2012

Presidential Scholarship – Alfred University, Alfred NY

Internship – Alpha Fired Arts – Sacramento, California

Best in Show – Alpha Fired Arts Clay Olympics – group – Sacramento, California

Collectors

Joseph Scheer – Artist, National Geographic

William Contino – Professor, School of Art and Design

Mary-Jude Kullen – Alfred University Patron

Gerar Edizel – Dean, School of Art and Design, Alfred University

© 2023 by Grant Akiyama

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