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ABOUT

Grant Akiyama was born in Sacramento, California in 1994. He grew up with an affinity for nature and a healthy respect for critical thought. In 2017, he graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors of Science in Art History and Theory and a Bachelors of Fine Arts. 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 and the Toshiko Takaezu Studio.

"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. As such, I become entrenched in processes and practices - cooking, throwing writing, painting, or printing - because my imperative revolves around profound understanding of my individuality and the works I produce.' 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

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