Kim Teru Yasuda
Fellow, 2000



From Subscape Series (2001)

Installation Images

   The link between identity and place is at the foundation of Kim Yasuda's sculptural installations and public art projects, with an aesthetic that has been long infused by a Japanese sensibility. Growing up as a Japanese American in the Bay Area, Yasuda used lesser-known aspects of her ethnic identity as a point of departure for her art. Yet, upon her arrival in Japan for her fellowship, Yasuda found herself out-of-place. Her Japanese American heritage did not, in fact, translate into a greater understanding of Japan. Rather, she states that her experience challenged "both my own identity and the culture that I had imagined to be, in part, mine."

Yasuda became fascinated with the complex network of public transportation in Tokyo, in particular the underground landscape of subways. While the Japanese transit system appears much like any other in the world, it held particular interest for Yasuda in the way it functioned as a public space, where individuals were forced to congregate and negotiate proximity. In contrast to the manner in which the public domain is regarded (or disregarded) in the United States, the spaces of the subway system expressed a distinct and highly refined aesthetic presentation despite their utilitarian function. In many ways, the subway cars resembled well-groomed, domestic interiors. Equally compelling to Yasuda was the way in which the Japanese conducted themselves in these confined spaces, "honoring the homogeneous patterning of the system while negotiating the invisible boundaries between one another." The Subscape series investigates these cultural differences.

Kim Yasuda is currently the chairperson of the Department of Art at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco, and in the Japanese American National Museum's "Finding Family Stories" exhibition in 1998. She has received a number of public art commissions from the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, and Seattle.

1988    University of Southern California School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts
1983    an Jose State University, San Jose, California Bachelor of Fine Arts, Italian Language

2001    Galeria Animal, Santiago, Chile
           International House of Japan, Installation, Tokyo Japan

1999-2000    Revolution Projects, Summer Show, Detroit, Michigan
           Art in General, Project Artist in Residence, New York

1998    Gramercy Park International, Hotel Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles
           The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
           Revolution Gallery Projects, New York / Michigan
           Finding Family Stories, The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, Skirball Museum of Art, Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, California

1997    Revolution Gallery Projects, Detroit, Michigan
           The Whitney Museum of American Art @ Champion, Stamford, Conneticut
           The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

1996    The Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California.
           Camerawork Gallery, London, United Kingdom
           The List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1995-96    Points of Entry, National Traveling Exhibition:
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Az.
The Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Fl.
           The Japanese American Cultural Center, Doizaki Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1994    The Ansel Adams Center, Friends of Photography, San Francisco, California.
           In Terms of Time, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

1993    The Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. San Francisco Camerwork, San Francisco, California.
           The Death and Resurrection of Nature", Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

1992    LA Extension Exhibition, Barnsdall Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

1991    New California Artist XIX, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California.

1998-present    Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, artist/consultant, public art plan for Bunker Hill - Grand Avenue Streetscape, Los Angeles, California.

1996-1997    City of Santa Monica Streescape Project, artist/consultant, public art streetscape plan, Santa Monica, California.
           City of San Mateo Transit Center, artist/consultant to Roma Landscape Design / Urban Planning, San Francisco, California.

1996-present    Seattle Arts Commission, lead artist 'Urban Collaborations', Seattle, Washington.

1992-1995    Union Station Gateway Project, Intermodal Bus Shelter Facility, Los Angeles, California.

1994-1998    Ernesto Galarza Memorial, San Jose Redevelopment Agency, Arts Commission, San Jose, California.

1991-1994    Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, Metro Green Line Vermont Station, Gardena, California, design commission.
           Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Hollywood, Cherokee/Whitley public parking structure design commission.

2000-2001    -Japan/US Friendship Foundation Collaborative Project Fellowship
1999-2000    -National Endowment for the Arts - Japan Foundation Six months Residency Grant in Japan
1998-1999    -The Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Fellowship 1999
1996-1999    -Anonymous Was a Women's Foundation National Woman Artist Fellowship, New York. 1996-97.
1995-1996    -The San Francisco Foundation James Phelan Visual Arts Award in Creative Photography, 1995-96
1994-1995    -LACE/New Langton Artists' Project Grant, California - Hawaii
           -Little Tokyo Cultural Trust Fellowship: Project Grant for the 50th Commemoration of the Japanese American Internment Release, 1945-1995.
1995    -Art Matters Foundation, New York: Individual Artist Grant
1994    -Banff International Center for the Arts Residency Fellowship, Alberta, Canada
1993    -Djerassi Foundation Artists Residency Fellowship, Stanford, California
1990-1991    -National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in Sculpture

ACADEMIC POSITIONS 1992-present    Professor (current status), Department of Art, University of California at Santa Barbara

1990-1992    Assistant Professor, Department of Art California State University, Fullerton

1988-1990    Adjunct Professor / Visiting Lecturer
University of Southern Califonria, Los Angeles, University of California @ Los Angeles; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; California State University, San Bernardino; Chaffey Community College

2002    National Associaton of Artists Organizations Conference, Chicago, IL
           University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
           Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2000    Sala de Esposicion, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile
           Galeria Animal, Santiago, Chile
           International House of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

2001    National Associaton of Artists Organizations Conference, Chicago, IL
           University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
           Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1999    College Art Association National Conference, Los Angeles, CA
           Art in General, New York, NY
           Women's Caucus for the Arts National Conference, Los Angeles, CA
           California State University Summer Arts Program, Fresno, CA

1998    Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

1997    The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
           Whitney Museum of American Art, Champion CN
           Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
           Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield, MI
           The Museum School, Boston, MA

1996    List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Boston, MA
           Society for Photographic Education Western Regional, Oakland, CA
           Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
           The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1995    The Getty Center, Equity in the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
           Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
           The Banff International Arts Center, Calgary, Canada

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