Woman Made Gallery
Fujiko Isomura


Fujiko Isomura

Contact Information


Artist's Statement

Selected Exhibitions

Awards & Distinctions

Artist's Gallery

Contact Information


    1995-1998 - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin - M.F.A.
    1992-1995 - Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, B.A.
    1989-1992 - Musashino Art University Post-Graduate Courses, Junior College of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan, A.A

Artist's Statement

    Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, it was not necessary to see myself as an individual unique woman because blending in with others gains security within the society. Therefore, when I came to America, I did not know what kind of person I really was. By the experiences of being in a different culture, I have started to realize the existence of 'myself' more clearly. Throughout this experience, I began to develop my own ideas of life. "Happiness and harmony in life comes from the recognition of individual differences and the sharing of good hearts and thoughts." In everyday life, we are influenced by each other without knowing it. This is what my artwork is about.

    Many cultures have applied gold leaf to pictures. It came to Japan from China and Korea along with the Buddhist faith and the painting of icons. In the sixteenth century, Japan developed its own unique styles and techniques, especially in secular painting. This is the style I use in my work today. As the modern artist I begin my work by computer manipulation, collaging, and the printing of images. I then return to the formal art techniques of painting and gold leafing to complete my work. In my work I bring together old and new icons and images from American and Japanese culture. These combination of images represent the history of two cultures as well as my personal thoughts about the world I have experiencing.

    In the middle of rapid globalization, I would like to share my passion, experiences, and visions of experiencing different cultures through my artwork, and perhaps to make the world more aware of what we are and the times we live in.

Selected Exhibitions


    Art of Note, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, WI - (Invitational group show)

    The Art of Building Community: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA - (Invitational group show)


    Women's Sphere: Reconfigured Traditions, Furlong Gallery, Dept. of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI - (Invitational group show)

    New Beginnings/False Starts, HotHouse Gallery: The Center for International Performance and Exhibition, Chicago, IL - (Invitational group show)

    People, Places and Things, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI - (Invitational group show)

    Solo Show, Linden's of Ellison Bay, Door County, WI - (Solo exhibition)

    Living in Two Worlds, West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI - (Five-person show)

    Tradition: The Blessing and the Curse, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL - (Invitational group show)


    The Wisconsin-Saitama Art Exchange 2002, Saitama Modern Art Museum, Saitama, Inoue gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Tomioka Museum, Ohta-ku, Tokyo, Japan - (Selected group show)

    My Life in America, Linden's of Ellison Bay, Door County, WI - (Solo exhibition)

    A Modern Bestiary, The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI - (Juried group show)

    My Story, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL - (Solo show)

    Three-person Show, The Sewickley Gallery, Sewickley, PA - (Invitational group show)


    Pulcheria Arte, The Cultural Association 218ac, Palazzo S. Pietro, Piacenza, Italy - (International Juried Show)

    Dual Identities, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA - (Juried two-person show)

    A Sampling of PCNJ Award Winning Artists, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ

    Fourth International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Art of Fujiko lsomura, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ - (Solo exhibition)

    Recent Works, Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison, WI - (Solo exhibition)


    An Exhibit of Award-Winning Wisconsin Artists, Promega Gallery, The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, Madison, WI

    Mixed Medium Printmaking (CitiARTS Exhibition), Gallery I, Municipal Building, Madison, WI

    MatrixArts International 2000, MatrixArts, Sacramento, CA

    A National Juried Exhibition on the Seven Virtues, College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN

    By the Palette, For the Palate, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    The Dec 99 - Jan 00 Juried Competition, Gallery 210, Syracuse, NY

    Art at the Millennium, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY


    The 1999 Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

    Fifth Annual International Exhibition of Women's Art, SOHO2O, New York, NY - Juror: Debra Singer, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

    15th Annual National Juried Exhibition Works on Paper, The Berkeley art Center, Ber$eley, CA - Juror: Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA

    The 23rd Fred Wells National Juried Exhibition, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE - Juror: Daphne Anderson Deed, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Yale University Art Gallery

    Fujiko lsomura & Sergio Soave - Ink Jet Color Prints, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

    Multiple Perspectives - National Juried Print Exhibition, Esther Allen Greer Museum of Fine Art, University of Rio Grande, OH - Juror: Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Baltimore Museum of Art

    1999 North American Print Exhibition, Boston Printmakers, Boston University, MA - Juror: Marilyn Kushrier, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Brooklyn Museum of Art

Awards & Distinctions

  • Second Place , "Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2001", Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI, 2001-2002. Jurors: Frank Lewis, Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the Wriston Art Center Gallery at Laurence University , WI. Robert Lee Mejer, Professor and Chair, Department of Art, Quincy University, IL.

  • First Place, "Fourth International Open", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2001- Juror: Janet Bloch, Artist.

  • Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship, 2000.

  • Best of Show, "Viewing Contemporary Culture", Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ, 1999. Juror: Don Camp, Artist.

  • Printwork Award, "Printwork '99 - Sixth Annual National Juried Printmaking Exhibition", Barrett Art Center - Dutchess County Art Association, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1999. Juror: Claire Bell, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC.

  • Diane R. Bailey Award, "The 42nd Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art", The Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY, 1999. Juror: Dr. Annegreth T. Nill, Curator of 2oth Century and Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art.

  • Yeiset '99 Award, "Yeiser '99", Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, 1999. Juror: William Hawk, Assistant Professor of Art, Missouri University, Columbia.

  • Juror Recognition Award, "11th Annual National Art Competition", Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1999. Juror: Marti Mayo, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.

  • Third Place, "1999 KCAD Juried Competition", Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Ml, 1999. Juror: Kim Humphries, Exhibition Designer, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Honorable Mention, "6th International Juried Art Exhibition", Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY, 1999. Juror: Jennifer Yum, Lecturer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

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