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The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome painter and printmaker Tom Nakashima as aWalter Gropius Master Artist in April.

Nakashima will speak about his work during a free public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013. Admission is free. Nakashima will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Painting and a Philosophy of Life" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5-7, 2013. For workshop fee information, call (304) 529-2701.

An exhibition of work by Nakashima went on view on March 2 at HMA and continues through April 28, 2013.

After three years of service in the 101st Airborne, Nakashima returned to his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree from Loras College in 1965. He earned MA and MFA degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and 1967, respectively. His work has appeared in or been reviewed by hundreds of international publications including Art in America, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and Elle Magazine.

Nakashima has received numerous awards and fellowships over the course of his impressive career, including a Mid-Atlantic/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Award for the Visual Arts from The Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, and was a 2004 national recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Award for Painters and Sculptors. Nakashima is a veteran of more than 30 solo exhibitions with work found in more than 50 permanent collections across the United States and Japan, including the National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C.), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA). Nakashima is a professor emeritus of the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) where he taught for more than 20 years, and most recently served as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University (Augusta, GA) from 2003-2010.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.


HMA is fully accessible. For more information about events at HMA, visit or call (304) 529-2701.

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