ALTOONA, PA – A work by Ivyside Juried art exhibit winner Nishiki Sugawara-Beda will run August 19 through October 8, 2021 in the Sheetz Gallery at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Sugawara-Beda, a Japanese-American visual artist, received her MFA from Indiana University and her BA from Portland State University. She is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His work is presented in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Spartanburg Art Museum and the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Sugawara-Beda has received the Seed Grant, the Diversity Fellow Program, the International Enhancement Grant, the Idaho Art Fellow and the Sam Taylor Fellowship. She also received an invitation to an artist residency at the Tusen Takk Foundation for this summer.
His work is inspired and established by Japanese calligraphy which served as a gateway for him to understand his culture and the deeper global meanings of existence. “My recent works attempt to highlight an often forgotten commitment in contemporary society – a deeper connection with one’s own mind.” Through her work, she encourages the viewer to connect with themselves on a deeper level.
The galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.