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Niho Kozuru


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"Niho Kozuru has long experimented with materials and techniques, in the past producing small cast glass sculptures that were elegant and enigmatic and fit comfortably in the hand or on a table top. More recently, she began to work with a new material – rubber – taking casts of architectural and botanical details and then combining those parts to create new sculptural forms consisting of positive shapes and negative voids. The rubber’s appealing, textured, gelatinous surfaces look almost edible, and the rich hand-dyed colors of amber, red, yellow, and green add to the sculptures’ seductive qualities, which are further enhanced when light passes through them.

Kozuru’s innovation lies in her ability to change the physical material of a form and therefore its meaning. Decorative architectural elements, industrial machine parts, and forms found in nature take on new interpretations as they become part of the artist’s vocabulary; enshrined, preserved, and transformed into something truly different."

-Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Director of Curatorial Affairs, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

• University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, Master of Fine Arts, 2001
• Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991
• Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Concentration Program, 1998
• Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, 1997, ‘96, ‘93, ‘92, ‘91
• Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, 1996
• Sculpture Center, New York, NY, 1991
• New York Experimental Glass Workshop, New York, NY, 1988 - 1991

• Michael E. Deluty Sculpture Award, Cambridge Art Association, 2008
• Shortlisted for the Battery Wharf public art project Boston, 2007
• Nominated for The James and Audrey Foster Prize, ICA Boston, 2006
• "Great Solo shows of 2004" The Boston Globe visual arts review
• Nimoy Foundation Grant, 2004
• A.R.T. Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Inc, 2003
• Glass Art Society Student Scholarship, 2000
• Asian Pacific Scholarship, 2000, 1999 (University of Hawaii)
• Creative Glass Center of America: Three Month Fellowship, 1997
• Evelyn Lydiard Scholarship, 1997 (Pilchuck Glass School)
• Kiki Smith Scholarship, 1996 (Pilchuck Glass School)
• Mary Beason Bishop and Francis Summer Meritt Scholarship, 1996 (Haystack)
• Corning Glass Foundation Award, 1993       
• Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, 1991, 1992

2008   • The DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, Lincoln, MA
2007   • Outdoor Installation, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Solo
2006   • 360 in Fitchburg: Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
2005   • Shape of Tea, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
2004   • Re-Turning the Past: Cultural Icons Recast, ICA/Boston, Solo
2003   • Collection Connection, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
2003   • 20/20 vision Exhibition, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
2000   • The Kozuru Siblings Exhibition, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1997   • The Kozuru Siblings Exhibition, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1994   • World Glass Now 1994, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
1992   • Glass Forms, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

1994   • Hope and Passion, Koya Elementary School, Fukuoka, Japan

• The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
• The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
• Arden Gallery, Boston, MA
• MEDITECH, Westwood, MA
• Kevin Roberts at Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, New York, NY
• Corning Foundation, Corning, NY
• The Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
• Nogata Tanio Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
• Kyushu Sangyo University Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan