Renowned Artist Michi Itami Joins NYFA Board(New York, NY - September 30, 2004)- New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) recently elected visual artist Michi Itami to its Board of Trustees.An accomplished painter and printmaker, Ms. Itami received a NYFA Artist Fellowship in Printmaking in 1995 and currently serves as Professor of Art and director of the M.F.A program in Art at City College of New York.
"I am pleased and honored to join NYFA's Board of Trustees," said Ms. Itami
is one of a very few remaining organizations in this country that gives individual grants to artists, emerging and established, acknowledge the importance of artists to our society."Theodore S. Berger, Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts noted that "With her background as a working artist and arts educator, Michi brings invaluable experience to the board of trustees, and is uniquely qualified to help NYFA to continue meeting the needs and addressing the concerns of artists of all disciplines."
...Michi Itami did graduate work in Japanese language and literature and English literature at Columbia University.
A retrospective of Itami's
print works was held in 2003 at the A.I.R. Gallery
in New York.Many of her
works are exclusively abstract, focusing on the movement of a brush or squeegee, while others are highly narrative and incorporate layers of archival family photographs to evoke issues of citizenship and belonging.She has had solo exhibitions of her work at Atelier 2221 in New Delhi, India, Shinsegae Gallery in Seoul, Korea, Beni Gallery in Kyoto, Japan, and 55 Mercer Gallery in New York.Her
work is represented in museum collections throughout the United States including the Brooklyn Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
has received numerous awards including a NEA Grant in Printmaking, a New York Foundation
for the Arts Grant, and a Printmaking Fellowship in Asilah, Morocco.Since 1991, Itami has been a professor at The City College of New York, CUNY and currently serves as the Director of the MFA program there.