Artist Etsuko Ichikawa in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Artist Etsuko Ichikawa talks about her art and experience as the Fall 2021 National Parks Arts Foundation artist-in-residence in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, Podbean, or SoundCloud.


Born and raised in Tokyo, Etsuko Ichikawa is a multi-media artist, filmmaker, and activist. She graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and came to the U.S. to attend Pilchuck Glass School in 1993.  She worked as a studio assistant for Dale Chihuly for eight years, and became a full-fledged independent artist in 2003. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Seattle Art Museum, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. Etsuko works with fine art galleries in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York and Seattle, Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, and Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe. She has also received grants from numerous institutions including the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, and Americans for the Arts Funding, and,  her exhibit NACHI was supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. More:

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