Tom Nakashima, a student of philosophy, art and Japanese culture, works freely with any subject that comes into his mind, however it is always done with his biracial origins as a common denominator. Nakashima received his MFA from The University of Notre Dame and is Emeritus Professor at The Catholic University of America and Morris Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Augusta University, Augusta GA. His work has been featured in exhibitions in Japan, Malaysia and throughout the US and is in over 60 public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mint Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art and The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, Russia. Nakashima was born in Seattle, WA. He currently resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Floyd VA. 




B.A. Loras College

M.A. University of Notre Dame

M.F.A. University of Notre Dame





2013 Walter Gropius Master Artist Award Exhibition and Workshop, Huntington Museum of Art, WV.

The Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA.


2012 The Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL (2/1- 6/2012).


2011 Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.


2010 The Hudgens Center for The Arts, Duluth, GA.


2009 Switzer Distinguished Artist Exhibition, The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Art, Pensacola, FL.


2008 Berryville Treepiles, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FL.

Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC.


2007 Tom Nakashima: Two Decades, The Morris Museum of Art.

Oregon State U, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, OR


2004 Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta, GA.


2003 Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA.


2001 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1999 Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.  


1996 Teplitzky & Scott Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1995 Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY.

Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY.

Horwitch LewAllen, Santa Fe, NM.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1994 Pilgrimage- Foldng Screens, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Washington, DC, Jane Addams Allen, curator.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.

Waiting for Shnshin, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC,  Alan Prokop, curator.


1993 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1991 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1990 Tom Nakashima 1984- 1900, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC. Lynn Schmidt, curator.

Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.


1988 Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, Japan.




2019 Party for Democracy, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.

The Art Party, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.

2018- 2019 

New Acquisitions, Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

2018 Selections from The Artery Collection, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC.

The Crow Flies Backwards, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA.

2017 Awakening, Carmel Plaza, Carmel, CA. 


2015 Brilliant Art Show, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.


2014 Fresh Fish, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.

Gallery Group Show, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.


2013 ONE, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.

Joseph Campbell: The Artist’s Way, collaboration with The Joseph Campbell Foundation, Opus Archives, Celadon Arts, 

at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA, Gail Enns, curator.


2010 Transcendental Vision: Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art, The Independent, Sand City, CA. Sponsored by Celadon Arts, Sand City, The Japanese American Citizens League, Gail Enns, curator.


2009 Assemblage+ Collage+Construction, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

The Painter's Reel, The Museum of Art & History, Macon GA, Telfair Museum, Savannah, and The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.

Within State Lines, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA).


2005 Contemporary Landscape: Crossing Boundaries, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC.


2003 Off the Press, Southeast Museum of Photography, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


2002 Faculty Show, FAC Gallery, Augusta State University.


2001 Prints and Prints, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY.


2000 In Praise of Paper, The Hanoi Fine Arts College, Hanoi, Vietnam.

No Boundaries, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.

Print Odyssey 2000, Towson University's Union Gallery, Towson, MD.


1999 Inheritors of a Legacy: Charles Lang Freer and the Washington Avant  Garde, The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC, Gail Enns, curator.

Sans Trite, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO.


1998 Structures, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.


1997 Assimilations, The Nippon Gallery, Japanese National Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY. 

Crossing Over, Changing Places, Corcoran Gallery of American Art, Hemicycle Gallery, Washington DC, tour through 1997.


1996 Carriers and Enclosures, Artspace, New Haven, CT.


1995 Slovenian Print Biennial, Lubliana, Slovenia.

WPA's 20 Chairs, Invitational, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC.

Japan's Influence on Western Art, Japan Ambassador's Residence, Washington, DC, Gail Enns, curator.

47th Annual American Academy Purchase Exhibition, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY.

Relocation & Revisions: The Japanese Internment Reconsidered, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.

Floored Art, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, travel tour through 1994.


1994 Memories of Childhood, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, US travel tour through 1997.

Japan: The Nature of Now, Spirit Square Center for the Arts and Education, Charlotte, NC.

Evolution of the Print: Fourteen Years of Collaboration, Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington, D

Sustainable Earth; A Greenpeace Fund Benefit, Remba Gallery, West Hollywood, CA and Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL.


1993 Continuum: Culture and Consciousness, Embassy of Japan, Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington, DC,

Confluence: Art at the Intersection of Japanese and American Esthetics, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.

Narratives of Loss: The Displaces Body, Art Museum, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. 


1992 Crossing Over, Changing Place, Arts America Exhibition for the American Embassies in Europe, via USA toured Embassies of Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, and Greece, travel tour through 1995. 


1991 Collage Unglued, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL.

Washington- Moscow Art Exhange, State Tretyakov Museum, USSR.

Object d'Art, Contemporary Folding Screens, The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA.

Tom Nakashima, Featured Acquisition, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

Pyramid Atlantic, A Decade of Paper, Sylvia Cordish Fine Art, Baltimore, MD.



The Decade Show, The Studio Museum of Harlem,  with The New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, NY.

Reinvestigating Myth, University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, PA.

Objects d' Art: Contemporary Folding Screens, Center for Crafts, Richmond, VA; Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA; Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD.





2013 Walter Gropius Master Artist Award, Huntington Museum of Art, WV.


2009 Anna Lamar Switzer Distinguished Artist Award, Anna  Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Pensacola, FL.


2006 Louis K. Bell Research Award for Outstanding Research, Augusta State University, Augusta, GA.


2004 Joan Mithchell Foundation Award.


2002 Individual Arts Fellowship, Virginia Commission for the Arts.


2001 PMCNJ Printmaking Residency, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Sommerset, NJ.


2000 Printmaking Fellow, Celadon Arts., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.


1996 Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic NEA.

Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY.


1993 National Printmaking Fellowship, Prints co-published by an NEA Special Projects Grant, and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking.


1992 Award in the Visual Arts (AVA).  

Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic NEA.


1991 Nominated for The Awards in the Visual Arts (AVA)(Also nominated 1987, 1986,1985,1983).

The Mayor's Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, Washington, DC.


1989 Artist Residency, Pyramid Atlantic, Washington, DC.

Individual Artist Award, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.


1988 Individual Artist Award, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


1986 Southeast 7-SECCA/RJR Individual Artist Fellowship, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.


1985 Nomination, The Howard Foundation Fellowship.


1984 Individual Artist Award, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC.






2006 Jerry Cullum, Beyond boundaries, ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, 5/14/06.


2002 Howard Risatti, Tom Nakashima at Anton Gallery, ARTFORUM, 3/2.


2001 Jessica Dawson, Tom Nakashima at Anton Gallery, THE WASHINGTON POST, 12/01.


1999 Ferdinand Protzman, Rob Barnard, Tom Nakashima at Anton Gallery, THE WASHINGTON POST, 12/23/99.

O’Sullivan, Michael, Freer, to the Fourth Power, THE WASHINGTON POST, 5/14/99, p. N 66, color reproduction.


1996 ELLE, Spring Fashion Special, 3/96, p. 273, Vol. XI, No. 127 (illus, Big Orange).

Birke, Judy, Artspace puts up a few formidable 'Barriers' in show, THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 10/27/96.

Zimmer, William, Sculptural Installation of Large Intention, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 11/396.


1995 Hemp, Christine, Tom Nakashima, Paintings, Horwitch LewAllen Gallery, THE, 11/95.


1994 Illustration for Table of Contents pages, THE PARIS REVIEW, Summer/94. 

Fleming, Lee, East Meets West, Tom Nakashima, THE WASHINGTON POST, 11/20/94.

Prokop, Alan, The Nature of Now, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/29/94.

McCoy, Mary, Nakashima's Asian Fascination Unfolds, THE WASHINGTON POST, 10/27/94.


1993 Auer, James, UWM Show Targets White Males, THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL, 4/25/93.

Dorsey, John, Goucher Exhibit Shows Draw of Japanese and American Aesthetic, The BALTMORE SUN, 3/19- 3/25/93.


1992 Littlefield, Kinney, Searing Statements from Sansei, LONG BEACH PRESS TELEGRAM, 5/10/92.

Knight, Christopher, Relocations in Long Beach, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 5/21/92.


1991 Gowen, Anne, Artist, Patrons Honored by Mayor, THE WASHINGTON POST, 11/1/91.

Koplos, Janet, Tom Nakashima at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, ART IN AMERICA, 10/91.

Moran, Edward, Tom Nakashima finds sanctuary in a vital East-West aesthetic, THE NEW YORK NICHIBEI, 2/7'91.

Suito, Makita, Tom Nakashima, TOKYO TIMES, Tokyo, Japan.


1990 Welzenbach, Michael, Nakashima Melding Cultures, THE WASHINGTON POST, 5/26/90.

Gibson, Eric, Skilled Technician Blooms with Imagery, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/26/90.

Risatti, Howard, Tom Nakashima, Washington Project for the Arts, ARTFORUM, 10/90.

Guthrie, Derek, Old Symbols, New Myths, an Interview with DC Artist Tom Nakashima, THE NEW ART EXAMINER, 9/90. 

Swift, Mary, Interview with Tom Nakashima, THE WASHINGTON REVIEW, 4- 5/90.





The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA.

Nelson Fine Art Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA.

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Western Development Corporation, Washington, DC.

Eric Colbert & Assoc, Architects, Washington DC.

AT&T, Washington, DC.

Merrill Lynch, Washington, DC.

The New DC Convention Center, Washington, DC.

The Anna Lamar Switzer Art Center, Pensacola Junior College, FL.

John and Mable Ringling Museum. of Art, Sarasota, FL.

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.

The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.

Georgia Museum. of Art, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Ft Wayne, IN.

The Snite Museum, Univ. of Notre Dame, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

Peat Marwick Mitchel, Chicago, IL.

Shiff/Hardin and Waite, Chicago, IL.

Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL.

Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Rutger's University, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ.

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ.

The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.

The Hyatt Regency, Arlington, VA.

Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.

Huntington Museum. of Art, Huntington, WV.

The Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV.

UNITAS, Kofu, Japan.

YES Corp, Kofu, Japan.

L'Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.


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