About

Motoko Furuhashi was born in 1982 in Tokyo, Japan. She received her MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been exhibited nationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Oakland Museum of California.

Work

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N Broadway Ave Urbana IL
2011, metal

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N Broadway Ave Urbana IL Detail
2011, metal

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Hammer sank pewter
2011, metal

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Sentimental
2012, metal

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Ornament
2011, metal

member

Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Assistant Professor

D.W. Williams Hall
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: 575-646-5329

Email: motoko@nmsu.edu

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
2013-present

Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Master of Fine Arts in Metals
2008-2011
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
2005-2007
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California
Associate Degree in Art
2003-2005

Selected Awards and Grants
“MSG’s Third Place Award”, Jewelry + Objects 2013, Mount Clemens, Michigan
2013
“List of Teacher Ranked Excellent by Their Students”, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
Spring 2011
“Master Thesis Travel Grant,” University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2011
“Helen E. Platt Blake MFA Materials Grant”, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2011
“Reese Bullen Award,” Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, California
2006
“Talisman Award,” Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, California
2006
“Van Duzer Art Scholarship,” Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2006
“Tokusen” (highest honor), calligraphy exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1995
“Tokushou” (best in show), student exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1993

Certificate
“Teacher Scholar Certificate,” Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2011
“Graduate Teacher Certificate,” Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2011

Professional Lectures and Workshops
Workshop on Material Exploring: concrete, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas
2013

Curated Exhibitions
6×6, Indigo Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2010

Invitational Exhibitions
2013 A+D Alumni Reunion, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2013
North Park Art Walk, North Park Art District, Chicago, Illinois
2011
Nomadic fantasia, Curator: Yun Jeong Hong, Indigo Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2011
Participation for John Baldessari’s Framed Heights work, Curator: Tricia Van Eck, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
2010

Selected Exhibitions
La Cour Des Miracles, Alliages, Lille, France
2013
CRAFTFORMS 2013, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2013
Jewelry + Object 2013, The Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, Michigan
2013
Coated, The Studio, Brooklyn, New York
2013
Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2013
Ferrous, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California
2013
OMG kittens kittens kittens, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2012
2nd Annual BAC Faculty Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois
2012
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois
2011
Artsplosia, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Illinois
2011
Fluxutation, Juried Digital Exhibition, SNAG Conference, Seattle, Washington
2011
Materials Hard and Soft, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas
2011
6×6, Indigo Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
2010
All Together Now, MFA Group Exhibition, Link Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2010
Hide and Seek, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2010
Art Chicago, International Art Fair, Merchandise Mart, Chicago Illinois
2010
Boneyard Arts Festival, Metals at Illinois, Kessler Optical, Champaign, Illinois
2010
Ornament/Element, Link Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2010
A Presence of Thought; Juried Digital Exhibition, SNAG Conference, Houston, Texas
2010
No Boundaries, Glassell Junior School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
2010
eXtreme Tea, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas
2010
In Progress, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
2009
A Solo Show in 16 Parts, Link Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
2009
Toys Designed by Artists, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009
CRAFTFORMS 2008, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2008
Beyond Borders International Art Competition, Viking Union Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
2008
Putting the Band Back Together, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
2008
Juried Student Show, MPC Gallery, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California
2008
Metals in Motion, Oakland Museum of California, Collectors Gallery, Oakland, California
2008
Sculpture Walk, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2007
Duo Show, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2007
Student Show, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona
2007
Public Art Piece, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2006
Selected Exhibition Continue

Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Weaverville, California
2006
Group Show, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2006
Student Show, Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
2006
Student Show, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona
2005,06
Artist Book, Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, California
2005
Seating Arrangements, Monterey Peninsula Airport Art Gallery, Monterey, California
2003
Tokyo Selected Calligraphy Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1995
Setagaya Selected Student Calligraphy, Tokyo Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1994
Tokyo Selected Student Calligraphy Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1993
Setagaya Selected Student Calligraphy, Tokyo Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1992

Special Accomplishments
Level 5 (one rank before Master) of calligraphy, Tokyo, Japan
1991-2000

Selected Publications
Exhibition in print 2013. Vol33. No.4, guest curated by Susan Cohn, Metalsmith magazine
2013
Jewel Book, Jaak Van Damme, Stichting Kunstboak
2012
Humor in Craft, Brigitte Martin, Schiffer Publishing
2012
New Rings, Nicolas Estrada, Promopress
2011
Steel Wire Jewelry, Brenda Schweder, Lark books
2011
500 Plastic Jewelry Designs, Lark Books
2009
“HSU Work Reveals Artists’ Emotions,” Times-Standard
2/16/2007
“Ethnicity Expressed Through Art,” The Lumber Jack
11/15/2006
“Sculpting Diversity,” The Eureka Reporter
11/14/2006

Organizations
American Craft Council
2013-present
Metal Guild
2009-2010
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
2007-2009
Society of North American Goldsmiths
2005-present

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