Makoto Fujimura, an accomplished contemporary artist and recently appointed Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is highly regarded as an international cultural shaper and catalyst whose exhibitions, writings, lectures and symposiums have inspired artists and art supporters to move towards a generative creative culture. His work is represented by Artrue International and has been exhibited around the world, including New York, London, Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong.
Fujimura was selected to be a National Scholarship recipient and graduated as the top student with a MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts, the most prestigious art program in Japan. Upon graduation he was apprenticed by Master Nihonga painter Matazo Kayama (1927- 2004) and achieved a post MFA Doctorate level degree. From 2003 to 2009, he was a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts of the USA, advising governmental policies on the arts and serving as an international arts advocate.
Fujimura is a recipient of four Doctor of Arts Honorary degrees from Belhaven University in 2011, Biola University in 2012, Cairn University in 2014 and Roanoke College in 2015. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s “Arts and Religion Award” in 2014. He is also the founder and visionary for the arts advocacy organization, International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute.
Fujimura was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1960 and spent his formative years between the US, Japan, and Sweden due to his father’s work as a distinguished scientist in acoustics research. He and his wife, Judy, now reside near Princeton, New Jersey.
2015 -Present Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts
2015 Board of Trustees at Bucknell
2003 – 2008 Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts of the USA
2001 – Present Founder of Fujimura Institute
1992 – Present Founder and Creative Director, International Arts Movement
1992 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Doctoral Level program in Nihonga, National Cultural Affairs Scholar
1989 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, M.F.A.
1983 Bucknell University, double major in Art and Animal Behavior, B.A., with a minor in Creative Writing, B.A.
2014 American Academy of Religion’s “Arts and Religion Award”
‧ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, The Sato Museum, Japan
‧ Cincinnati Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, USA
2018 The Beauty of Silence – The Contemporary Art of Makoto Fujimura , Solo Exhibition, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel (February 24th – May 27th, 2018)
2017 New Works, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 Silence and Beauty, Solo Exhibition, Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, New York, USA
2016 Golden Sea, Solo Exhibition, Ahmanson Gallery, California, USA
2015 Aroma, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Beaux Arts, Taiwan
2015 Fire and Water, Solo Exhibition, Galerie Huit, Hong Kong
2015 A Glimpse of Splendor, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Beaux Arts, Taiwan
2013 Golden Sea, Solo Exhibition, Dillon Gallery, New York, USA
2012 – 2013 FOUR QU4RTETS, Baylor, Duke, and Yale Universities and Gordon College, USA
2011 Nihonga: New Traditions, Dillon Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Olana – Songs of Ascent, Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2008 Sanbi-shosha Collection Acquisition Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
2007 New Art, Curated by Keiji Hayashi, Yokohama Citizen’s Gallery, Japan
2006 Water Flames and Zero Summer, Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., USA
Making Peace, Solo Exhibition, The City of London Festival with Yoko Ono, London,UK
2005 Considering Peace, Sato Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2003 – 2004 The Still Point, Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Contemporary Nihonga Artists – the Pioneers, Okazaki Museum, Japan
Golden Pines, Solo Exhibition, Dillon Gallery, Oyster Bay, New York
1998 Contemporary Nihonga, Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Japan