We are very proud to announce that Etsuko Ichikawa has received the 2020 Arts Innovator Award. Funded by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, the Arts Innovator Award (AIA) comprises two unrestricted awards of $25,000 that recognize Washington state artists of all disciplines who demonstrate innovation in their practice. The 2020 award is shared with artist collaborators Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl.
The 2020 AIA recipients create works that push viewers to think deeply about transformative social change. Across a variety of mediums and disciplines, these artists invite audiences to explore the personal responsibility within these efforts and to critically question current society’s legacy.
Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multi-media artist. She graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in Japan in 1987 with a BFA and moved to Seattle in 1993 to continue her studies. She most recently used uranium glass as a key element in her sculpture, installation, film, and photography, a material that relates to the devastating 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan.
Etsuko shared, “To be recognized as innovative represents a tremendous step forward for my art practice. The Arts Innovator Award gives me the confidence to pursue my own original vision and continue creating work. To receive such a prestigious award is an honor. My gratitude to all who have believed in me and offered their support!”
19 August 2020