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Résumé

I grew up in a rich natural environment in Japan, and I have always enjoyed observing nature. I learned traditional Japanese cultural practices, including flower arrangement, tea ceremony and calligraphy. Also, my grandmother encouraged me to develop my artistic appreciation when I was a little girl.

With this background, I today live in Iowa, which is a big state in the middle of the North American Continent. I feel a strong tie to nature wherever I am, and I enjoy traveling and experiencing different environments. I am fascinated by the mysteries and wonders of life and nature, and how matter changes in different circumstances.

Substances in and outside of the body consist of solid and fluid, and something in between. Also, substances transform as a solid becomes fluid, and fluid becomes gas. Over time, matter changes color, pattern, shape/ form, and substance. This macro process in an external environment- nature- is reflected by the micro environment in our own bodies, including cell activity. By exploring the internal environment, I focus my observations on several layers of personal femininity, including the physical, emotional, and psychological quality of being a woman.

Printmaking is one way to express my concepts. It allows me to experiment with layering as I build my imagery. Printmaking, and the combination of layering intrinsic to its practice, is the best way for me to express my own complex system of womanhood. In addition, this is a way to interpret changes in surface patterns, textures, and shapes I see in nature. Initially, my ideas are unique prints that I then transform into unique jewelry pieces.

EDUCATION

2006 M.F.A. degree in Jewelry and Metal Arts, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

2005 M.A. degree in Jewelry and Metal Arts, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2008 spring semester – 2013 spring semester  Mono Print, Advanced Lithography, and Graduate print workshop (by Professor Robert Glasgow, Fall semester), School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

2009 Summer workshop “nOw sOurce,” (by Professor Ruudt Peters), Ravenstein, the Netherlands

2007 Intensive Summer Course at Alchimia (a private school of Contemporary Jewellery), Florence, Italy

TEACHING & OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

2008 – 2012 Adjunct instructor, Jewelry: Metalsmithing I and II, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

2006 Invited a Japanese metal artist, Minato Nakamura, professor and the owner of May Flower Atelier, Tokyo, Japan, to Jewelry and Metal Arts program, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA and assisted as a translator of her lecture and workshop

2004 Invited a Japanese metal artist, Yasuki Hiramatsu, Professor Emeritus at the Tokyo National University of Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan, to Jewelry and Metal Arts program, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA, and assisted as a translator of his lecture and workshop

HONORS & AWARDS

2010  Design in Jewelry Award, “Nature by Design: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry,” national juried biennial exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA, USA

2007  Juror’s Special Mention in Jewelry, “Iowa Crafts 38,” statewide-juried exhibition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, USA (ring)

2007  Honorable Mention, “Thirty-first Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition,“ regional juried competition, Art Museum-RIFAE, Bergendoff Hall, Augustana College, Rockland, IL, USA (hollowware)

2005 Honorable Mention, “Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005,” Cheongju, South Korea (two rings and hollowware)

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2017

Invitational group show, 30th Anniversary show (showcase and runaway fashion-show) of Galerie CEBRA, Düsseldorf, Germany

Invitational group show, 25th Anniversary show of Galerie Orfèo, Luxemburg

Invitational local group show, “Feminist Retort,” White Rabbits, Iowa City IA, USA (group window installation with Tonya Kehoe, Vero Rosa Smith, and Emily Jalinsky/ mixed-media collaboration piece with Emily Jalinsky)

Invitational local group show, “All and Sundry,” RADinc, Iowa City, I USA

2016

“Material Girls,” invitational group show, Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, Brockway, PA

“Gururi no koto:Contemporary Art Jewelry show by Liisa Hashimoto and Satomi Kawai,” Art Gallery ESPACE 446, Osaka, Japan

“Bluestockings Collectives,” Public Space One, Iowa City, IA USA

“4th Iowa Metal Gild Show,” Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

2015

SIERAAD Art Fair,” international jewelry design fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Happy!” 25th Anniversary exhibition of Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, Switzerland

“Cooperation: Garnish” (collaboration necklace with Nikki Couppee) traveling exhibitions; Velvet da Vinci, Equinox Gallery, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Brooklyn Metal Works, Thomas Mann’s I/O Gallery,

2014

SIERAAD Art Fair,” international jewelry design fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2013

SIERAAD Art Fair,” international jewelry design fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Ferrous,” a collaborative juried exhibition by Velvet da Vinci, CA, and Carfthaus

2012

“Ho! Ho! Ho!” and “Adventure Box,” invitational participation in a Christmas group exhibition, Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, Switzerland

“Voyage 6,” invitational group exhibition, El. Marneri Gallery, Athens, Greece

The Body Adorned,” on-line juried exhibition by Society of North American Goldsmiths, USA

http://exhibitions.snagmetalsmith.org/bodyadorned/satomi-kawai

Behind the Brooch,” on-line juried exhibition by CraftHaus, USA

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/behind-the-brooch

Metal Element of Four Countries 2012; Korea/ Japan/ Taiwan/ USA,” Gallery Space Duru, Seoul, South Korea

Hot under the Collar: a Survey of Contemporary necklaces,” Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Phoenix, AZ, USA

2011

COLLECT,” contemporary Craft art fair organized by the British Crafts Council, hosted by Alternatives Gallery (Rome, Italy), Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Sparkle Plenty 7: Oran/ism,” invitational group show juried by Dan Di Caprio, Quirk gallery, Richmond, VA

From Minimal to Bling : Contemporary Studio Jewelry,” invitational participation in a biannual group show, the society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

The third Iowa Guild Exhibition; Raising Expectations,” invitational  participation in a regional group exhibition, LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2010

Nature by Design: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry,” national juried biennial exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA, USA

GALEX 44,” national juried exhibition, Galesburg Art Civic Center, Galesburg, IL, USA

2009

Jewelry in Motion,” national juried exhibition by Gail M. Brown, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA (special event in a fashion show format, in connection with the Society of North American Goldsmith conference)

The second Iowa Guild Exhibition,” invited to a regional group exhibition, the art salon, Figge Museum, Davenport, IA, USA (September-October)

2008

2008 Japan Jewellery Art Competition,” international juried exhibition, Japan Jewellry Designer Association, Ueno-no-Mori Museum, Tokyo, and Itami City Craft Center, Hyogo, Japan

2007

Craft Forms,”13th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

Topeka Competition 28,” national juried exhibition, Alice C Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, USA

Thirty-first Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition,“ regional juried exhibition, Art Museum-RIFAE, Augustana College, Rockland, IL, USA

“Iowa Crafts 38,” statewide juried exhibition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, USA

2006

Craft Forms,”12th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

2006 Japan Jewellery Art Competition,” international juried exhibition, Japan Jewellry Designer Association, Ueno-no-Mori Museum, Tokyo, and Itami City Craft Center, Hyogo, Japan

Reinterpreting the Vessel,” national juried exhibition, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Thoughts Materialized,” national juried students’ exhibition, Society of North America Goldsmith, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Thirtieth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition,“ regional juried competition, Art Museum-RIFAE, Bergendoff Hall, Augustana College, Rockland, IL, USA

GALEX 40,” national juried exhibition, Galesburg Art Civic Center, Galesburg, IL, USA

12 x 12,” national juried exhibition, Todd Gallery of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA

A Season of Art: Jewelry, Metalsmithing, and Sculpture,” Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

Mimetic of Life: Material Explorations/Objects for Contemplation,” two-persons show (Satomi Kawai and Jillian Moore), Art Gallery West, Art Building West, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

2005

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005,” international juried exhibition, Cheongju, South Korea

Topeka Competition 27,” national juried exhibition, Alice C Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, USA

Iowa Crafts: 37,” state-wide juried exhibition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, USA

La Petite VIII,” national juried exhibition, Alder Gallery, Coburg, OR, USA

Creativity, Craftsmanship, Innovations,” group exhibition, Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, IA, USA

2004

Metals A-Go-Go”, national juried students exhibition, Society of North America Goldsmith, Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Craft Forms,”10th Annual international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

The University of Iowa and Kyung-Geum Metalsmith Association Exhibition” Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

”Creativity, Craftsmanship, Innovations,” group exhibition, Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, IA, USA

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Behind the Brooches: A Closer Look at Backs, Cathces, and Pin Stems” by Lorena Angulo, Schiffer Publishing, PA, USA, February 2014

“Showcase 500 Art Necklaces,” Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Chughi Choo, photograph of a necklace), July 2013

“The Body Adorned,” the photo of a group of body ornament, Society of North America Goldsmiths, October 2012

“Madam Figaro Greece,” the photo of a model worn “Connection and Division Necklace,” December 2012

“Metal Element of Four Countries 2012; Korea/ Japan/ Taiwan/ U.S.A,” exhibition catalog, South Korea

500 Metal Vessels,” Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Fred Fenster, photograph of a hollowware) November 2007

500 Earrings,” page 91 and 122, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Alan Revere, photographs of two ear ornaments) April 2007

2006 Japan Jewellry Art Competition,” page 43, exhibition catalog, Tokyo, Japan (photograph of a ring)

500 Necklaces,” page 386, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Marjorie Schick) October 2006

The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry,” page 139, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, USA (Juror: Joanna Gollberg, photograph of a ring) April 2006

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005,” page 26, exhibition catalog, Cheongju, South Korea, (photographs of two rings and hollowware) 2005

COLLECTIONS

Ring, Alice & Louise Koch Collection of Rings, Geneva, Switzerland

Necklace, 2013 Fondazione Cominelli Permanent Collection, San Felice del Benaco, Italy

Necklace, Olnick-Spanu Collection, New York, USA

GALLEY REPRESENTASION

Alternatives Gallery, (Roma, Italy)  http://www.no-gram.com/39_satomi-kawai (cloud shop)

Friends of Carlotta, (Zürich, Switzerland)

Galerie Orfeo(Luxembourg)

El. Marneri galerie (Athens, Greece)

Galerie CEBRA (Düsseldorf, Germany)

The Smithtery (Columbus, OH, USA)

Gilded Pear Gallery (Cedar Rapids, IA, USA)

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.