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My work is the means to awake viewers and wearers, make them aware of their own bodies and the evanescence of life. It becomes a theater for the indelible physical and emotional memories of everyday. I present rampant, uncontrolled growth and decay in my work. The objects are both sensual and strange, and suggest an experience of the body that is altered by the tactile and visual characteristics of the article.

 

Engaging craft as process is an important part of my work. Because craft and body beautification methods signify an obsession with ideal beauty, a human fantasy only objects are able to embody.

Masako Onodera utilizes craft techniques in her art and connects the audience emotionally to the materials and practices employed. Her creations suggest an experience of the body altered by the tactile and visual characteristics of the object.

Onodera was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2011 and received the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2006 and 2007. Her work is featured in many of the Lark Books 500 series, Metalsmith magazine and part of many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR, the Mobile Museum of Art, AL, and the Toledo Museum of Art, OH. The artist graduated with an MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and is an assistant professor in Art Metals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Selected Awards and Grants

2014                      Juror’s award: People moving the field forward in an interesting and thoughtful way, CraftForms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

2011                      Individual Excellence Award in 2011, Ohio Arts Council, USA

Artist Scholarship Award, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, USA

Jewelry+Objects 2011, June Hauk Award, Michigan Silversmiths Guild, USA

2007                      Society of North American Goldsmith Student Endowment Scholarship

The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

28th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition Juror’s Award, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, USA

Materials: Hard and Soft 2007 Exhibition Award, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, USA

Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

2006                      Society of North American Goldsmith Student Endowment Scholarship

Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

2005                      Brodie Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

2004                      Contemporary Craft Collection Purchase Award, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, USA

2003                      NICHE Student Awards Finalist, NICHE Magazine, Baltimore, MR, USA

2002                      General Scholarship for Summer 2002, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA

2001                      The 2nd Cheongju International Craft Competition Honorable Mentions, Cheongju, South Korea

 

Selected Public Collections

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN, USA

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, USA

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, USA

Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC, USA

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, USA

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA

 

Selected Publications

2014                      Art Jewelry Forum SHIFT by Jess Tolbert, reffered, On-line Exhibition Review, http://www.artjewelryforum.org/exhibition-reviews/shift

2013                      Fiber Art Now 2013, Plastics in Fiber by Leisa Rich, reffered, p22, Vol.2 Issue4, East Freetown, MA, USA

2012                      Metalsmith 2012, Vol. 32, No. 5, p.59, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

2011                      21st Century Jewelry, Lark Crafts, Asheville, NC, USA

Art Jewelry Today 3, Schiffer Publishing, PA, USA

Metalsmith 2011, Vol. 31, No.4, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

2010                      Museum, January/February 2010 Vol. 89, No. 1, American Association of Museums, DC, USA

2009                      Metalsmith 2009, Vol. 30, No. 2, p.15, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

500 Plastic Jewelry Designs, p.43, 98, Lark Books, Ashville, NC, USA

500 Enameled Objects, p.115, Lark Books, Ashville, NC, USA

ACTIVA, No.38, Design Deffusion Edizioni, Milan, Italy

2008                      500 Pendants & Lockets, p.112, Lark Books, Ashville, NC, USA

2007                      Metalsmith 2007, Vol. 27, No. 5, p.59, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

SNAG News May/June 2007, Vol. 15, No. 3, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

500 Earrings, p.35, p.130, Lark Books, Ashville, NC, USA

2006                      Metalsmith 2006, Vol. 26, No. 5, p.60, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

SNAG News Letter 2006, July/August, Vol. 14, No. 3, Society of North American Goldsmiths, OR, USA

2005                      Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, p.36 Lark Books, NC, USA

2004                      The New York Times, July 4, 2004

“Ah, the Beauty of Genetic Engineering, and Other Sculptures, ” Exhibition Review, New York, NY, USA

2003                      Good Times Santa Cruz County’s News & Entertainment Weekly

Feature of the Art “Blown Away” Solo Exhibition Review, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

2002                      Museum Currents 2002, March/April, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, USA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011                      “Tactile Bodies” William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA

2009                      “The Way of Flesh” International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL, USA

2003                      “Genetically Modified” L. H. Selman Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

1997                      “Masako Onodera Recent Work” Gallery Ikusasu, Tokyo, Japan

 

Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2016                      forthcoming, May, Title undecided, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, USA

forthcoming, May, Title undecided, Galerie La Vitrine Au Soleil, Brussels, Belgium

forthcoming, September, SHADOW THEMES; FINDING THE ORESENT IN THE PAST, Reinstein/Ross Gallery, NY, USA

2015                      Project 837, Project PLASE, Baltimore, MD, USA

2014                      (In)Organic, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, USA

2013                      Shift: Contemporary Makers That Define, Expand and Contradict The Field of Art Jewelry

Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

Miyazawa and Onodera: 3D Invitational, Leeds Gallery, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA               

2012                      Body Language, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

2011                      Sparkle Plenty 7: Organ/Ism, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA

Objects of Status, Power and Adornment, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA

Nomadic Fantasia, Indi-go Art Gallery, Champaign, IL, USA

All Things Asian, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA

Wearable Sculpture, California State University Long Beach, CA, USA

                                Process and Practice: Collaborations Between Metalsmith and Printmakers, Northern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, USA

Exhibition in Motion, The Society of North American Goldsmith Annual Conference, Houston, TX, USA

2010                      Contemporary Metal Art –Sailing to the future, Industrial Exhibition Hall, The Vestige of Heijyo Palace, Nara, Japan

The Plastic Show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA, USA

20/20, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL, USA

Transmutations, Traveling Exhibition, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston TX, Facere Jewelry Art Gallery,                                         Seattle WA, Gallery Loupe, Montclair NJ, USA

Exhibition in Motion, The Society of North American Goldsmith Annual Conference, Houston, TX, USA

2009                      NEXT ICONOCLASTS, Hoffman Galley, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA

Exhibition in Motion, The Society of North American Goldsmith Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008                      OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, USA

Pulse of a Perfect Heart, I space Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

LINEAGE & LEGACY, The Hall Gallery, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, USA

3rd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition, Gallery 100, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

The Art of Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

2007                      Natural Tendency, The Link Gallery, Champaign, IL, USA

The Teapot Redefined, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA

2006                      Evolution: Form and Function, The Link Gallery, Champaign, IL, USA

2005                      Contemporary Works In Glass, Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center, Nashville, TN, USA

The Appalachian Center for Craft: Faculty and Resident Artists, Leu Art Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, USA

Illuminations 2, 1212Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA

2004                      Illuminations, 1212Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA

2003                      Botanicals The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, USA

Northern Lights, Running Ridge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA

 

Selected Juried Exhibitions since 2001

2016                      Wisconsin Biennial 2016, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI, USA

2015                      Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2014                      CraftForm 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

2014                      New Fibers 2014, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI, USA

2013                      CraftForm 2013, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

2011                      Jewelry+Objects, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI, USA

Best of 2011, traveling exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Kent State University, OH, USA

2010                      Carnic, Norman and Onodera, Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, OH, USA

                                2010 Fine Contemporary Craft National Exhibition, Artspace Visual Art Center, Raleigh, NC, USA

2009                      The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition, Ishikawa Wajima Urushi Art Museum, Wajima, Japan

                                Best of 2009, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Kent State University, OH, USA

2008                      The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition, Meitetsu M’za Exhibition Hall, Kanazawa, Japan

Led By Thread, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA

Co-laboratory, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

Composing Good and Evil, online exhibition, www.ethicalmetalsmith.org

Touching Warms the Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, USA

2007                      Mesa Contemporary Art’s 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, USA

Close to the Skin, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Craft Forms 2007, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, USA

                                Exploring Boundaries: Evolutionary Metal, Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

                                ITAMI International Craft Exhibition 2007, The Museum of Arts and Crafts ITAMI, Hyogo, Japan

Fiber National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, USA

The Kinsey Institute’s Juried Erotic Art Show 2007, The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, USA

                                Mesa Contemporary Art’s 28th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, USA

2007 Materials: Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, USA

Mixed Message, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA

2006                      Multiples, The Jewelry Studio, Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

Thoughts Materialized 2006 SNAG Juried Student Exhibition, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

Reinterpreting the Vessel, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

The Kinsey Institute’s Juried Erotic Art Show 2006, The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, USA

I have a Dream, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2005                      Craft USA ’05 National Craft Triennial, The Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, USA

2004                      Off the Rim: Selections from the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, USA

Best of Tennessee Craft Biennial Exhibit, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, USA

2003                      bigLITTLE, Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA

                                Society of North American Goldsmith Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2003

California College of Arts and Crafts SF campus, San Francisco, CA, USA

2002                      Exemplary Contemporary 2002, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California, CA, USA

Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial, The 600 Townsend Building, San Francisco, CA, USA

2001                      The Second Cheongju International Craft Competition -The Breath of Nature

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2001, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju, South Korea

 

Lectures and Workshops Presented

2016                      forthcoming, “Fibersmithing” Workshop, Zoom symposium, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, USA

2013                      “The Permeable Process” Visiting artist lecture, “Fibersmithing” demonstration, studio visits to MFA candidates in glass Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA

Artist Talk, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA

 

“The Permeable Process” Visiting artist Lecture and “Fibersmithing” Workshop,

University of Wisconsin-OshKosh, OshKosh, WI, USA

“The Permeable Process” Visiting Artist Presentation, HAWK University, Hildesheim, Germany

2012                      “Fiber Techniques in Jewelry” Lecture and demonstration

East Carolina University Metals Symposium, Material Topics, Greenville, NC, USA

2012                      “The Permeable Process” Visiting Artist Lecture and critic University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA

“Fibersmithing” Workshop, Tap Studio, Cleveland, OH, USA

“The Permeable Process” Visiting Artist Lecture and felting demonstration, Tokyo Kasei University, Tokyo, Japan

2011                      “The Permeable Process” Artist Presentation -Spotlight On, Emerging artist lecture,

Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference in Seattle, USA

2010                      “Tactile Bodies” Featured Artist Lecture

Michigan Silversmith Guild, Annual Meeting, Eastern Michigan University, MI, USA

2009                      “The Way of Flesh” Visiting Artist Lecture and, “Felt Jewelry” 2 days Workshop

Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX, USA

“The Way of Flesh” Guest Artist Lecture, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

“Urushi lacquer” Guest Speaker, Japanese Club, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA

2007                      “The Lacquer from Nature –Urushi” Lecture and Demonstration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

“Urushi lacquer” Guest Speaker, Japan House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Residency

2016                      Smitten Forum, Pocosin Art Center, Columbia, NC, USA

2003-2005          Artist in Residence in Metals Program, Tennessee Technological University Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN, USA

 

Education

MFA in Metals, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

BFA in Interior Design, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kanagawa, Japan, 1989

 

Professional Affiliations

Society of North American Goldsmith, 2003, 2005~present

American Craft Council, 2003~present

Michigan Silversmith Guild, 2008~present

 

Teaching Experiences

2012 – present    Assistant Professor in Art Metals, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI, USA

2008 – 2012        Instructor, Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing, 3D foundation, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA

 

 

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