Born in Seattle, Washington. Nakashima is The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta
University. He is a painter/printmaker who has exhibited internationally.
M.F.A & MA., University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana 1966 -1968
B.A., Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa 1966.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters
Awards in the Visual Arts 11 (1992)
Individual Artist Award DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (1984, 1988 & 1989)
The Anna Lamar Switzer Distinguished Artist 2009
The Mayor's Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Washington, DC (1991)
MidAtlantic Visual Arts Fellowship (NEA - 1992 & 1996)
Individual Artist Fellowship, (2002)
Virginia Commission for the Arts; Nominated for the AVA (1983,1985, 1986, 1987, 1991 & 1992)
National Printmaking Fellowship (NEA), Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking (1993)
Artist in Residence, Pyramid Atlantic (1989)
Print Residency, The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (2001)
Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz (1996)
Printmaking Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University, funded by Celadon Inc. (2000)
SECCA 7, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (1986)
He has had over 30 solo exhibitions including Tom Nakashima: A Retrospective, The Washington Project
for the Arts; Screens, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Henri Gallery and Anton Gallery (represented
since 1985), Washington, DC; The Yamanashi Museum of Art, Kofu, Japan; Tom Nakashima; Two
Decades, The Morris Museum of Southern Art, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, NY; Horwitch LewAllen,
Santa Fe; Balkin Fine, Arts, Chicago and Teplitzky & Scott Fine Arts, Cincinnati.
Nakashima has been reviewed or written about in hundreds of publications internationally. Included
Art Forum, Art in America, ArtNews, The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, New American Paintings, The
Washington Review of the Arts, The Washington Post, The New York Nichibei, The Washington Times,
Museum & Arts Washington, Images & Issues, The Chicago Sun Times, The Washington Star, Dossier,
and Contemporanea. In addition to art publications his work has been reproduced in The Paris Review
His work is in the permanent collections of over 50 public collections. Included are The Corcoran
of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Long Beach Museum of Art, The Jane Voorhees
Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers), The Jersey City Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of
Georgia, The Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans , LA, MOCA/GA, Atlanta, GA, The High Museum of
Art, Atlanta, GA and The Georgia Museum of Art, Athens , GA
He has lectured and been a panelist in universities and arts organizations in the U.S. and Japan.
list includes The Corcoran School of Art, The College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth
University, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The College Art Association, Providence College,
American University, George Washington University, The University of Maryland, Bennington College
(for Art New England), The University of Notre Dame, The Maryland Institute of Art, Rutgers University
, Washington University, Clemson University, The Milwaukee College of Art & Design, Oregon
The Ringling College of Art, Sonoma State University, Penland School of Craft and
College of Art.