Tom Nakashima



Born in Seattle, Washington. Nakashima is The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State 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

& Sculptors

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 are 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 and  Elle.



His work is in the permanent collections of over 50 public collections. Included are The Corcoran Gallery 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 Art, Augusta 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. A short 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 State U,  The Ringling  College of Art,  Sonoma State University, Penland School of Craft and The Milwaukee College of Art.