Gabriel Bizen Akagawa curriculum vitae (2006-current )

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2002-2004 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Masters of Fine Arts
  • Sculpture
2000-2001 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Post-Baccalaureate
  • Sculpture
1995-1999 Macalester College St. Paul, MN Bachelor of Arts
  • Major: Studio Arts, Sculpture emphasis

Work / Teaching Experience

2010 Assistant Adjunct Professor. Sculpture Department: Foundry: Transformed Objects, Mold Making.
2009 Invited Artist for “Crit-O-Rama”
2006-2009 SAIC Sculpture Department Rep. Central Graduate Portfolio Review Day.
2009 Faculty/Assistant Adjunct Professor. Sculpture Department: Foundry Projects: Components, Inclusions and Events, Foundry: Transformed Objects, Mold Making.
2009 Mentor. Power Tools 4 Home, Work, Studio. Professional Practice Symposium.
2009 Instructor. Casting Identity
2009 Instructor. Critique Workshop.
2009 Instructor. Mapping Desire
2007-2009 Academic Advisor. Academic Advising and Student Success with the Office of Student Affairs.
2008 Faculty. Sculpture Department: Sculpture As Medicine: Fetishes, Physiological Spaces, and Healing Actions, Foundry: Transformed Objects, Foundry: Hybrid Objects, Foundry Projects
2008 Curator. Sculpture As Medicine class, student exhibition.
2008 Co-Curator. Mountain. A Faketure Consortium Project.
2007 Faculty. Sculpture Department: Sculpture As Medicine: Fetishes, Physiological Spaces, and Healing Actions, Foundry,Transformed
  • Objects, Foundry Projects, Sculptural Practices: Concepts, Materials, Processes.
2007 Faculty Supervisor for the Molten Metal Group: students attending SLOSS, Birmingham, Alabama
2007 Co-Curator. Molehills. A Faketure Consortium Project.

2007 Booth Attendant. Crab Tree Farm Special exhibition display
  • SOFA, Navy Pier Chicago, IL
2006 Faculty. Sculpture Department: Beginning Foundry, Cutting Edge Sculpture, Foundry Projects, Mold Making and Casting
2005 Faculty. Sculpture Department: Beginning Foundry, Foundry Projects
2005 Curator. Ten Percent, Student exhibition for J. Morgan Puett Reception
2005 Visiting Artist. Sculpture Department, Winter Interim Woodworking

2005 Curator Faketure Exhibition
2005 Guest Artist for Gerry Christiansen course critiques
2005 Production Manager for the artist, Saya Woolfalk
2003-2006 Co-facilitator of Orrington Artist-in-Residency Program
2002-2006 Residency Recruiter/Coordinator
  • Crab Tree Farm Foundation, Lake Bluff, IL
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Boards / Committees

2009 Studio Seminar Curriculum Retreat, Dean’s Retreat
2008-2009 Secretary/Treasurer, SAIC Chapter of American Association of University Professors
2008-2009 Part-time Faculty Representative, Dean’s Committee on Part Time Concerns
2007 Member, Ad Hoc SAIC Part Time Concerns Committee
2005-2007 Faculty Coordinator for the Base Space: Critique, Documentation and Exhibition Space

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TBA Renovated Dreams: Social/Curitorial Exhibition
  • TBA
2010 Junctional: Group Exhibition
  • TBA
2010 Cold Storage: Group Exhibition
2009 TBA: Group Exhibition
  • Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL
2009 Paul Who? And why the !@#$ should I care?: Group exhibition
  • slow Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 Material Afterlife: Group Exhibition
2009 Foundry Tree Project
2008 the Honeycomb Ceiling Project.
2008 Mountain: a force of Faketure A Faketure Consortium Project.
2008 Unpacked/Offset: Solo Social Exhibition
2007 Remake: the Sequel: Group Exhibition
2007 Molehills. A Faketure Consortium Project.
2006 The Massage Project; invited solo performance
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Exhibition and Events Retreat, Saugatuck, MI
2006 The World is Flat; drawing exhibition
2006 Activate Terrains: Group Exhibition Chicago, IL

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2008 Chicago Artists Month Pecha Kucha Night Event (featured but not attended)
2008 Artist's Talk
2008 Artist's Talk

2007 Northern Illinois Art Museum Visiting artist lecture

2006 Artist’s Talk

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Internships / Residencies

2006 Artist-in-Residence
2006 Artist-in-Residence
2003-2006 Artist-in-Residence

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2009 Presidential Urban Engagement Grant
2008 Grainger Faculty Enrichment Grant
2006 Alliance of Artists Communities Nomination Providence,
  • RI Canadian Artists’ Representation Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens, BC, Canada

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2005 Yoyo Bench, Double Arch Bridge
2001 Burr Oak Bell

2000 Tao Door
2000 Elephant Bench and Mazullo’s Lever

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Volunteer / Outreach

2002-2010 Site Coordinator for Crab Tree Farm/SAIC Annual Iron Pour, Lake Bluff, IL
2009 Atelier Farda student group

2009 A Capella Cupoli SAIC Iron Pour
2009 Juror for Evolving Artists Art Competition and Exhibit
2007, 2009 Faculty Supervisor for the Molten Metal Group: SAIC students attending the Southern and National Conferences on Cast Iron Art
2007 Sculpture Departmental Representative for Transfer Student orientation day, SAIC.

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"Artists’ Readings", , website database founder and senior editor.
"Chicago in Visual Vocabulary," by Sigalit Zetouni, Chicago Life Magazine, Supplement to the New York Times, November, 2008.
"My Art, My Family," by Gabriel Akagawa, Chicago Artists Resource Artist Story, Chicago, IL, September, 2008.
“3-D modeling programs” by Gabriel Akagawa in the Chapter “Application Readiness,” The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions.

  • By Basa, Lynn. (New York: Allworth Press. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, co-publisher), March 2008.
"Internship leads to partnership in foundry industry," by Sonja Schneider, Journal News, Chicago IL, February 28, 2007.
"Demonstrating global impact," by Poria Priegert, Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC, June 26, 2006.

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