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Gabriel Bizen Akagawa was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He was educated in the public school system until attending Macalester College. After receiving his B.A., he moved to Chicago with his wife for graduate school. She is a PhD candidate at University of Chicago. He has received a post-baccalaureate certificate and MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Akagawa is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Sculpture department and an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising and Student Success department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He exhibits regularly as a Chicago-based artist. He has been awarded Artist-in-Residencies at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, British Columbia, at Crabtree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. His curatorial projects include an ongoing and changing series he initiated in 2005 called “Faketure” (fake nature), which lead to the founding the Faketure Consortium of Artists. Their works can be found at http://faketure.wikispaces.com/ . His situates his art and curatorial practices as medicinal activities to investigate humanity's complex relationship with nature.

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His online art projects can be found at
http://foundrytree.wikispaces.com/
http://unpacked-offset.wikispaces.com/ , http://afternature.blogspot.com/ , http://treestories.blogspot.com/ , and http://ballution.blogspot.com/ . Also, see Links for more.




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