2009 Switzer Distinguished Artist Tom Nakashima


Oil on wood
Donation by the artist

Tom Nakashima is an internationally exhibited artist who has had over 30 major solo exhibitions. He has had solo shows in N.Y., Washington, and Japan. His work has appeared or been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum International, Art News, The Washington Post, The Paris Review,, The New Art Examiner, Southern Accents and Elle Magazine. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including: The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters & Sculptors, The Mayor Award for Excellence (DC), The Awards in the Visual Arts 11 , The Southeast Center for Contemporary Art 7, The Virginia Art Commissions Individual Arts Fellowship, The Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship (2 times) and The DC Arts Commission Fellowship (3 times). The KOAN poll (artist vote) rated him DC’s #1 printmaker and # 2 painter.
Nakashima’s work is in the permanent collections of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, L’Hermitage and numerous other museums. Nakashima is a Professor Emeritus from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Nakashima is The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University.