About Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda is a Japanese American visual artist working primarily on painting. To speak to the core of humanity, she seeks connections among cultures both from the past and present and build artistic foundation from her native and adapted cultural heritages. Sugawara-Beda has exhibited her work through numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at commercial and university galleries, art centers, and regional museums. Her works have been shortlisted for various art competitions including the Door Prize (Bristol, England), ArtGemini Prize (London, England), and7th National Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery (New York). Publications include the 87th New American Paintings, Expose Art Magazine, AEQAI, London Post, and Athenaeum Review. Awards include a Faculty International Development Award, SeedGrant, Alumni Award for Excellence Mentor, Diversity Fellow Program, InternationalEnhancement Grant, Idaho Art Fellow, University Research Council Research Grant, Sam Taylor Fellowship, and Summer Research Fellowship have supported her artistic research. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Southern MethodistUniversity in Dallas, Texas.

New Brunswick Art Salon 2020 – “The Space Between” – Women’s Caucus for Art New York City Chapter

Artist Personal Website: www.nishikibeda.com

Email: nishiki@nishikibeda.com

Artist Statement 

I am reaching to my own core in order to connect with the core of humanity, believing that we can connect and find our true spiritual landscape there—somewhere between your core my core. With my paintings, I aim to offer a spiritual landscape visually, so that viewers may find their own spiritual worlds or form on their own using the image as a catalyst. When things are uncertain, we dig down and find the base—the certain things. 


2010 MFA in Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2005             

2005 BA in Fine Arts, Portland State University, Portland, OR



2022  TBA, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)

2021  TBA, Susan O. Ahern, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI (forthcoming)

TBA, Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH (forthcoming)

2020 Zero at Home, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX

2019 Spirit of the Day, Thonson Gallery, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

2018 Spirit of the Day, University Gallery, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

2017 HANA, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

         Words Walking, Doris Ulmann Galleries, Berea College, Berea, KY

         Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Marmot Art Space, Spokane, WA

2016 Word Terminal, Northcutt Steele Gallery, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT

2015 Trace, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

         Written Unwritten, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD

2014 Now, Written Unwritten, CSN, College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV

         Re:Word Within, The Studios Gallery, Derbyshire, England, UK

         Word Within, FireHouse Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR

2012 Kotodama, University of Cincinnati Clermont College Art Gallery, Clermont, OH

2011 Goodship Friendship Kinship, Empire Art Center, Grand Forks, ND

2010 MFA Thesis, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2007 Seismic Linguistics, Bamboo Grove Salon Gallery , Portland, OR

2006 Emersion, Art Insitute of Portland Gallery Portland, OR

2005      Memoir, Arcuate Gallery, Tokoyo, Japan    



2011 Attentive Gestures- three-person, LRC Gallery, College of Sequoias, Visalia, CA Attentive Gestures (forthcoming)

2020 Between the Layers of — two-person, Paper Gallery, Manchester, England, UK

          Peculiar Tie-In — two person, Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite, TX

2019   And Then Unfold — three person, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

2018 Mélange — two person, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

2014 inflocks — two person, Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

2012 From Dark into Light — four person, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

2011 Three-Person Show, Parkwood Gallery-Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH

2006 Emersion – two person, Art Institute of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR





64 ARTS, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL (forthcoming)

The Space Between: Questions of Place in Times of Uncertainty, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ (forthcoming)

The Black and White Show, Core New Art Space, Lakewood, CO

So Close, Side x Side Contemporary (online)

On the Surface, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

Abstract Mind, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea


HANARART, Nara, Japan

ICA Fellowship Touring Exhibit, King Gallery, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls; Center for Arts and History, Lewiston; Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls; Gem Center for the Arts, Boise, ID

Texas National, Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Traditions: Compounded, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Paper In Particular, Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO


Visualizing Science, The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

Untitled 14, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Works on/of Paper, Salmon Library Gallery, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL


INTERSTATE, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Faculty Exhibition, Prichard gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (2013,14, and 15)

Visualizing Science, Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


Armstrong National – 2nd Place, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA

tXtme, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA


TAG 2015, Altru Convention Center, Grand Forks, ND

UNVEIL, Post Contemporary – CAC Woodside, Troy, NY

Art by America: A Review of 2-D Contemporary Art, The Art House, Chicago, IL

Louisiana Biennial, SOD Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

The Seventh National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY


PAPERWORKS UNBOUND, Williamsburg Art Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

ArtGeminiPrize 2014, TriSpace Gallery, London, UK ViewPoints, Aljira-a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ Paint Like You Mean It, IR11 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2014 Collector’s Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA


(Inter)Connections, WoCA Projects, Fort Worth, TX

A Sense of Space 2013, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA

Pinnacle 2013, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Center: Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Winter’s Shadow Cast by Light, 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA

Background theater image, works by Selene Carter with Amy Burrell, Indiana University Contemporary Dance, Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Bloomington, IN


2012 Autumn Art Auction, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

PHENOMENA, Phatory Gallery, NYC, NY

7th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Swab, Pantocrator Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Gallery Kitchen, University Cincinnati Clermont College Art Gallery, Clermont, OH

The Door Prize, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

Paint the Town Red, West Annex-Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

We Feel Like **** , Gallerybar, New York City, NY

Post/Present, North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Armstrong National, Armstrong, Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA


Painting, Urban Stampede, Grand Forks ND

Thinking of Homeland, an art book project – traveling exhibition, base: London, UK

On Foot in Each World, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Exhibition, River House Arts gallery, Perrysburg, OH

Tallahassee International, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL

Inside Outside, The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

ViewPoints, Aljira: a Contemporary Art Center, Newark, NJ

Light and Landscape, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH


Warp, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

The Smile Without The Cat, Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

MFA Area Show, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2009     Oversea Program Photography Show, SoFA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Outlook, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR Portrait, Japan institute of Photography and Film, Osaka, Japan Water, Osaka Maritime Museum, Osaka, Japan

Emersion, The Visual Communication Quarterly, Analogue Interactivity Exhibition at CAA conference, Los Angeles, CA


Cross Section, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Flip a Bird, Lunar Boy Gallery, Astoria, OR

Hair of a Dog, Bamboo Grove Salon Gallery, Portland, OR


PDX Panels, Portland Art Center Gallery, Portland, OR

Cash and Carry, The Life, Portland, OR

Be Blue Sky, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR


        Art in Italy, MK Gallery, Portland, OR


Department Scholarship Exhibition, MK Gallery, PSU, Portland, OR

Student Juried Exhibition, Portland Community College, Portland, OR


2020 Meadows Faculty Summer Research Fellowships (Southern Methodist University)

          Meadows Faculty Development Grant (Southern Methodist University), awarded multiple times: 2019

          University Research Council Research Grant (Southern Methodist University), awarded multiple times: 2019

2019 Sam Taylor Fellowship, Higher Education & Ministry, awarded multiple times: 2018

2018 Just-in-Time Teaching and Technology Grant, Center for Teaching Excellence and the

          Academic Technology Services (Southern Methodist University)

2017 Idaho Art Fellowship, The Idaho Commission on the Arts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

         Faculty International Development Award – Summer Prague, Czech Republic, International Programs Office (USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium) Seed Grant, Office of Research and Economic Development (University of Idaho)

         QuickFunds, The Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, awarded multiple times: 2015 and 2016

         Dean’s Travel Fund Award (University of Idaho), awarded multiple times: 2013, 2014, and 2015

2016     Alumni Award for Excellence Mentor (University of Idaho)

2nd Place – 6th Annual Armstrong National 2D Competition, University Gallery, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA

2014     Short-listed for Art Gemini Prize 2014, TriSpace Gallery, London, UK

Short-listed for Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh, UK

2013     Artist Residency, Contemporary Artists Center-Woodside, merit fellowship, Troy NY

2012 Short-listed for The Door Prize for painting 2012, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol UK

2011         Artist Residency, La Pan-Pantocrator gallery, Barcelona, Spain

                Portland Community College Diamond Alumni Awards, in honor of PCC’s 50th anniversary (Portland Community College)

                Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Grant (University of North Dakota)

2010     Diversity Fellow Program (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)

2009 Overseas  Program Fellowship (Indiana University)

2008     College of Arts & Sciences Travel Awards (Indiana University) 

2005              Art Department Scholarship (Portland State University)

2004     Florence Heidel-Slatzman Scholarship (Portland State University) 

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