“My goal as an instructor is not to simply tell students what may make their art work better, but to demonstrate how to think and work as an artist.”
Japanese born Masako Kamiya grew up in Chiba, a suburb just south of Tokyo. After studying in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, she came to the United States. She received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art, followed by an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1999.
Soon after graduation, her work met with critical success, and has been reviewed in The Boston Globe. Masako joined the full time faculty at Montserrat teaching in the Painting and Foundation Departments in the fall of 2002.
Her solo show at Kingston Gallery in 2002 was featured in Art in America and featured in two editions of New American Paintings. In 2004 she received a grant from the St. Botolph Foundation. Since 2003, she has been represented by Gallery NAGA. (www.gallerynaga.com). In 2006, she was recognized by the International Association of Art Critics for presenting the Best Gallery Show of an Emerging Artist in New England. In April 2010, her fifth solo show at Gallery NAGA has run along with the first museum solo exhibit at Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA.
She is a 2006 and 2010 recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and also a recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship in 2015, and Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Award in 2016.
Teaching painting at Montserrat College of Art, her alma mater, it is her goal “not to simply tell students what may make their art work better, but to demonstrate how to think and work as an artist.” She is an associate professor in Foundation and Painting Departments at Montserrat College of Art. Her website is masakokamiya.com.
Education: B.F.A. and Diploma, Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art; M.F.A., Painting, Massachusetts College of Art