Masako Kamiya

Professor, FT

Teaching painting at Montserrat College of Art, her alma mater, it is her goal “not to simply tell students what may make their artwork better, but to demonstrate how to think and work as an artist.” She is a full professor in the Foundation and Painting Departments at Montserrat College of Art.

Masako Kamiya’s acrylic gouache paintings are constructed of thousands of tiny nodules of paint, one built upon another, creating fields of color that shift and move, generating patterns and illusions.

Kamiya’s work has been represented at Gallery NAGA (www.gallerynaga.com) since 2002. She is a recent recipient of the Blanche Colman Award (2018). Other grants she received were Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship and the A.R.T Fund (2017), Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed Foundation Grant (2016), Brother Thomas Fellowship (2015), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting (2006 & 2010).

Masako joined the full-time faculty at Montserrat teaching in the Painting and Foundation Departments in the fall of 2002. Japanese-born Masako Kamiya grew up in Chiba, a suburb just south of Tokyo. After studying in Vancouver, B.C. In 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.