Born Kagawa, Japan

Lives in London


1995–1997          Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1991–1994          Bachelor of Fine Arts, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan



2018            蝶の羽ばたきTime Difference 時差 VOL.3 New York ‒ Seattle–London–Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2018            In the Shadow of Olympus, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016            Time Difference 時差展 VOL.2 SEATTLE ‒ NEW YORK ‒ TOKYO ‒ KOBE, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan

2016            Evolution: Art, Science & Adaption, Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

2015            Bellingham National 2015 Exhibition and Awards, juried by Scott Lawrimore, Whatcome Museum, Bellingham, WA

2015            ART BEASTIES, pop-up show, Prole Drift Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015            Time Difference: Seattle – New York – Tokyo, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014            Fluid Destinations, ART BEASTIES, culturefix Gallery, New York, NY

2014            INTRODUCTION, ART BEASTIES, Japanese artist collective first group exhibition in NYC, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY

2014             PARK AT PARTY, Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

2013             Maneki Neko, Japan’s Beckoning Cats, From Talisman to Pop Icon, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2013             Set the Table for SAM, Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

2012             Elles: SAM Gallery Northwest Women Artists, SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011              currents 11, The 2nd Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2010             BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2010             Tacoma Foundation Nominees Exhibition, curated by Margaret Bullock, Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2009             BUILD-A-HOUSE /OPEN HOUSE, Howard House Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

2008             SOIL@SOIL, Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL

2008             Heritage and Windows, All Nations Cup 2008, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA

2007             Compass: New Directions, curated by Jill Conner, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007             The 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2007             Building Tradition: Contemporary Northwest Art from Tacoma Art Museum, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA

2006             Common Ground, curated by Jess Van Nostrand, SOIL Gallery, Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL

2006             Skid Row, Howard House Contemporary Art, Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL

2006             New Works Laboratory, 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2006             Hardline Organics Part One and Part Two – a tale of absurd optimism, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006             Fresh, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2005             Aqua Art Miami, SOIL Gallery and Howard House Contemporary Art, Miami Beach, FL

2005             MA, NAC Japan, Novara Arte Cultura, Novara, Italy  (two-person show)

2005             Building Tradition: Gifts in Honor of the Northwest Art Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2004             Masquerade, curated by Bret Marion, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004             Trespass: Site Specific Installation, Chateau de La Napoule, La Napoule, France

2003             Simple Behavior, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA  (2 person show)

2003             Northwest Annual, juried by Esther Luttikhuizen, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle

2003             Artists and Maps: Cartography as a Means of Knowing, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

2003             Fashion is ART, curated by Thread for Art, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2002             Multiplex: 22 Contemporary Artists, curated by Michael Van Horn, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

2002             LAVA 2002: Contemporary Art in Seattle, Noodleworks, Seattle, WA

2001             Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition, juried by Sue Spaid, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2001              Atlas, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA  (2 person show)

2000             00 / 01, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

1999             The End: Tacoma Art Museum’s Biennial, juried by Fred Wilson, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA



2016–           Overlake Station, Sound Transit, Redmond, WA

2016–           Lecture Hall, Evergreen State College, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

2017             TransFORM ll, Tacoma Housing Authority, Bay Terrace, Tacoma, WA

2014             TransFORM, Tacoma Housing Authority: Bay Terrace, City of Tacoma Municipal Art Program, Tacoma, WA

2008             Filament, Seattle City Light Elevator Lobby, Seattle, WA

2006             White Vanishing: Light and Shadow, Electric Gallery, Union Street Substation Project, Seattle, WA

2004             Seeded Forest: Terrazzo Floor in collaboration with Joseph Miller, New Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA



2015             Public Utilities Cultural Perspectives portable artwork purchase, Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle

2009             Pierce County Art Bank Portable Works, Tacoma, WA

2008             Seattle City Light, Seattle, WA

2006             Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

2004             Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

2003             Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2002             Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

2001             The Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA



2017             Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, WA

2011             Tacoma Arts Initiative Program Grant, Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma, WA  (also in 2003)

2010             Grant for Art Project, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA  (also in 2005 and 1999)

2009             Nominee, Foundation of Art Award, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma, WA

2007             Arts Special Project Program Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA (also in 2006 and 2005)

2007             Nominee, The Neddy Artist Fellowship Award, Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA

2006             CityArtist Projects Grant, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA

2004             Joshibi Intensive Work and Research Fellowship, Tokyo, Japan

2002             Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle, WA

2002             PONCHO Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2001             The Pollock-Krasner Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc, New York, NY

2001             George Tsutakawa Memorial Scholarship, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA



2006             New Works Laboratory, 911 Media Arts Center and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005             NAC: Novara Arte Cultura, Novara, Italy

2005             Artist in Residency in Education, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

2004             La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule, France

2003             PONCHO Artist in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2001             Centrum Creative Residency, Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA

2001             Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT



2015             Teaching Artist, Digital Media & Advance Art, Charles Wright Academy, University Place, WA

2013–           Member, Art Beasties, Japanese Artist Collective, New York, NY

2013             Teaching Artist, Artist in Residence at Sherman Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

2012             Workshop and Artist Talk, Kittredge Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

2010             BAM Biennial Artist Talks, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2010             BAM Biennial 2010: NW Clay Symposium, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2006             Publication Project Director: SOIL 2006, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006             Co-Curator, Hardline Organics, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003–2005  Publication Project Director: SOIL ARTIST-RUN GALLERY 1995>2005, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003             Co-Curator, Fashion is Art, Seattle, WA

2002             Co-Organizer, LAVA 2002, Seattle, WA

1998–2009   Member, SOIL Artist-run Gallery, Seattle, WA

1997             Teaching, Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA



Ponnekanti, Rosemary. “Digital and Physical mesh in the mystical Nakamura-Campbell exhibit “Kukai” at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound. The New Tribune. January 23, 2013

Duff, Deanna. “Women take over: Northwest Asian Artists at SAM.” Northwest Asian Weekly. (November 15, 2012)

Kangas, Matthew. “Bellevue Art Museum Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown.” Ceramic Monthly. (April 2011), pp.56–57.

Kangas, Matthew. International Exhibition Reviews.  Art in America (May 2010), p.165

Langner, Erin. “Yuki Nakamura and Gretchen Bennett.” The Stranger (January 12, 2010)

Hackett, Regina. “Yuki Nakamura – old light.” Another Bouncing Ball (

Levine, Stacey. “Man Repeatedly Drowns in Elevator Lobby. Seven new art installations unveiled in the City Light Building.” City Arts (February 2009), p.9.

Grant, Adriana. “Utility sheds some light on lobby art.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer (February 13, 2009), p.27.

Lombardi, D. Dominick. “Compass: New Directions A show curated by Jill Conner at Black & White Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.” D’art International. Volume 11, Number1. (Spring/Summer 2008)

Art Fag City. “Compass New Directions at Black and White Gallery in Williamsburg.” Thursday, November 8, 2008.

Rodger Stevens. “Compass: New Directions.” Wagmag (2007-10-01).

Kelly, Peter. “Shiplike ‘city,’ scenes of war, pirate radio featured in new Henry exhibits.” UWEEK, Vol. 24, No.8 (November 16–29, 2006).

Conner, Jill. “Anime and Role Play: Bubblegum Crisis.” Whitewall Magazine (Third Issue 2006), p.137.

Luttikhuizen, Esther. “The Curator’s Eye: In Thin Air.” City Arts (November/December 2006), p.30.

Seattle Weekly (October 11, 2006), p.71.

Graves, Jen. “Kingdom, Come.” The Stranger (September 28–October 4, 2006), p.61.

Liang, Yi. “SOIL.” Vision Magazine, China (September 2006), pp.193–194

Conner, Jill. “Fragile Simplicity,” Sculpture Magazine (July/August Issue, 2006), pp.42–47.

Neyens, Matt. “Yuki Nakamura Mapping the Moment at Howard House.” Rivet, R15 The Green Issue (2006), p.27.

Lind, Katie. “Nakamura Brings the Suspense” to UPS.” The Trail, Volume 94, Issue 12 (February 17, 2006), p.12.

Kangas, Matthew. “A delightful show of team spirit at SOIL.” Seattle Times (January 20, 2006), p.41.

Jelenkovich, Gioia Raimondi. “Al Nac le installazion di due artiste giapponesi.” Corriere di Novara (May 6, 2005).

Marforio, Sabrina. “Installation d’ avangurdia, tanti ospiti perdue artiste giapponesi.” Novaraoggi (April 29, 2005).

Kunimatsu, Susan. “Art Worlds: The expanding universe of Yuki Nakamura.” International Examiner (August 4–17, 2004), p.1, p.11.

B.G. “Les artists du monde ouvrent leurs ports.” Nice-Matin (February 29, 2004).

Irizarry, Elvis. “The Fictional Atlas of Yuki Nakamura.” International Examiner (November 20–December 3, 2002), p.13.

Brown, Elizabeth, and Corrin, Lisa. “The Mountain is Out.” MODERN PAINTERS (Autumn 2002), p.47.

H.K, Leo. “Danger: The Art of Yuki Nakamura.” International Examiner (July 18–31, 2001), p.15.

Hackett, Regina. “Meet the artists.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer (October 5, 2000), p.E1, E4.



2018             蝶の羽ばたきTime Difference 時差VOL.3 New York ‒ Seattle–London–Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Art Beasties Publications

2016             Time Difference 時差展 VOL.2 SEATTLE ‒ NEW YORK ‒ TOKYO ‒ KOBE, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Art Beasties Publications

2013             CARTOGRAPHY: Artists + Maps, text by Katharine Harmon (Chinese Translation), UnderTable Press, China

2011             Return to the Viewer: Selected Art Reviews by Matthew Kangas, Midmarch Arts Pr

2009             500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books

2009             CARTOGRAPHY: Artists + Maps, text by Katharine Harmon, a hardcover edition by Princeton Architectural Press

2008             Yuki Nakamura, artist monograph, essays by Jill Conner, Rock Hushka, Stefano Catalani, Gary Owen, Fionn Meade, Gen Graves

and Elizabeth Brown, Seattle, WA

2008             SOIL 2008, profile by Sara Callahan, SOIL Publications, Seattle, WA

2007             Compass: New Directions, essay by Jill Conner, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007             The 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship, essay by Jess Van Nostrand, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2006             SOIL 2006, profile by Jill Conner, SOIL Publications, Seattle

2006             One Shot 2006, Visual Codec, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC

2006             NAC Story, essay by Davide Vanotti, NAC Publications, Novara, Italy

2005             SOIL Artist-run Gallery 1995-2005, profile by Rock Hushka and Stefano Catalani, SOIL Publications, Seattle, WA

2003             Fashion is Art, essay by Rhonda Howard, profile by Fionn Meade, THREAD for ART, Seattle, WA

2003             Building Tradition, essay by Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2002             LAVA 2002, essay by Rhonda Howard, profile by Anna Fahey, THREAD, Seattle, WA