‘distinguished artist’

Masami Teraoka is the spring 2006 Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lecturer and Resident at the Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department in Westchester.

He has the title from Sunday, April 9th, until Saturday, April 22nd.

Teraoka will conduct one-on-one critiques with Otis students and give a free public lecture about his work in a program called Culture of Confession, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13th.

The program will be held at the Otis College Goldsmith Campus Ahmanson Building, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.

“Americans love to confess to strangers and share their personal histories or discuss social and cultural issues with random others,” Teraoka said. “This observation was the context for my Confessional Series, which started in the early 1990s.

“Sexual ethics, human and civil rights, and global issues became major forces behind my imagery.”

The Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency is designed to give Otis College students an opportunity to learn from a professional artist who is pursuing an active studio practice.

Financial support from The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation keeps the Coleman Lectureship and Residency going.

Teraoka was born in 1936 in Onomichi, Japan and received a Bachelor of Arts in aesthetics in 1959 from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.

In 1968, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Otis Art Institute (now called Otis College of Art and Design).

He has been exhibiting his work internationally since 1974 and won several awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monographs of his work have been published in six books, with the newest book, Ascending Chaos, to be published later this year.

He was also the subject of two documentary films, The Floating World: Masami Teraoka and His Art, directed by Louise Lo in 2002, and Masami Teraoka: Cloning Eve and Geisha, directed by Lynda Hess in 2004.

Teraoka currently lives in Hawaii and is represented by Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

“I am the kabuki playwright and director of all my work,” Teraoka said. “I still have a long way to go to uncover all of the enticing visions hidden inside me.”