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Kensuke Yamada at Cheekwood

Kensuke will spend the month of May at Cheekwood as our 2016 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence. He will be the first ceramic artist to be featured as an artist-in-residence at Cheekwood, and the first to utilize our impressive ceramics studio. Kensuke’s exhibition will open during an exciting time of year as young as young children fill the Frist Learning Center spaces for our annual summer camp. Children of all ages will find inspiration in the whimsical and playful work of Kensuke, and be able to witness his impressive sculptures during their time at Cheekwood. Many of these students will be utilizing the same studio space that Kensuke will work in during his residency to sculpt their own unique creations. This should be a truly inspirational and educational experience for them, and hopefully show them what can be accomplished if they follow their passion for the creative arts.

Kensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan in 1979 and moved to the United States in 2001. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2009 and has a BA from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Kensuke has participated in artist residency programs at The Archie Bray Foundation (Montana), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Mass), Oregon College
of Art and Craft (Oregon), and was an invited guest to make a sculpture at Chihuly Inc (Washington) and Ox-Bow (Michigan). His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the USA at SOFA CHICAGO, Holter Museum of Art, Lillstreet Art Center, Seattle Center, and more. His work has also been included in the permanent collections of the Missoula Art Museum (Montana), Safeco Insurance (Washington), and the Bellevue Club (Washington). Kensuke is currently a visiting artist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

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