Toshiko Takaezu

ToshikoTakaezuToshiko Takaezu was born in 1922, in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. Her parents were Japanese immigrants from Okinawa, Japan. She studied art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa but in 1951 enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was also an educator as well as an artist. For nearly a decade, She taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art and after returning from Japan, taught at Princeton University for twenty five years. She retired from Princeton in 1992. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Takaezu’s work was showcased in a traveling retrospective that originated at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in 1995 and the exhibition “The Poetry of Clay: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2004. The book, “The Art of Toshiko Takaezu: In the Language of Silence,” edited by Peter Held, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in April, 2011. In 2011, At the age of 88, Takaezu died in Honolulu.