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Faculty 大学院の指導教員



  • 【Research keywords】
  • ・Sculpture
  • ・Contemporary art
  • ・Art management
  • ・Art handling



Born in Aichi Prefecture, 1989. Artist, Director and installer. Graduated from Sculpture Degree at the Kanazawa Art College. Hijikata is currently works at the Akita University of Art as an assistant for their MA course. Hijikata is mainly working on the tallations which changes according the temperature, humidity and light in its environment. Hijikata involves in the organization of the exhibition spaces, projects and events, and also work as an installer at the exhibitions and fairs.
Since 2017, his project “Mukousangen ryodonari” has invited guests from a diversity of backgrounds to Akita University of Art to hold talks, exhibitions and workshops.
The notable presentations of his work include:
– TIMELINE: Multiple measures to touch time. The Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto; 2019
– Chronicle, chronicle! Creative Center OSAKA, Osaka; 2016-2017
– Niji no fumoto: Hansha suru purosesu [[The foot of the rainbow : reflected process]. Nagoya Citizens’ Gallery Yada, Nagoya; 2014


  • 【Research keywords】
  • ・Life and death
  • ・Sense of time
  • ・Juncture



Born in Fuzhou, China in 1991, Lin first entered the Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts in 2017 as a student in the Master’s Program. Upon graduation in 2021, he joined the Graduate School as assistant. His research centers on the contrasting philosophies of life, death and time between East and West, through analyses of medieval and modern artwork. Based on this research, he creates generative art that uses technology to express his unique interpretation of human thought and ways of thinking, as demonstrated in his solo exhibition “The Pilgrimage of life: Birth, aging, sickness, death & pleasure, anger, sadness, joy” (Akita University of Art Satellite Center; 2020).


  • 【Research keywords】
  • ・Contemporary art
  • ・Pictorial expression
  • ・Cognitive linguistics
  • ・Philosophical epistemology



Horikawa was born in Osaka into a family of inventors. In 2008, she studied abroad at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, and obtained an M.F.A. in oil painting from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2012. She returned to New York in 2015 after receiving a fellowship for overseas researchers from the POLA Art Foundation.
Horikawa’s works ask: How can we understand existence, and how can we share our understanding with others? She explores the cognitive discrepancies that emerge from interpersonal communication, which she expresses through the repeated conversion of image into text, and text into image.

Her major works and activities include:
– Passing on hope with a rugby ball (public monument). Higashiosaka Cultural Creation Hall, Osaka; 2019
– Sunao Horikawa window display work (solo exhibition). POLA THE BEAUTY Ginza, Tokyo; 2019
– POLA Musem Annex exhibition (group exhibition). POLA Musem Annex, Tokyo; 2019
– Dynamic garden in full motion (group exhibition). Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori; 2018
– Art award IN THE CUBE 2017 (group exhibition). The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; 2017
– The thing (solo exhibition). Studio 32, New York, USA; 2016
– Criterium 87 Sunao Horikawa solo exhibition. Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki; 2014
– VOCA 2012 -The vision of contemporary art- (group exhibition). The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; 2012
– New work (group exhibition). Great Hall, New York, USA; 2008
Horikawa has also held a number of workshops at various public and educational institutions.

「Sunao Horikawa official Website」


  • 【Research keywords】
  • ・Photography
  • ・Akita
  • ・Nature
  • ・Moments
  • ・Cycles



Born in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. Graduated Master’s Course, Specialty in Design and Engineering, Tohoku University of Art and Design.
Kusanagi’s photography takes as its subject the nature and climate of his hometown Akita, particularly its invisible “moments and cycles” which can only be captured through film. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

2019 Canon SHINES (selected by Yuki Kajikawa)
2012 Special Runner-up Prize, Pentax Ricoh Photo Contest
2010 Honorable Mention, Canon New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Mika Ninagawa)
2007 Konica Minolta Foto Premio
2005 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Encouragement Award, APA Award

2016 SNOW (photography compilation). FOIL

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021 N.E.blood 21 vol.77 Yu Kusanagi exhibition. Rias Ark Museum, Kesennuma, Miyagi
2020 Water particles. Cyg Art Gallery, Morioka, Iwate
2019 ACID WATER. Hirafuku Memorial Museum, Semboku City, Akita
2018 ACID WATER. Ginza Canon Gallery, Tokyo; Osaka; Nagoya
2016 SNOW. Konica Minolta Plaza, Tokyo
2007 arkhē. Konica Minolta Plaza, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Cultivating successive wisdoms. Akita City Cultural Creation Center, Akita
2020 Yamagata Biennale 2020. Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata
2019 The narrative of the shore. CASE Space Revolution, Bangkok, Thailand
2018 Yoru to bijutsu [Night and art]. Akita Museum of Art, Akita
2014 Nature in Tokyo. KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival. Yuuhisai Koudouka, Kyoto

「YU KUSANAGI official」