NomineeKeiko Kubota - Miura
Nominee PronounsKeiko Kubota Miura
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Nominee Resume or CVKeiko-Resume-E-2024-pdf.pdf
Additional Information 1Keikos-MASC-News-latter-2019.pdf
Additional Information 2AMY-2022-PR.pdf
Additional Information 3Keiko-Kubota-Miura-FIDEM-tokyo-2021-Printed-Medallie.pdf
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Describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the IMPACT Award. Maximum 5000 characters.

From a young age, I have always had a strong interest in creative activities. This led me to art school where I became infatuated with the metal medium in an elementary metal craft class. I was deeply inspired and in awe by the various metal techniques that allowed the material to be shaped in ways that other materials cannot. The experience was so profound that I have been creating metal works for almost four decades and have never forgotten the joy I felt.

I studied the ancient and traditional Japanese techniques of metalsmithing at Tokyo University of Arts, as well as the contemporary western approaches to metal art at SUNY New Paltz. Respected artists such as Robert Ebendorf and Jamie Bennett helped me understand the significance of conceptual elements behind artistic expressions, and apply this critical approach to my own artistic process.

I find endless inspiration in metalworking to create various forms of metal such as precious metal jewelry, electroformed copper, titanium art jewelry, medals, sculptures, outdoor sculptures, and monuments in bronze and cast iron. I utilize an innovative electroforming technique that involves recycling copper sheets to create cosmic shapes in my art. 

My works, such as my "Gift from the Universe" jewelry series and my contemporary medals have received critical acclaim. I have also exhibited these pieces at venues such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Metal Museum in Memphis. 

The message "SAVE OUR PLANET" has been the focus of my series of artworks for several years. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt a stronger sense of urgency towards this theme. Ute Decker's presentation at SNAG further convinced me of the importance of highlighting this message and prompted artists to think more about sustainability in art.

I spoke at FIDEM (International Art Medal Federation) 2021 Congress in Tokyo about promoting sustainable art in medal making. In order to spread my message of "SAVE OUR PLANET” that prompts the audience to act with consideration for the long term survival of humanity as a whole, I submitted my entry for the U.S. delegate medal at FIDEM Tokyo, and it was selected and distributed to delegates globally. Later, I won the 2022 American Medal of the Year Award Grand prize for my self-portrait medal "SAVE OUR PLANET from COVID-19". 

In 2023, I presented the process of making that U.S. delegation medal at FIDEM Florence.  Through my experience, I shared how I discovered that the value of art is not only in its aesthetic appeal and craftsmanship, but also in the emotions and ideas that the artist infuses into it. And I believe that the true value of a work of art lies in its ability to transcend boundaries and appeal to the emotions of its audience. By integrating the message "SAVE OUR PLANET" into my artwork, I am strongly advocating for a way of life that safeguards the planet.
This year I am applying for SNAG's 2024 IMPACT Awards to spread the "SAVE OUR PLANET" message. During the pandemic, many exhibitions were canceled or postponed. I decided to enter because I realized that it was just as important if not more so, to interact with people and help them better understand the meaning and value behind my work.

One of the actions I have taken for "SAVE OUR PLANET" is a project with my Tokyo University alumni to support young people to go abroad. Living in the U.S. as an immigrant artist from Japan is not an easy task. However, by taking advantage of both countries and gaining an international perspective, I have experienced tremendous growth as an artist.

I am organizing exhibitions and events to build bridges between Japan and the United States under the theme of "Save Our Planet". We aim to introduce young New York artists to Japan and vice versa. We have opened sister galleries in both Tokyo and New York to expand the artistic horizons of both countries' artists and audiences through exhibitions and workshops. I hope that this will help pass on a richer world to future generations. Also, as an artist, I believe that by helping other artists develop their message and increasing opportunities for them to interact with audiences, I can help them understand metal artworks, especially those that are not common and usually more difficult to understand.

Through this experience, I learned the concept of paying it forward. When I first came to the U.S., I received an incredible amount of help from many people, and I wanted to pay them back. However, many had already passed on, so I couldn't pay them back directly. Instead, I thought that helping young people going through similar hardships would be a way to give back. I believe that if everyone has such an awareness of taking care of people and the planet and paying back the favor as a way of giving back to the earth that nurtured us, our earth will not be ruined, but will become a better place and help “SAVE OUR PLANET”.

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