Ai Kijima

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Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan
Currently resides in New York, NY

Education
2005      M.F.A. in Fiber and Material Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2002      B.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions
2008      Ai Kijima, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2006      Fused and Quilted, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2005      Mediated Pop, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions
2008      Appropos, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada
              True Grit: Frames, Fixations & Flirtations, McColl Center of Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
              The Other Mainstream II: Selections from the Mikki and Stanley Weithorn Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ (catalog)
2007      BAC!, Barcelona International Contemporary Art Festival, Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (catalog)
              Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Pop Culture, Curated by Sarah Quinton, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax (catalog), Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
              New Works 2007: Celebrating Recent Gifts to RAM, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
              Lovely, Dark and Deep, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2006      pop! Contemporary Textiles Influenced by Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL
2005      Material Inquiry, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
              New Cartoons!, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
              Urban Renewal, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
              3 Degrees Art Expo, Zentra Nightclub, Chicago, IL
2004      Cake White Palace, Texas Ballroom, Chicago, IL
              Contemporary Fiber, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
              Crowning Glory, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
              Feminine Form, Fleur Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003      Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age, In These Times, Chicago; IL, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Gaea Foundation, Washington, DC
              The Elements: Asian/Pacific Art & Artists, High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002      Artwindows, Salvatore Ferragamo, Paul Stuart, Chicago, IL
              Clune Construction, Chicago, IL
              Fresh: New Work/New Perspective, American Craft Council Show, Chicago, IL
              Nippon Steel USA, Chicago, IL
2001      Fiberart International, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA
2000      Celebrating the Spirit: An Interfaith Exhibition, Convergence 2000, Covington, KY
              Mood Indigo: Contemporary Quilt, New England Quilt Museum Lowell, MA

Bibliography
2007      Toebbe, Ann. "Ai Kijima", Beautiful/Decay, Issue R (February)
2006      Davis, Ben. "Crazy Quilts", artnet Magazine, October 13, 2006
              Stevens, Dennis. "Japanese Mind, Western Things: The Quilted Textiles of Ai Kijima," Redefining Craft
2005      "Postmodern Quilting" (10/7/05), Chicago Reader by Fred Camper
              "American Excess" (9/16/05), Chicago Sun-Times by Margaret Hawkins
              Art Letter (8/14/05) by Paul Klein
              Chicago Life supplement of the Sunday New York Times (8/14/05) by Paul Klein
              Capsule Reviews (3/3/05), Houston Press
              Fluid, nr 57
              "Layer upon Layer," Fiberarts Magazine Summer 2005 issue
2003      Atomica Magazine, Dissident issue
              Lucky Magazine, June issue
2002      Pixelsurgeon Interview, www.pixelsurgeon.com
2001      "Fiber Twists into Expression", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Collections
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Awards
Fellowship Competition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL