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b. Kumamoto, Japan



1995   MFA, Printmaking, Academy of Art University, San Francisco

1989   BFA, Painting/Printmaking, Musashino Art College, Tokyo



2024   Legnica SILVER Festival, RING Gallery, Poland, "Ethereal Journey"

2020   Micheko Gallery, Munich, "Natural Grace"

2018   Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, "Floating Dreamscapes"

2018   Micheko Gallery, Munich, "Fiber World"

2017   Hå Gamle Prestegard, Nærbø, Norway, "Translucent Exploration"

2016   SHISEIDO THE GINZA, Tokyo, “Ittenten (一点展)”

2014   Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA,"Translucent Exploration"

2012   Morikami Museum, Delray Beach, FL, "Unfolding Stories"

2011   Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, "Unfolding Stories"

2010   Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, "Unfolding Stories"

2010   Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, "Unfolding Stories"

2007   Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, "Metal Box Sculptures"

2003   Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, solo show

2001   Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, "Hakoniwa"

1999   Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, "Takarabako"


2024   MAN Museum of Art, province of Nuoro, Italy, "DIORAMA. Generation Earth"

2024   Museum of Fine Art, Boston, "Dress Up"

2024   ADI Design Museum, Milan, Italy, "Origin of Simplicity"

2022   Hana Asagi Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, "Accessaries and Perfume Bottles"

2022   Japan House São Paulo, "[ím]pares"

2021   Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design, London

           (represented by Micheko Galerie, Munich)

2020   Tamat: Tapestry and Textile Arts Museum, Tournai, Belgium, "Pleats"
2019   Galerie La Joaillerie Par Mazlo, Paris, "Mirabilia"

2019   LOOT 2019, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

2019   Society of Arts + Craft, Boston, "Adorning Boston and Beyond"

2018   Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI, "Fiber and Glass"

2017   National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, "Metal in Motion"

2017   Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA, "Interwoven: Art Meets Nature"

2017   New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA, Juried, Excellence in Fibers,

2015   Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, International Juried, Craft Forms 2015

2014   Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Juried, "New Directions"

2009   Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, "Heirlooms of the Future"

2006   Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, "Basket (R)evolution"

2003   Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, "Making Magic"

2003   Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, "Revealing Influences: Conversations with Bay Area Artists"

2003   National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, "Transformations 3"

2002   Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, "Cabinets of Wonder/Redux"

2001   Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, 

          "Transformation: Contemporary Works in Small Metals, Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition"

2000   Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, "Reliquaries for America"

1996-2009  SOFA New York & Chicago


2023  Tiffany & Co. "Underwater Flora and Fauna” summer windows, New York & Paris

2023  Elizabeth Arden, Spring promo campaign 

2022  Low Island, “Life in Miniature” CD and vinyl

2020  La Mer, Mother's Day marketing campaign

2019  Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris Fashion Week haute couture, Spring-Summer 2019

2018  Lela Rose, Spring Collection launch, New York, NY


2023-2028   The Pier-2 art center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan



2021   Fashion Council: “'Big in Japan' by Jean Paul Gaultier and Mariko Kusumoto," Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2012   Art in Residence, Morikami Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2011   Photo-etching workshop, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh

2010   Lecture, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2009   Lecture, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2008   Lecture, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.

2007   Lecture and Workshop, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

2007   Workshop, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2006   Lecture, East Coast Meets West Coast, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston


2023   Flow, number 62, June/July (France)

2022   Iro, The essence of color in Japanese design, Rossella Menegazzo, Phaidon Press

2022   Cover feature: What Women Create (USA), Spring 

2021   Unravelling Women's Art (UK), P.L.Henderson

2021   Cover feature: ArteMorbida (Italy), October, "Wearing the Sea," Barbara Pavan

2021   Vision (China), issue 183, December

2020   Cover feature: Uppercase (Canada), April/May/June, "Achieving Transparency," Laura Tarrish

2020   Handwerken (Netherlands), Number 220, "Cewichtloze Sculpturen," Alie Dijk

2020   DPI (Taiwan), May, vol. 244

2019   A Big Important Artist: A Womanual (USA), Danielle Krysa

2018   Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists (USA), Andra F. Stanton.

2017   Diver (Japan), November

2017   Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 3: Wearable Art (USA)Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney 

2017   Creative Extreme (Germany), Topp

2017   Eller Decor Japan, no.149, April

2017   Fiber Art Now, “Excellence in Fibers” a juried exhibition in print (USA), Winter 2016/17

2016   Textiel Plus (Holland), #237

2016   Feng (Malaysia), September 

2016   Artist 藝術家雜誌 (Taiwan), July

2015   Fiber Art Now (USA), “Excellence in Fibers” a juried exhibition in print, Winter 2015/16

2015   Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print (USA), “Moved by Metal: On Beauty As Interaction,” Wendy Steiner

2015   DPI (Taiwan), August, Vol. 196

2015   Cover feature: American Craft (USA), April/May, “Objects of Wonder,” Joyce Lovelace

2014   Cover feature: Fiber Art Now (USA), Summer, “Exploring Weightlessness,” Marcia Young

2012   Humor in Craft (USA), Brigitte Martin

2010   New England Home (USA), May-June, “Elements of Surprise,” Louis Postel

2010   Northwest Life Magazine (USA), Vol. 2, No. 3, “An Opening Adventure in Art,” Melissa Russell

2010   Boston Globe, May 28, “Intricate Worlds Only Seem Small,” Cate McQuaid

2010   Boston Globe Magazine, May 16, “Small Worlds,” James Sullivan

2008   Cover feature: Metalsmith (USA), Vol. 28, No. 2, “Cicada Larvae Dreams and Other Stories,” Mija Riedel

2007   Mariko Kusumoto: Metal Box Sculptures, published by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2007   Boston Globe, April 5, “Recognize it? Think again. Toying with Perception,” Cate McQuaid

2006   Launching the Imagination (USA), Mary Stewart

2004   Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print (USA), “Mariko Kusumoto,” Claire Sanford

2003   Boston Globe, December 28 “A Hot Scene’s Coolest Exhibits,” Cate McQuaid

2003   Boston Globe, July 18, “Metalworker’s Pieces Are Miniature Marvels,” Cate McQuaid

2003   Art Jewelry Today (USA), Dona Z. Meilach

2002   Metalsmith (USA), Spring, “Matter into Metaphor: Transformation in Asian and Western Metals,” Celia Rabinovitch

1999   The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets (USA), Tim McCreight

1999   Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print (USA), “Metalsmith Sculpture,” Christine Clark and Jane Kyle

1998   American Craft (USA), June/July, “Portfolio: Mariko Kusumoto”



2017   TV3, "Ja t’ho faràs," Barcelona

2008   Bloomberg TV, “Muse,” USA



Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), London

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

The Kock Collection, Swiss National Museum, Zurich

National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Kamm Teapot Foundation, Statesville, NC

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Morikami Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Jean Paul Gaultier

Robin Williams

various private collections



2019   Acquisition Award, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

2015   Juror’s Awards, Craft Forms 2015, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2011   Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council

2000   Winner, Niche Award, Clocks


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