Personal History, Ethnicity and Advocacy: A Talk by Wendy Maruyama

NOTE: Online ticket sales for the event are now closed but tickets can be purchased at the door before the event.

In conjunction with our new exhibition, Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066, Morikami is proud to present a lecture featuring artist Wendy Maruyama. Wendy Maruyama will discuss her work and 35 year career as a furniture maker and artist, culminating in her work that is currently on view at the Morikami Museum, and about the direction that her work and practice has taken her in recent years. This lecture is underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation


  • Cost: $10 for non-members, $7 for members
  • Time: 7:15 (museum doors open at 6:00pm)
  • Tickets will be held at the door under your name
  • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.


Wendy Maruyama is an artist and educator from San Diego, CA. She was one of first two women to graduate with a Masters in furniture making from Rochester Institute of Technology. Maruyama’s early work combined ideologies of feminism and traditional craft objects. Her work continues to move beyond the boundaries of traditional studio craft and into the realm of social practice. In recent years her work has taken a narrative direction, integrating images and text into shrine-like cabinet forms which add an additional layer of sensory experience for the viewer. Executive Order 9066 has hit closer to home for Maruyama – the work is influenced by personal and family history and addresses the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. This event dramatically changed the Japanese American psyche and to this day is still a vague segment of history to most Americans.

Maruyama has exhibited her work nationally, with solo shows in New York City, San Francisco, Scottsdale AZ, Indianapolis, IN Savannah GA, and Easthampton, NY. She has also exhibited in Tokyo, Seoul and London. Her work is included in permanent collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, AUS; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, and LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA. Maruyama is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant, 2010, several National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Visual Artists, the Japan/US Fellowship, and a Fulbright Research Grant to work in the UK.

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